Urban Legends: Civic Identity and the Classical Past in Northern Italy, 1250-1350

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Penn State Press, 2011 - History - 278 pages
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Between 1250 and 1350, numerous Italian city-states jockeyed for position in a cutthroat political climate. Seeking to legitimate and ennoble their autonomy, they turned to ancient Rome for concrete and symbolic sources of identity. Each city-state appropriated classical symbols, ancient materials, and Roman myths to legitimate its regime as a logical successor to&—or continuation of&—Roman rule. In Urban Legends, Carrie Bene&š illuminates this role of the classical past in the construction of late medieval Italian urban identity.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Appropriating a Roman Past
13
Padua
39
Genoa
63
Siena
89
Perugia
115
Classical Scholarship and Public Service
143
Conclusion
167
Biographical Appendix
173
Notes
197
Bibliography
235
Index
265
Back Cover
279
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Carrie Bene&š is Associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance History at the New College of Florida.

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