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Urban Legends (Hardback)

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

P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval History

Imprint: Penn State University Press
Pages: 296
Illustrations: b/w illus
ISBN: 9780271037653
Published: 31st March 2011
Casemate UK Academic


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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 Benes illuminates this role of the classical past in the construction of late medieval Italian urban identity.

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