Primitive Culture in Italy

Primitive Culture in Italy

Primitive Culture in Italy

Primitive Culture in Italy

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This work is in some measure a companion and supplement to Primitive Culture in Greece, although it can be read quite independently of it. Like it, the book is not for the specialist, but for the general reader who wishes to know something of the beginnings of a great and notable civilization, the effects of which are still to be seen in our modern culture. Therefore elaborate documentation has not been attempted, and also, for the sake of brevity, many things are stated as facts which the student of such matters knows to be more or less hypothetical. I have, however, tried not to leave the reader without means of inquiring further into the matter and satisfying himself, if he is so inclined, as to the correctness, or otherwise, of the views I have put forward. As Latin is a language somewhat better known to the educated public than Greek, I have been somewhat less sparing than in the companion work of references to original authorities, especially as most of them can be had in translation. Also, since the late W. Warde Fowler taught me to take a deep interest in the religion of ancient Italy, I have ventured here and there to introduce, at doubtful points, views of my own. My indebtedness, however, both to Warde Fowler and to the great foreign masters of the subject, especially Mommsen and Wissowa, will be apparent to anyone acquainted with Italian antiquities who reads what I have written.

H. J. ROSE

ABERYSTWYTH JULY, 1926 . . .

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