Ancient Legends of Roman History

Ancient Legends of Roman History

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Ancient Legends of Roman History

Ancient Legends of Roman History

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With the exception of a few pages which have already appeared in Italy, this volume was written in America. The majority of the chapters were prepared as lectures for the Lowell Institute of Boston. The others were read before Columbia University, Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Chicago.

The present volume contains special and minute demonstrations of subjects already succinctly treated by me in my Storia di Roma, and represents new studies and new experiences. The judgments of intelligent and honest critics have been considered. Nevertheless I uphold and affirm the fundamental views set forth by me in my previous works. This is not the result of obstinacy. It is the logical conclusion of an objective and untiring examination of facts.

The conclusions attained in my Storia di Roma have been the source of many controversies in my native country. In compensation, however, they have gained for me the sympathy of the scientific public in the other countries of Europe, and also in America. It is natural, then, that I, who have been so cordially welcomed by the American universities, should present to the English-speaking public of this country these and future results of my researches.

The volume has been composed under the shadow of the universities already mentioned. I feel it incumbent upon me, therefore, to extend my sincere thanks to the professors who so kindly aided me. It is impossible to mention all. I trust, however, that it may be granted me to express my gratitude, in a particular manner, to Professors A. L. Lowell and W. T. Sedgwick, of the Lowell Institute; Professors J. C. Egbert and N. G. McCrea, of Columbia University; Professors C. H. Haskins, M. H. Morgan and J. H. Wright, of Harvard University; Mr. M. S. Prichard, of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Professors D. C.Munro . . .

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