The Foundations of Roman Italy

The Foundations of Roman Italy

The Foundations of Roman Italy

The Foundations of Roman Italy

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A reviewer of the Prae-Italic Dialects of Italy, writing in the Times Literary Supplement of September 6, 1934, said that "the first result to be hoped" from the publication of that work was "a renewal of the attempt to construct, at least in outline, a history of pre-Roman Italy" which would be "in harmony both with the testimony of written records and with that of the material remains". The present volume, which I venture to hope may be regarded as such a renewed attempt, for the student and the general reader, is based on materials collected in the course of a decade or more during which my chief interest, after my teaching duties, has been pre- Roman Italy; to that fascinating land I now bid a reluctant farewell.

The Foundations of Roman Italy, indeed, although repeatedly delayed until after the completion of the Prae- Italic Dialects (which was over four years in printing), was conceived during the visits to Italy and Sicily which I made for the purposes of my other book. At that time I seized the opportunity to study the archæological record of the tribes whose linguistic remains I was then engaged in collecting. The beginning of my interest in the subject goes back even further, to the lectures of Ridgeway and of Conway; far as I have long since advanced from the theories which they held, it would be unjust not to record . . .

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