This book shows how the work of a group of scholars active in Rome in the mid-sixteenth century redefined the scope and nature of historical writing. In collecting and comparing inscriptions from Classical Rome, they began to question the value of these inscriptions as historical sources. Their work not only laid the foundations for modern epigraphy, but greatly expanded the range of sources available to historians. Reading Inscriptions and Writing Ancient History provides a history of the individuals involved, and the effect of the developing technology of printing on their research.
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