Antiquaries and oral sources

William Stenhouse (Yeshiva University, New York)

William Stenhouse teaches history at Yeshiva University in New York. He works on the reception of classical antiquities in the early modern period, and especially at how scholars used Roman inscriptions. His books include the volume Ancient inscriptions in the Catalogue raisonné of Cassiano dal Pozzo’s Paper Museum (2002), and Reading Inscriptions, Writing Ancient History: Historical Scholarship in the Late Renaissance (2005).

This paper will examine how travelling antiquaries gathered information from the inhabitants of the places that they visited. Antiquaries tended to identify ruins or to assess objects by comparing them with what they learned from books. In the sixteenth century, however, as scholars explored the remains of Rome across Europe, they found that their texts provided little or no guidance. These scholars turned to local inhabitants for information about the places they visited, even if those local inhabitants lacked the book learning the antiquaries prized. I will look at examples of how antiquaries viewed and described local people, and at how they included local memories and traditions in their work.


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Haude Morvan (7 mai 2024). Antiquaries and oral sources. Dans l'œil des antiquaires. Consulté le 22 juillet 2024 à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/11nhy


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