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Life and Early Travels

Life and Early Travels

Cyriac of Ancona

Edited and translated by Charles Mitchell, Edward W. Bodnar, and Clive Foss

ISBN 9780674599208

Publication date: 05/04/2015

Cyriac of Ancona (1391–1452) was among the first to study the physical remains of the ancient world in person and for that reason is sometimes regarded as the father of classical archaeology. This volume contains a life of Cyriac to the year 1435 by his friend Francesco Scalamonti, which relies on Cyriac’s own records, along with several letters to and from Cyriac, and other texts illustrating his early life. These include Cyriac’s letter-treatise in praise of Julius Caesar, countering the attacks on the founder of the Roman Empire made by Renaissance republicans. A number of the texts included have been freshly edited and translated for the first time in this volume.


  • Charles Mitchell (1912–1995) was Professor of the History of Art, Emeritus, at Bryn Mawr College.
  • Edward W. Bodnar (1920–2011) was Professor of Classics, Emeritus, at Georgetown University.
  • Clive Foss is retired from teaching history at Georgetown University.

Book Details

  • 400 pages
  • 5-1/4 x 8 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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