BOOKS RECEIVED: Niall Atkinson, “The Noisy Renaissance: Sound, Architecture, and Florentine Urban Life” (Penn State UP, 2016)
From the strictly regimented church bells to the freewheeling chatter of civic life, Renaissance Florence was a city built not just of stone but of sound as well. An evocative alternative to the dominant visual understanding of urban spaces, The… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Y. Tzvi Langermann and Robert G. Morrison, eds., “Texts in Transit in the Medieval Mediterranean” (Penn State UP, 2016)
This collection of essays studies the movement of texts in the Mediterranean basin in the medieval period from historical and philological perspectives. Rejecting the presumption that texts simply travel without changing, the contributors examine closely the nature of these writings,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Marie Louise Stig Srensen and Dacia Viejo Rose, eds., “War and Cultural Heritage: Biographies of Place” (Cambridge UP, 2015)
The reconstruction of society after conflict is complex and multifaceted. This book investigates this theme as it relates to cultural heritage through a number of case studies relating to European wars since 1864. The case studies show in detail how… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Ralph Haeussler, “Becoming Roman: Diverging Identities and Experiences in Ancient Northwest Italy” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
Few empires had such an impact on the conquered peoples as did the Roman empire, creating social, economic, and cultural changes that erased long-standing differences in material culture, languages, cults, rituals and identities. But even Rome could not create a… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Alan H. Simmons, “Stone Age Sailors: Paleolithic Seafaring in the Mediterranean” (Left Coast Press, 2015)
Over the past decade, evidence has been mounting that our ancestors developed skills to sail across large bodies of water early in prehistory. In this fascinating volume, Alan Simmons summarizes and synthesizes the evidence for prehistoric seafaring and island habitation… Read More
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