Through examples ranging from Petrarch to Columbus, Maffeo Vegio to the Habsburgs, this book shows how the new techne of systematic genealogy facilitated the process of "remythicizing" the ancient authorities, utterly transforming Greek and Roman values and reforging them into the mold of contemporary needs
"An original take on the place of myth in the modern world. And very well written to boot."
–Robert A. Segal, University of Aberdeen
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–Arthur F. Kinney, University of Massachusetts