On the Ancients and the Power of Nature: The Special Case of Italy

  • Manuela D’AmoreEmail author
Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)


This chapter is based on the idea that there is still a lot to know about the relations between the Royal Society and the Bel Paese in 1665–1700. It focuses on the Fellows’ wide network of contacts with the most prestigious scientific institutions in the north and south of Italy, as well as on the main topics of the letters that appeared in vols. 1–22 of Philosophical Transactions. The titles and contents of its three subsections show that the Society was committed to the construction of national identities in Italy, which had a strong impact on the initial phases of the Grand Tour.


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  1. 1.University of CataniaCataniaItaly

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