Title page from a 17th century book about ancient Rome: Ancient Roman civilisation had a profound impact on European society and thinking during the Renaissance and Enlightenment.
Title page from “The Antiquities of Ancient Rome” publ. 1763. This book on ancient Roman culture, published by Basil Kennett, remained the leading teaching authority in the English speaking world for over a century!
Basil Kennett’s book on ancient Rome would have attracted increased readership thanks to the increased public interest in ancient Rome, brought by the Renaissance, the opportunity to travel – particularly going on the “Grand Tour” including Italy and Greece, as well as the discovery of ancient Pompeii in 1748.