Wednesday, February 06, 2013


Bare Facts

Alan Cameron, The Last Pagans of Rome (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), p. 132:
In simpler times it was taken for granted that inscriptions provided a peculiarly uncomplicated sort of evidence, bare facts not mediated by human art or bias. We have now come to realize that few facts are bare. We need to know what sort of monuments these dedications were inscribed on, where they were erected, by whom, and with what purpose.

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