9.11.2022, 14: 30-“The bitterness of our different life”: the training of Piero Treves in Italy in the thirties
Lecture Module “Historiography and History” / Seminar Cycle “Literature and Texts-Modern and Contemporary History”
The craft of historians
Conference room, building d3, third floor
Piero Treves (1911-1992) was the son of the socialist leader Claudio Treves, personal enemy of Mussolini, who took refuge in Paris since 1926. First in Turin and then in Rome, he was one of the most brilliant pupils of Gaetano De Sanctis, the great historian of Greek and Roman antiquity. The seminar will try to place in their historical and cultural context the most significant aspects of his scientific production and the numerous, virulent controversies which he gave rise to, since 1931, when he graduated with a thesis on Demosthenes, later reworked and published at Laterza for interest. by Benedetto Croce, until the abandonment of Italy in 1938. Demosthenes, Hannibal, Polybius, the origins of the Second Punic War or the First Illyrian War in those years were themes of extraordinary sensitivity, which Treves faced with a courageous and outdated passion for the causes of the vanquished.
Sapienza University of Rome
University of Salerno