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Michael Parenti’s “The Assassination of Julius Caesar” – A Review: Part I ‘Gentlemen’s History’ vs. ‘People’s History’

Tom Verso (November 19, 2011)

Italian American scholars sitting in American university “Chairs of Wisdom” produce volumes of Chicago nostalgia histories and Florence art histories; yet hardly a whisper about the people south of Rome. The ‘modern’ let alone ‘ancient’ history of Southern Italy are not thought worthy subjects for university 'Noblesse de robe'; even though the ancestral roots of seventeen million Americans lay south of Rome – not to mention the origins of Western Civilization!
However, one renegade Italian American scholar, who in his words “has been kicked out of the best universities in America” and writes history with a hammer smashing popular illusions perpetuated by the doctorial robe fellowship and their mass media colleagues, has shed some light on the reality of ancient Rome’s social history.
Michael Parenti’s book “The Assassination of Julius Caesar” explores and demystifies many facets of Roman society and presents the ‘reality’ of Southern-Italian American ancient history. ‘Reality’ understood in historiographic terms as the highest probability of truth attainable by the analysis of documentary evidence. This is to say, for knowledge claims about past societies; the burden of proof is governed by authoritative linguistic, logical and epistemological analysis of all the available documents. When it comes to knowledge, verifiable factual propositions and valid logical inferences are the only criteria - robes count for nothing!

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