In A Renaissance Merchant and the Birth of Archaeology Marina Belozerskaya explores the life and work and Cyriacus of Ancona whose curiosity about Roman ruins led him to study, catalogue and reconstruct the ancient world around him. His diaries and pictures remain invaluable to scholars today both those who study the ancient world and those who study the Renaissance.
For your paper, I would like you to respond to the following questions:
How does the life and work of Cyriacus of Ancona reflect the Renaissance, and how does his work contribute to archaeology today?
As you write this paper, you might consider some of the following. (Please note: I do not expect you to answer all of these secondary questions: These are designed to get you started). How do Cyriacus’ activities relate to the Renaissance revival of classical literature? What about the development of humanism? Is it significant that Cyriacus is a merchant? Why did people living amongst the ruins pay them so little attention – at least at first? How does his work influence art? How do the politics of the day impact his work? How do his finds both help and hinder modern day archeologists?