La Puglia preromanica nella storiografia archeologica e artistica: dalla letteratura di viaggio all’Aggiornamento dell’opera di Bertaux

Author: Gioia Bertelli

The Preromanesque Apulia in the Archaeological and Artistic Historiography: from Travel Literature to the Aggiornamento of the Work by Bertaux

The paper investigates the writings of French, English and German travelers who had already visited Apulia in the 15th century, leaving evidence of the presence of monuments datable from the first Millenium. The near-zero visibility of structures referable to those centuries has allowed only a few rare descriptions, actually, sometimes even with incorrect indications. The conscience of being able to re-build the history of the first centuries of Christianity and of the events of the early Middle Ages, through the knowledge of an ancient past, was born only towards the second half of the 19th century and took on larger weight especially with the interventions on the territory due to scholars, whose papers and interventions are analyzed and systematically ordered from the Aggiornamento to the work by É. Bertaux, published in 1978. From that moment it can be said that it was recognized its own autonomy to the early Middle Ages, which was gradually better characterized over time, also underlined by extensive and detailed archaeological investigations on the territory, monographs, essays and some exhibitions.