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The Select Works of William Ridgeway offers a comprehensive look at the writings of William Ridgeway, who greatly influenced turn-of-the-century academia with his transformative understanding of ancient cultures. A celebrated scholar in anthropology, archaeology, philology, and the classics, Ridgeway fathered many theories about the origin and development of currency, drama—and even horses—that are now accepted fact. This collection features hundreds of illustrations and a commemorative volume compiled by Ridgeway’s friends and associates in honor of his sixtieth birthday.
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Insight into Ridgeway’s transformative theories of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries regarding ancient civilizations
Ridgeway’s two most significant works, The Origin of Metallic Currency and Weight Standards and The Early Age of Greece
One of William Ridgeway’s most influential works, The Origin of Metallic Currency and Weight Standards changed the way that nineteenth-century scholars viewed the development and use of coins. Arguing against the prevailing belief that coins originated from religious practice, Ridgeway details “primitive” systems of currency, outlines early trade routes, discusses the origins of gold as a currency, and makes the claim that coins originated for the purpose of barter and trade. This volume also contains 60 illustrations.
One of the most important and brilliantly original works on any archaeological subject which has appeared for many years past.
The Early Age of Greece had a tremendous impact on the accepted views of Greece’s early immigration patterns and the cultures that developed as a result. This volume examines the archaeological, anthropological, and linguistic factors relating to the development of the Mycenaean, Homeric, Achaean, and Early Iron Age civilizations in Greece and contains over 150 illustrations.
No more lucid piece of argument has been produced for many years. Mr. Ridgeway takes no step which is not sure. He trusts neither to prejudice nor to speculation. He admits nothing save facts, and being an eminent anthropologist he does not reason as though Greece were a province set in a vacuum far apart from the civilization of the world.
The Origin and Influence of the Thoroughbred Horse
In The Origin and Influence of the Thoroughbred Horse, William Ridgeway takes the reader through an account of all living members of Equidae, or the horse family, ancestors of the genus, horses through history and prehistory, the origin of the Libyan horse, and the development and breeding of the thoroughbred horses of his day. This volume includes 143 illustrations.
It is the simple truth that no such addition has been made in biology to the study of a domesticated animal since Darwin wrote. . . . Pregnant as these pages are with living human interest, they are charged also with facts and suggestions of the greatest biological value.
Written for the British Academy, of whom William Ridgeway was a fellow, Who Were the Romans takes a look at the ethnic diversity of ancient Rome. At the time Ridgeway wrote this volume, the people of ancient Rome were considered to have been homogeneous. Ridgeway pieces together the history of the settlement of Rome by various tribes and invaders to demonstrate the actual diversity of the people known as Romans.
The Origin of Tragedy, with Special Reference to Greek Tragedians
The Origin of Tragedy, with Special Reference to Greek Tragedians takes an anthropological view of Greek drama—and specifically the origin of Tragedy—arguing that Tragedy originated in the worship of the dead. Offering 15 illustrations, this book covers the origin of Tragedy, the rise of Attic Tragedy, dramas among some Asian cultures and more.
It is the easy mastery of each subject and the flash of native genius that commend Ridgeway’s writings to those who can only learn from him.
A sequel to The Origin of Tragedy, Dramas and Dramatic Dances of Non-European Races expands upon the chapter in his previous volume which discussed drama in Asian cultures. William Ridgeway provides an overview of Greek Tragedy, then covers western Asia, ancient Egypt, India, Java, Burma, Malay, Cambodia, China, Japan, Africa, Polynesia, and the native people of Australia and the Americas. This volume includes 92 illustrations.
Originally compiled and presented to William Ridgeway in honor of his 60th birthday, Essays and Studies Presented to William Ridgeway is a tribute by his many friends to celebrate his scholastic achievements and diverse interests. With many illustrations, this volume contains verses in both English and Greek, and essays on classics, ancient archaeology, medieval literature, history, anthropology, and comparative religion.
E. C. Quiggin (1875–1920) was a British linguist and fellow of Gronville and Caius Colleges at Cambridge University.
Title: Select Works of William Ridgeway
Authors: William Ridgeway and E. C. Quiggin
Publishers: Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press
About William Ridgeway
William Ridgeway (1853–1926) was an Irish writer and scholar who throughout his career was influential in anthropology, archaeology, philology, and the classics. He held the chair of Greek at University College, Cork, and the Disney Chair in archaeology at Cambridge. He was awarded honorary doctorates from the universities of Dublin, Manchester, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh for his scholastic contributions. Ridgeway is best known for The Origin of Metallic Currency and Weight Standards and The Early Age of Greece.