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Gramsci’s Influence on Antonio La Penna

From Gentile training to Empiriomaterialism

Anna Maria Cimino    Scuola Normale di Pisa, Italia    



This article aims at clarifying Antonio Gramsci’s influence on Antonio La Penna, one of the most important Italian Classicists. It will show how Antonio Gramsci’s works provided La Penna with several categories which were fundamental in his analysis of both Latin literature and Roman society. Moreover, I will argue that Gramsci’s thought represented for La Penna a doorway to Marxism in the postwar period, and subsequently a way to overcome it. In fact, the reading of Gramsci’s work determined La Penna’s constant attempt to emancipate himself from Idealism. As matter of facts, this philosophy deeply characterised the training he received during his childhood and youth in the Italian school system which was dominated by the figure of Giovanni Gentile throughout the thirties and the early fourties.

Keywords: Antonio La Penna. Antonio Gramsci. History of Historiography. Classics. Idealism. Marxism.

Language: it

Submitted: Feb. 24, 2021   Published: June 30, 2021  

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/Lexis/2724-1564/2021/01/010

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