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Francesco Scipione Maffei was a historian, theorist, antiquarian, archeologist, and literary critic. He campaigned vigorously for the reestablishment of a strong tradition of tragedy in the Italy of his day. He also wrote essays on archeology and antiquities. He helped found the literary journal, Giornale dei Letterati d’Italia, and wrote for its pages for many years. He is remembered as well for his work in archeology, especially that related to ancient Roman buildings and monuments, as in his essay on Roman amphitheatres, Degli anfiteatri e singolarmente veronese (1728; on amphitheatres and especially on that of Verona), and in his Verona illustrata (1732; Verona illustrated). He published a political tract addressed to the government of the Veneto region expressing the case against dueling: Consiglio politico presentato al governo veneto (1736; political advice to the Veneto government).