"Vico’s Principj di Scienza Nuova"

 Giambattista Vico (1668 – 1744) was an Italian philosopher, with a keen interest in law, history, culture, and rhetoric. For much of his professional life he was Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Naples. His most famous work, published in 1725, is Principj di Scienza Nuova, or to give it its full title Principi di Scienza Nuova d'intorno alla Comune Natura delle Nazioni, which translates into English as Principles of the New Science Concerning the Common Nature of Nations, and is often referred to simply as New Science. On page 3 of Possession, Byatt writes that 'Vico had looked for historical fact in poetic metaphors of myth and legend; this piecing together was his 'new science'.'