Roman Presences: Receptions of Rome in European Culture, 1789-1945

Roman Presences: Receptions of Rome in European Culture, 1789-1945


Edited by Catharine Edwards

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  • Format: Hardback | 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 232mm x 20mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 1 May 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 052159197X
  • ISBN 13: 9780521591973
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 26 b/w illus.

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This collection of essays explores aspects of the reception of ancient Rome in a number of European countries from the late eighteenth century to the end of the Second World War. Rome has been made to stand for literary authority, republican heroism, imperial power and decline, the Catholic Church, the pleasure of ruins. The studies offered here examine some of the sometimes strange and unexpected places where Roman presences have manifested themselves during this period. Scholars from several disciplines, including English literature and history of art, as well as classics, bring to bear a variety of approaches on a wide range of images and texts, from statues of Napoleon to Freud's analysis of dreams. Rome's seemingly boundless capacity for multiple, indeed conflicting, signification has made it an extraordinarily fertile paradigm for making sense of - and also for destabilizing - history, politics, identity, memory and desire.

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'It is an impressive collection ... The book ... offers a wealth of fascinating material ...' Classical and Modern Literature

Table of contents

List of illustrations; List of contributors; Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction: shadows and fragments Catharine Edwards; 1. A sense of place: Rome, history and empire revisited Duncan F. Kennedy; 2. Envisioning Rome: Granet and Gibbon in dialogue Stephen Bann; 3. Napoleon I: a new Augustus? Valerie Huet; 4. Translating empire? Macaulay's Rome Catharine Edwards; 5. Comparativism and references to Rome in British imperial attitudes to India Javed Majeed; 6. Decadence and the subversion of empire Norman Vance; 7. The road to ruin: memory, ghosts, moonlight and weeds Chloe Chard; 8. Henry James and the anxiety of Rome John Lyon; 9. 'The monstrous diversion of a show of gladiators': Simeon Solomon's Habet! Elizabeth Prettejohn; 10. Christians and pagans in Victorian novels Frank M. Turner; 11. Screening ancient Rome in the new Italy Maria Wyke; 12. A flexible Rome: Fascism and the cult of romanit... Marla Stone; 13. The Nazi concept of Rome Volker Losemann; 14. Ruins of Rome: T. S. Eliot and the presence of the past Charles Martindale; Bibliography; Index.