Roman Presences: Receptions of Rome in European Culture, 1789-1945
Duncan F. Kennedy, Stephen Bann, Valérie Huet, Javed Majeed, Norman Vance, Chloe Chard, John Lyon, Charles Martindale, Elizabeth Prettejohn, Frank M. Turner, Maria Wyke, Marla Stone, Volker Losemann
Cambridge University Press, 1999 M03 4 - 279 pages
This collection of essays explores aspects of the reception of ancient Rome in a number of European countries from the late 18th 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 destabilising--history, politics, identity, memory and desire.
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