Roman Presences: Receptions of Rome in European Culture, 1789-1945 (Hardback)
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Short Description for Roman Presences Scholars from several disciplines explore the significance of Rome from the late eighteenth century to 1945.
- Published: 01 May 1999
- Format: Hardback 292 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521591973 ISBN 10: 052159197X
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Full description for Roman Presences
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.