Classical and Modern Interactions: Postmodern Architecture, Multiculturalism, Decline, and Other Issues [NOOK Book]

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Postmodernism, multiculturalism, the alleged decline of the United States, deconstruction, leadership, and values—these topics have been at the forefront of contemporary intellectual and cultural debate and are likely to remain so for the near future. Participants in the debate can usefully enlarge the perspective to a comparison between the Greco-Roman world and contemporary society. In this thought-provoking work, a noted classics scholar tests the ancient-modern comparison, showing what it can add to the ...
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Overview

Postmodernism, multiculturalism, the alleged decline of the United States, deconstruction, leadership, and values—these topics have been at the forefront of contemporary intellectual and cultural debate and are likely to remain so for the near future. Participants in the debate can usefully enlarge the perspective to a comparison between the Greco-Roman world and contemporary society. In this thought-provoking work, a noted classics scholar tests the ancient-modern comparison, showing what it can add to the contemporary debates and what its limitations are. Writing for intellectually adventurous readers, Galinsky explores Greece and Rome as multicultural societies, debates the merits of classicism in postmodern architecture, discusses the reign of Augustus in terms of modern leadership theories, and investigates the modern obsession with finding parallels between the supposed "decline and fall" of Rome and the "decay" of U.S. society. Within these discussions, Galinsky shows the continuing vitality of the classical tradition in the contemporary world. The Greek and Roman civilizations have provided us not only with models for conscious adaptation but also points for radical departures. This ability to change and innovate from classical models is crucial, Galinsky maintains. It creates a reciprocal process whereby contemporary issues are projected into the past while aspects of the ancient world are redefined in terms of current approaches. These essays result in a balanced assessment and stimulating restatement of some major issues in both contemporary U.S. society and the Greco-Roman world. The book, which speaks to a wide interdisciplinary audience, is based on a series of lectures that Galinsky gave as a national visiting scholar for Phi Beta Kappa. It concludes with a discussion of the role of classical studies in the United States today.
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A classics scholar tests the validity of the popular comparison between the modern world and the Greek and Roman civilizations on the verge of collapse, noting the reciprocity whereby classical influence in our culture is balanced by projecting contemporary issues onto classical situations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292786516
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 8 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
I Classicism in Postmodern American Architecture
Classicism and Modernism 1
Three Pioneering Examples 3
The Conceptual Framework 9
Domestic Architecture 11
Commercial Buildings 17
Campus Architecture 29
Large Public Buildings 39
Some Implications 48
Short Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading 52
II The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Are There Modern Parallels?
Some General Definitions and Perspectives 53
"Decadence" 56
Single-Cause Explanations 58
The Explanations of the Intellectual Historians 60
"Immoderate Greatness" and "Imperial Overstretch" 62
America and Rome: Some Comparisons 63
Short Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading 70
Appendix: 210 Reasons for Rome's Fall 71
III Reading Vergil's Aeneid in Modern Times
"Modern" and "Historical" Interpretation 74
Some Points of Convergence and Divergence 77
Aeneas and Modern Concepts of Masculinity 85
Social Responsibility: Vergil, Aeneas, and Vaclav Havel 86
Distrust of Rhetoric in the Aeneid and Today 87
Internal Heroism and Strong Emotions 89
Short Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading 92
IV Leadership, Values, and the Question of Ideology: The Reign of Augustus
Some Views of Augustus 93
Leadership: The Moral Dimension 95
"Ideology" versus Pragmatism with an Ethos 99
Tradition and Innovation 102
The Moral Culture: Architecture and Art 106
Conclusion 114
Short Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading 115
V Multiculturalism in Greece and Rome
Some Definitions 116
Greece before Alexander 118
Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Period 127
Rome 142
Multiculturalism Then and Now 150
Selected Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading 152
VI Rome, America, and the Classics in America Today
America and Rome 154
The Role of the Classics in America Today: Some Observations 157
Life beyond Academe 157
Classics in Its Academic Setting 163
Two Current Issues: Elitism and the Importance of Theory 166
Short Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading 170
Notes 171
Index 185
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