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Classical Culture and the Idea of Rome in Eighteenth-Century England

Classical Culture and the Idea of Rome in Eighteenth-Century England

by Philip Ayres
     
 

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This book is the first to look at the aristocratic adoption of Roman ideals in eighteenth-century English culture. In the century following the Revolution of 1688, the ruling class promoted—by way of its patronage—a classical frame of mind embracing all the arts, on the foundations of "liberty" and "civic virtue". Ayres' study shows that the propensity to

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This book is the first to look at the aristocratic adoption of Roman ideals in eighteenth-century English culture. In the century following the Revolution of 1688, the ruling class promoted—by way of its patronage—a classical frame of mind embracing all the arts, on the foundations of "liberty" and "civic virtue". Ayres' study shows that the propensity to adopt the self image of virtuous Romans was the attempt of a newly empowered oligarchy to dignify and vindicate itself by association with an idealized image of Republican Rome.

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Review of the hardback: 'Classical Culture and the Idea of Rome in Eighteenth-Century England is an elegant book of just the right size that pays proportionate attention to the various aspects with the right amount of references and quotations. The aesthetic pleasure of a well produced book adds to the intellectual joy.' Mnemosyne

Review of the hardback: 'Extremely well researched and convincingly argued, this ambitious book is a very welcome addition to scholarship. The argument is clearly thought through.' Latomus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521105798
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/19/2009
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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