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The Codex Fori Mussolini: A Latin Text of Italian Fascism
     

The Codex Fori Mussolini: A Latin Text of Italian Fascism

by Han Lamers, Bettina Reitz-Joosse
 

The year is 1932. In Rome, the Fascist leader Benito Mussolini unveils a giant obelisk of white marble, bearing the Latin inscription MVSSOLINI DVX. Invisible to the cheering crowds, a metal box lies immured in the obelisk's base. It contains a few gold coins and, written on a piece of parchment, a Latin text: the Codex fori Mussolini. What does this

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The year is 1932. In Rome, the Fascist leader Benito Mussolini unveils a giant obelisk of white marble, bearing the Latin inscription MVSSOLINI DVX. Invisible to the cheering crowds, a metal box lies immured in the obelisk's base. It contains a few gold coins and, written on a piece of parchment, a Latin text: the Codex fori Mussolini. What does this text say? Why was it buried there? And why was it written in Latin?

The Codex, composed by the classical scholar Aurelio Giuseppe Amatucci (1867-1960), presents a carefully constructed account of the rise of Italian Fascism and its leader, Benito Mussolini. Though written in the language of Roman antiquity, the Codex was supposed to reach audiences in the distant future. Placed under the obelisk with future excavation and rediscovery in mind, the Latin text was an attempt at directing the future reception of Italian Fascism.

This book renders the Codex accessible to scholars and students of different disciplines, offering a thorough and wide-ranging introduction, a clear translation, and a commentary elucidating the text's rhetorical strategies, historical background, and specifics of phrasing and reference. As the first detailed study of a Fascist Latin text, it also throws new light on the important role of the Latin language in Italian Fascist culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781474226950
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/11/2016
Series:
Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception Series
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
1,245,751
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

Han Lamers is Research Fellow at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, and the University of Leuven, Belgium. His research focuses on the Classical Tradition in Early Modern and Modern Europe. He is the author of Greece Reinvented: Transformations of Byzantine Hellenism in Renaissance Italy (2015).

Bettina Reitz-Joosse is Assistant Professor of Latin Literature at Groningen University. Her research focuses on the relation between Latin literature and Roman material culture and on Classical Reception in Italian Fascism.

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