The Victorians and Ancient Rome / Edition 1

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This is the first full-length study of the impact on Victorian Britain of the history and literature of ancient Rome.

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Editorial Reviews

Rome seemed eternal indeed in Victorian England, as evidenced by fascination with archeology finds at Pompeii, Rome, and Romano- British sites. In his analysis of the affinity of this former Roman colony to its progenitor rather than to classical Greece, Vance (English, U. of Sussex) also explores this 19th century cultural fixation via: political discussions; romantic (pun intended) painting and literature; mythic interpretations of Roman history, decadence, imperialism, and revolution; the influence of five major ancient poets (Catullus, Horace, Lucretius, Ovid, and Virgil) on Keats, Shelley, et al.; and the diffusion of Christianity under the Roman Empire. Paradoxically, concurrent education reform demoted the study of Latin. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631180760
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/29/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Vance is Professor of English at the University of Sussex. His previous books include The Sinews of the Spirit (1985), a study of Victorian Christian Manliness, and Irish Literature, a Social History (1990).

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Table of Contents


Note on Translations and Texts.

Part I: Living Rome: Romantics and Revolution: .

1. The Persistence of Rome.

2. Rome and European Revolutions.

3. Rome and the Writing of History.

Part II: Roman Poets in the Nineteenth Century:.

4. Lucretius.

5. Catullus.

6. Virgil.

7. Ovid.

8. Horace.

Part III: Late Victorians and Later Rome:.

9. Fictions of Rome, or, Love, Death and Glory.

10. Rome and Imperial Debate.

11. Decadence, Degeneration and Decline.


Notes and References.


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