Napoleon I employed a myriad of media through which to promote his propaganda and his universal hegemony. Classical Rome - home to the great Caesars - was central to his ambitious visions for the transformation of Paris into an imperial metropolis of unprecedented magnitude. Exploring the interrelationship between antiquity, the display of power and the reinvention of Paris, this volume evaluates how the Roman world and post-antique exploitations of Rome influenced Napoleonic Paris, and how Napoleon promoted his authority by appropriating Rome's triumphal architecture and its associated symbolism to relocate 'Rome' in his own times. The volume shows how consideration of Louis XIV's legacy is crucial to understanding the evolution of Napoleon's fascination with imperial Rome. It also charts Napoleon's manipulation of the populist rhetoric of Republican France (and Rome) as he moved from being a general fighting for the Revolutionary cause to become the 'absolute' ruler of a new empire.
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About the Author
Dr Diana Rowell is an independent scholar. She worked at the British School at Rome before completing her doctoral study at the University of Reading, UK.
Table of Contents
Introduction / 1. Paris: A 'New Rome' / 2. The Monument and the Monumental Axis / 3. The Impact and Implications of the Sun-King's 'New Rome(s)' / 4. The Roman Triumph and the Language of Power / Conclusions / Appendices / Glossary / Select Bibliography / Index.