Ancient Rome and Modern America (Classical Receptions) by Margaret Malamud

By Margaret Malamud

Old Rome and smooth the USA explores the very important position the narratives and pictures of Rome have performed in America’s realizing of itself and its history.Places America’s reaction to Rome in a old context, from the innovative period to the presentLooks at portrayals of Rome in several media: writing, structure, theatre, portray, World’s festivals and Expositions, and filmBeautifully illustrated with over forty prime quality pictures and figures

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84 Wallach (1994), 92, and note 195 on pages 109–10; A. Miller (1989), 80–1. 85 Stansell and Wilentz (1994), 10. 86 A. Miller (1993), 34–7. 87 I rely here on Winterer (2007), 138– 41; (2005), 53–60; and Teute (1999). 88 M. B. Smith (1835), 134, quoted in Winterer (2007), 139–40. 89 M. B. Smith (1832b), 341, quoted and discussed by Winterer (2005), 58–9. 90 Winterer (2005), 58. 91 Allgor (2000). 92 Further discussions in Winterer (2005) and Teute (1999). ” Workingman’s Advocate (February 26, 1831): 3.

Adams, Diary, June 20, 1779, quoted in Richard (1994), 78. Ennius (239–169 bce) wrote of the expansion of Rome’s sway in the Mediterranean. H. L. Watson (1990), 45. 1: 34. John Adams to John Quincy Adams, Butterfield (1963), vol. 4, 117. This American relationship to Roman antiquity illustrates what Hobsbawm has called “the invention of tradition,” by which he means the ways in which groups, usually nations, establish a connection with a usable past as a means of constructing identity, validating present actions and values, and fostering group cohesion.

76 Instead of a Roman sarcophagus, Jackson preferred a simple burial. ”77 Jackson died on June 8, 1845, and was buried next to his wife, Rachel, at the Hermitage, his home near Nashville, Tennessee. Elite responses to, and critics of, Jackson’s “Caesarism” were not confined to politicians. In the field of art, the painter Thomas Cole composed a series of five paintings (1833–6) entitled The Course of Empire. 78 “We see that nations have sprung from obscurity, risen to glory, and decayed. Their rise has in general been marked by virtue; their decadence by vice, vanity, and licentiousness.

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