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

By Margaret Malamud

Ancient Rome and glossy America explores the important function the narratives and photographs of Rome have performed in America’s figuring out of itself and its heritage.

  • Places America’s reaction to Rome in a historic context, from the progressive period to the present
  • Looks at portrayals of Rome in several media: writing, structure, theatre, portray, World’s gala's and Expositions, and film
  • Beautifully illustrated with over forty prime quality photos and figures

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Qxd 30 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 29/7/08 9:00 AM Page 30 Exemplary Romans in the Early Republic as contrary to republican principles. ” Addison (2004), viii. Addison (2004), II, 4, 61–3. ” Adams, Otis, and Henry, quoted in Richard (1994), 91. Richard (1994), 84. Adams to Nathan Webb, October 12, 1755, quoted in Richard (1994), 77–8. Ibid. 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.

I call the gods to witness that the power is in our hands . . our limbs and our minds are strong . . ” “Bend your unwilling necks, ye proud patricians,” he demands. ”23 In this telling of Roman history, Marius resists aristocratic oppression to the death and dies a martyr to the cause of liberty for the Roman (and American) working man. In 1834 Edwin Forrest starred in another play that reflected Forrest’s own Democratic sympathies and praised Roman plebeians’ resistance to aristocratic domination: James Sheridan Knowles’s Virginius.

Duane to Caesar’s seizure of the Roman treasury during his war with Pompey. 65 Senator John C. Calhoun, who had been Jackson’s first vice-president, agreed that Jackson had acted like Julius Caesar when he had invaded the public treasury on his way to destroying the Roman Republic, and he warned: We are at the same stage of our political revolution . . With men and money Caesar struck down Roman liberty, at the fatal battle of Pharsalia, never to rise again; from which disastrous hour all the powers of the Roman Republic were consolidated in the person of Caesar, and perpetuated in his line.

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