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Ancient Rome and Modern America

Ancient Rome and Modern America

Margaret Malamud

ISBN: 978-1-405-13933-5

Nov 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

312 pages

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$121.95

Description

Ancient Rome and Modern America explores the vital role the narratives and images of Rome have played in America’s understanding of itself and its history.
  • Places America’s response to Rome in a historical context, from the Revolutionary era to the present
  • Looks at portrayals of Rome in different media: writing, architecture, theatre, painting, World’s Fairs and Expositions, and film
  • Beautifully illustrated with over 40 high quality photographs and figures
List of Illustrations.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1. Exemplary Romans in the Early Republic.

2. Working Men’s Heroes.

3. Rome and the Politics of Slavery.

4. Corporate Caesars and Radical Reformers.

5. Manifest Virtue.

6. The Pleasures of Empire.

7. Screening Rome During the Great Depression.

8. Cold War Romans.

9. Imperial Consumption.

Epilogue.

Bibliography.

Filmography.

Index

"[Malamud] has done us a noble service as a social historian." (Times Higher Education Supplement, February 2009)

"Malamud’s analysis provides a key to understanding why the US party system aligns itself with certain issues. To be read by all Americans, as history or a warning. [It is] not just another United States as New Rome, but [has] clear, meaningful comparisons. [It] clarifies our current political trajectory." (About.com (Ancient History Guide), November 2008)


  • Explores how images and narratives of Rome have been appropriated across American culture - from the commanding politicians of the Roman Republic to its monumental, classical architecture
  • Places America’s response to Rome in a historical context, from the Revolutionary era to the present
  • Looks at portrayals of Rome in different media: writing, architecture, theatre, painting, World’s Fairs and Expositions, and film
  • Beautifully illustrated with over 40 high quality photographs and figures