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- DescriptionThis multi-disciplinary volume brings together essays illustrating the diversity of forms in which the legacy of Antiquity has been used, and abused, by the Modern West. Here classicists and n-classicists combine to show how historiography, anthropology, philosophy, political thought, archaeology, poetry, drama, the vel, music, architecture, sculpture, painting, photography, and film can be rewardingly juxtaposed as sites rich in the appropriation of Greco-Roman culture. The book has a chrological span running from the 17th to the late-20th century, and it ranges geographically from Britain to Europe and the USA. The authors remind us that it is often t the past itself so much as constructed images thereof which do most to mould our cultural consciousness. The collection discloses the pluralism and flexibility of Antiquity as an important modern symbolic source, and the variety of socio-cultural circumstances which have oriented us towards it. At many points these essays also analyse signs of a certain desire for release from a tradition viewed as troublesome and constraining. Yet they also tend to confirm that, whenever we seek to escape classical culture, we are still likely to be held within its trammels - that, even when we think that we have thrown it off, we seem fated to remain within its protean thrall.
- Author BiographyThe editors are based at the University of Reading, where Maria Wyke (born 1957) is Senior Lecturer in Classics and Michael Biddiss (born 1942) is Professor of History.
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication01/05/1999
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- First Published1999
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Content Note28 fig.
- Weight500 g
- Width150 mm
- Height220 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byMaria Wyke,Michael D. Biddiss
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