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

By Margaret Malamud

Historic Rome and smooth the United States explores the important position the narratives and photographs of Rome have performed in America’s knowing 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 numerous media: writing, structure, theatre, portray, World’s gala's and Expositions, and filmBeautifully illustrated with over forty prime quality images and figures

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H. L. Watson (1990), 9. Register of Debates, 23rd, 1st session, 1525, 3407, quoted in Miles (1968), 369. “From Mr. Noah’s Paper,” Connecticut Courant (September 16, 1828): 3. ” Eastern Argus Tri Weekly (October 21, 1833): 2. It is unclear whether “the plundered treasures of Asia” is an error (for Gaul) or whether Genet was thinking of Caesar’s time in Alexandria. Jefferson to Adams, December 10, 1819, quoted in Burstein (1996), 39. Jackson quoted in Wilentz (2005), 4. Nineteenth-century Americans used the terms “patrician” and “aristocrat” interchangeably for a member of the Roman political elite, and “plebeian” for commoner/ non-elite.

28 Such sentiments resonated with white working men who struggled to achieve greater parity with their own “aristocratic” class. ”30 One of the most popular plays of the nineteenth century, Dr. Robert Montgomery Bird’s The Gladiator, also takes up the theme of resistance against oppression, in this case, Roman slavery. The play explored the revolt of the Thracian gladiator-slave Spartacus against Roman rule between 73 and 71 bce, Rome’s ruthless suppression of the revolt, and the death of Spartacus.

3). Publisher's Note: Permission to reproduce this image online was not granted by the copyright holder. Readers are kindly requested to refer to the printed version of this chapter. 3 Bust of Jackson as a Roman. Hiram Powers, Andrew Jackson, 7th US President, 1835. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, NY. qxd 29/7/08 9:00 AM Page 21 Exemplary Romans in the Early Republic 21 In any event, the Roman political model was by now beginning to lose its luster for many American citizens.

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