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American Arcadia: California and the Classical Tradition

Peter J. Holliday


American Arcadia: California and the Classical Tradition examines the mythologizing of California as a Mediterranean haven recalling ancient Greece or Rome. It explores how Californians shaped their world using the rhetoric of classical antiquity, from the first Anglo settlers in the nineteenth century to the present. It looks at how Americans sought to establish an American Arcadia to contrast with the harsh winters, despoiled landscape, and dark industrial cities they left in the East and Midwest. Indeed, the classical metaphor proved so alluring that some individuals shaped their very physi ... More

Keywords: architecture, classical tradition, landscape design, Los Angeles, painting, reception, Southern California, Sculpture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190256517
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256517.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter J. Holliday, author
Professor, History of Art and Classical Archaeology, California State University, Long Beach