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Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the British Imagination, 1789-1832

Jonathan Sachs


Romantic Antiquity examines how Romantic‐period writers deploy Roman republican precedents to constitute their vision of literary and political modernity. While scholars have long noted the fascination with Roman literature and history expressed by many preeminent British cultural figures of the early and middle‐18th century, they have only sparingly commented on the increasingly vexed role Rome played during the subsequent Romantic period. This critical oversight has arisen in the context of the articulation of a modernity distinguished either by its full‐scale rejection of class ... More

Keywords: Romanticism, modernity, Hellenism, historicism, democracy, empire, reception of Rome, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, William Hazlitt, Jacobin novel

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195376128
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195376128.001.0001


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Jonathan Sachs, author
Concordia University, Montreal
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