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- 1 <i>Trojan Women</i> in Yorubaland: Femi Osofisan <i>Women of Owu</i><sup>1</sup>
- 2 Antigone’s Boat: the Colonial and the Postcolonial in <i>Tegonni</i>: <i>An African Antigone</i> by Femi Osofisan<sup>1</sup>
- 3 Antigone and her African Sisters: West African Versions of a Greek Original
- 4 Cross-Cultural Bonds Between Ancient Greece and Africa: Implications for Contemporary Staging Practices
- 5 The Curse of the Canon: Ola Rotimi’s <i>The Gods Are Not To Blame</i>
- 6 Post-Apartheid Electra: <i>In the City of Paradise</i>
- 7 Sculpture at Heroes’ Acre, Harare, Zimbabwe:<sup>1</sup> Classical Influences?
- 8 Perspectives on Post-Colonialism in South Africa: the Voortrekker Monument’s Classical Heritage
- 9 Imperial Reflections: the Post-Colonial Verse-Novel as Post-Epic<sup>1</sup>
- 10 A Divided Child, or Derek Walcott’s Post-Colonial Philology
- 11 Arriving Backwards: the Return of <i>The Odyssey</i> in the English-Speaking Caribbean
- 12‘If You are a Woman’: Theatrical Womanizing in Sophocles’ <i>Antigone</i> and Fugard, Kani, and Ntshona’s <i>The Island</i>
- 13 Finding a Post-Colonial Voice for Antigone: Seamus Heaney’s <i>Burial at Thebes</i>
- 14‘The Same Kind of Smile?’ About the ‘Use and Abuse’<sup>1</sup> of Theory in Constructing the Classical Tradition
- 15 From the Peloponnesian War to the Iraq War: a Post-Liberal Reading of Greek Tragedy
- 16 Western Classics, Indian Classics: Postcolonial Contestations
- 17 Shades of Multi-Lingualism and Multi-Vocalism in Modern Performances of Greek Tragedy in Post-Colonial Contexts
- 18 The Empire Never Ended<sup>1</sup>
- 19 Another Architecture
The Empire Never Ended
The Empire Never Ended
- (p.329) 18 The Empire Never Ended1
- Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds
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This chapter analyses the use of the Roman empire as a metaphor or analogy for global sovereignty, and compares the ways in which imperial sovereignty was conceptualised in Latin literature with modern global formulations. It discusses how modes of historicisation of the Roman empire have made it synonymous with history itself, and develops an analogy with the trans-temporal force of modern telecommunications technology, against which all resistance might be equally impossible. Since ‘empire’ connects political sovereignty, cultural continuity, and information technology, this chapter explains how this connection has begun to be thought about in the work of Jacques Derrida.
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