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Classics and Irish Politics, 1916-2016

Isabelle Torrance and Donncha O'Rourke


This collection addresses how models from ancient Greece and Rome have permeated Irish political discourse in the century since 1916. The 1916 Easter Rising, when Irish nationalists rose up against British imperial forces, was almost instantly mythologized in Irish political memory as a turning point in the nation’s history and an event that paved the way for Irish independence. Its centenary has provided a natural point for reflection on Irish politics, and this volume highlights an unexplored element in Irish political discourse, namely its frequent reference to, reliance on, and tensions wi ... More

Keywords: classical reception, Irish politics, Greece and Rome, Irish independence, Irish literature, Irish language, political inequalities, Northern Irish conflict, neoclassical material culture, postcolonial Ireland

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198864486
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198864486.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isabelle Torrance, editor
Professor of Classical Reception, Aarhus University

Donncha O'Rourke, editor
Lecturer in Classics, University of Edinburgh

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1 Classics and Irish Politics

Isabelle Torrance and Donncha O’Rourke

I Reception and Rejection of the Classics in Ireland

II Language Politics

7 Dinneen’s Irish Virgil

Fiachra Mac Góráin

III Between Scholarship and Literature

11 Yeats and Oedipus

Chris Morash

IV Gender, Sexuality, and Class

14 Irish Didos

Siobhán McElduff

V Classical Poetry and Northern Ireland

15 Elegies for Ireland

Donncha O’Rourke

VI Material Culture and (De)Colonialism

21 Epilogue

Richard P. Martin

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