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Time and Antiquity in American Empire: Roma Redux

Mark Storey


This is a book about two empires—ancient Rome and the United States—and what happens to historical time when we think about them together. Ranging from the present day to the late eighteenth century, it tracks how the political and cultural imagination turned Roman antiquity into an object of mutual recognition—an analogy—for the imperial US state, sometimes for the sake of its justification and perpetuation, and sometimes as a tool of critique and resistance. To tackle this, it is divided into three parts: an introduction that lays out the conceptual and methodological stakes, a second part o ... More

Keywords: American empire, US imperialism, classical reception, classical tradition, historical time, analogy, historicism, ancient Rome, antiquity, philosophy of history

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198871507
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198871507.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Storey, author
Associate Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick

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