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Time and Antiquity in American EmpireRoma Redux$
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Mark Storey

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198871507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198871507.001.0001

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Roma Redux

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(p.iii) Time and Antiquity in American Empire

Mark Storey

Oxford University Press

The introduction sets out the theoretical and historical stakes of the book. Opening with a cluster of Roman analogies stretching from the Iraq War to the American War of Independence, this chapter develops and explains the key questions that underpin the rest of the book. It offers extended rationales for its three keywords—empire, antiquity, and time—and makes claims for the methodological innovations it offers through its theorization of historical analogy. It situates the argument within the wider debates around temporality in American literary studies, postcolonial studies, and classical reception, as well as mobilizing its primary conceptual thinkers (namely, Reinhart Koselleck and Walter Benjamin). It closes by returning to the opening examples and putting the book’s main arguments into action.

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

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