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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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Time and Antiquity in American Empire

Mark Storey

Oxford University Press

This short concluding chapter considers the direction of Roman analogies in American political commentary by returning—via Twitter—to the Iraq War and the newest narratives of America’s Roman comparisons. The book’s central arguments and ideas are summarized at this moment at the “end of American empire,” seeing historical time not as a line of progress, or a circle of repetition, or even as layers of experience, but as a constellation of points between American history and Roman antiquity. The Great Seal of the United States serves as a telling closing symbol of the temporalities generated by historical analogies, and the imperial shape of America’s Roman redux.

Keywords:   Donald Trump, William Kristol, Great Seal, Thomas Cole, historical analogy

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