By Margaret Malamud(auth.), Maria Wyke(eds.)
Ancient Rome and glossy America explores the very important position the narratives and pictures of Rome have performed in America’s knowing of itself and its historical past.
- Places America’s reaction to Rome in a ancient context, from the progressive period to the current
- Looks at portrayals of Rome in several media: writing, structure, theatre, portray, World’s festivals and Expositions, and movie
- Beautifully illustrated with over forty top of the range pictures and figures
Chapter 1 Exemplary Romans within the Early Republic (pages 9–33):
Chapter 2 operating Men's Heroes (pages 34–69):
Chapter three Rome and the Politics of Slavery (pages 70–97):
Chapter four company Caesars and Radical Reformers (pages 98–121):
Chapter five take place advantage (pages 122–149):
Chapter 6 The Pleasures of Empire (pages 150–185):
Chapter 7 Screening Rome through the nice melancholy (pages 186–207):
Chapter eight chilly struggle Romans (pages 208–228):
Chapter nine Imperial intake (pages 229–252):
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77 Jackson died on June 8, 1845, and was buried next to his wife, Rachel, at the Hermitage, his home near Nashville, Tennessee. Elite responses to, and critics of, Jackson’s “Caesarism” were not confined to politicians. In the field of art, the painter Thomas Cole composed a series of five paintings (1833–6) entitled The Course of Empire. 78 “We see that nations have sprung from obscurity, risen to glory, and decayed. Their rise has in general been marked by virtue; their decadence by vice, vanity, and licentiousness.
87 I rely here on Winterer (2007), 138– 41; (2005), 53–60; and Teute (1999). 88 M. B. Smith (1835), 134, quoted in Winterer (2007), 139–40. 89 M. B. Smith (1832b), 341, quoted and discussed by Winterer (2005), 58–9. 90 Winterer (2005), 58. 91 Allgor (2000). 92 Further discussions in Winterer (2005) and Teute (1999). ” Workingman’s Advocate (February 26, 1831): 3. ” Teute (1999), 121. 95 O’Sullivan (1839), 426. 96 Forrest in the United States Magazine and Democratic Review, quoted in Parker (1992), 17.
There are no Arrias among us . . it is so much more easy to be a dandy or a belle, than to be a republican of the Roman; ay! 94 Both Margaret Bayard Smith and Thomas Cole were concerned at the erosion of gentility and old lines of authority and dismayed at the decline of civic virtue, which both believed had so far kept the republic intact. As their fiction and paintings respectively drew a parallel between Roman decline and 1830s America, their works expressed a continuing anxiety within American culture that was at odds with the nation’s exuberant new pursuit of “manifest destiny,” a view that dismissed the relevance to the United States of the cyclical view of history and the rise and fall of nations and empires.