Classical Culture and the Idea of Rome in Eighteenth-Century England by Philip AyresClassical Culture and the Idea of Rome in Eighteenth-Century England by Philip Ayres

Classical Culture and the Idea of Rome in Eighteenth-Century England

byPhilip Ayres

Paperback | March 19, 2009

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This book is the first to look at the aristocratic adoption of Roman ideals in eighteenth-century English culture. In the century following the Revolution of 1688, the ruling class promoted--by way of its patronage--a classical frame of mind embracing all the arts, on the foundations of "liberty" and "civic virtue". Ayres' study shows that the propensity to adopt the self image of virtuous Romans was the attempt of a newly empowered oligarchy to dignify and vindicate itself by association with an idealized image of Republican Rome.
Title:Classical Culture and the Idea of Rome in Eighteenth-Century EnglandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.63 inPublished:March 19, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052110579X

ISBN - 13:9780521105798

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Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; List of plates; 1. Oligarchy of virtue - liberty and the Roman analogy; Civic virtue and the Roman analogy; Literary personae: Pope, Swift, Johnson, Thomson, Fielding, Burke; 2. Virtue made visible - sensibility, sculpture, political gardens and temples; 3. Britannia Romana - Romano-British archaeology: pioneers; The Roman Knights and the recruitment of the aristocracy; Architect as archaeologist: Burlington; 4. Britannia Romana revived - architecture, collections, the numinous in landscape and house; 5. Beyond the mainstream: classical nostalgia and freethinking; Conclusion; Appendix: books on archaeology owned by Burlington: an annotated shelf-list; Bibliography; Notes; Index.

Editorial Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'Extremely well researched and convincingly argued, this ambitious book is a very welcome addition to scholarship. The argument is clearly thought through.' Latomus