The Codex Fori Mussolini: A Latin Text of Italian Fascism by Han LamersThe Codex Fori Mussolini: A Latin Text of Italian Fascism by Han Lamers

The Codex Fori Mussolini: A Latin Text of Italian Fascism

byHan Lamers, Bettina Reitz-Joosse

Hardcover | August 11, 2016

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The year is 1932. In Rome, the Fascist leader Benito Mussolini unveils a giant obelisk of white marble, bearing the Latin inscription MVSSOLINI DVX. Invisible to the cheering crowds, a metal box lies immured in the obelisk's base. It contains a few gold coins and, written on a piece of parchment, a Latin text: the Codex fori Mussolini. What does this text say? Why was it buried there? And why was it written in Latin? The Codex, composed by the classical scholar Aurelio Giuseppe Amatucci (1867-1960), presents a carefully constructed account of the rise of Italian Fascism and its leader, Benito Mussolini. Though written in the language of Roman antiquity, the Codex was supposed to reach audiences in the distant future. Placed under the obelisk with future excavation and rediscovery in mind, the Latin text was an attempt at directing the future reception of Italian Fascism. This book renders the Codex accessible to scholars and students of different disciplines, offering a thorough and wide-ranging introduction, a clear translation, and a commentary elucidating the text's rhetorical strategies, historical background, and specifics of phrasing and reference. As the first detailed study of a Fascist Latin text, it also throws new light on the important role of the Latin language in Italian Fascist culture.
Han Lamers is Research Fellow at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, and the University of Leuven, Belgium. His research focuses on the Classical Tradition in Early Modern and Modern Europe. He is the author of Greece Reinvented: Transformations of Byzantine Hellenism in Renaissance Italy (2015). Bettina Reitz-Joosse is Assist...
Title:The Codex Fori Mussolini: A Latin Text of Italian FascismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:152 pages, 9.5 × 6.45 × 0.45 inPublished:August 11, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1474226957

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgements The Codex Fori Mussolini in Context 1.Introduction 2.Structure and Content 3.Editions 4.The Author of the Codex Fori Mussolini 5.The Codex and the Use of Latin under Fascism 6.The Codex and the Foro Mussolini 7.The Codex under the Obelisk 8.The Codex as a Foundation Deposit Latin Text and Translation List of Textual Variants Commentary Timeline List of abbreviations Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

Offers a new element in the mosaic of Latin texts under Fascism and gives back to scholars and cultivated people a forgotten work . The authors offer a detailed edition, translation and commentary of the text and show a not so common knowledge of the complex dynamics of the Italian culture of these years, as the rich bibliography shows. They correctly place in context the composition of this political summary of the most important features of Fascism. Moreover, they explain with the help of a rich and useful set of illustrations the geographical position of the text and of the monuments that host it, while posing interesting questions on the role of this text in reception studies concerning Roman Fascism, placing themselves in the most productive tradition of Realien.