The Sites of Rome: Time, Space, Memory

Hardcover | January 11, 2007

EditorDavid H. J. Larmour, Diana Spencer

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Rome was a building site for much of its history, a city continually reshaped and reconstituted in line with political and cultural change. In later times, the conjunction of ruins and rebuilding lent the cityscape a particularly fascinating character, much exploited by artists and writers.This layering and changing of vistas also finds expression in the literary tradition, from classical times right up to the twenty-first-century. This collection of essays offers glimpses, sideways glances and unexpected angles that open up Rome in its widest possible sense, and explores how thevisible components of Rome - the hills, the Tiber, the temples, the Forums, the Colosseum, the statues and monuments - operate as, or become, the sites/sights of Rome.The analyses are informed by contemporary critical thinking and draw on ancient historical narrative, Roman poetry, Renaissanceliterature and cartography, art of the Grand Tour era, Russian and Soviet interpretations, and twentieth-century cinema.

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Rome was a building site for much of its history, a city continually reshaped and reconstituted in line with political and cultural change. In later times, the conjunction of ruins and rebuilding lent the cityscape a particularly fascinating character, much exploited by artists and writers.This layering and changing of vistas also find...

David H. J. Larmour is Professor and Head of Classics, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Texas Tech University. Diana Spencer is Lecturer in Classics, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:450 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.21 inPublished:January 11, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199217491

ISBN - 13:9780199217496

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David H. J. Larmour and Diana Spencer: Introduction: Roma, recepta: a topography of the imagination1. Diana Spencer: Rome at a gallop: Livy, on not gazing, jumping, or toppling into the void2. Micaela Janan: `In the name of the father': Ovid's Theban law3. Paul Allen Miller: `I get around': sadism, desire, and metonymy on the streets of Rome with Horace, Ovid, and Juvenal4. David H. J. Larmour: Holes in the body: sites of abjection in Juvenal's Rome5. Rhiannon Ash: Victim and voyeur: Rome as a character in Tacitus' Histories 36. Jason Banta: The gates of Janus: Bakhtin and Plutarch's Roman meta-chronotope7. Jacob Blevins: Staging Rome: the renaissance, Rome, and humanism's classical crisis8. Caroline Vout: Sizing up Rome, or theorizing the overview9. Marina Balina: Ancient Rome for little comrades: the legacy of classical antiquity in Soviet children's literature10. Elena Theodorakopoulos: The sites and sights of Rome in Fellini's films: `not a human habitation but a psychical entity'