Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity: Art, Opera, Fiction, and the Proclamation of Modernity (Martin Classical Lectures)

Simon Goldhill


How did the Victorians interact with the traditional international? Victorian tradition and Classical Antiquity is an excellent exploration of ways the traditional worlds of Greece and Rome encouraged Victorian tradition. via Victorian paintings, opera, and novels, Simon Goldhill examines how sexuality and wish, the politics of tradition, and the function of faith in society have been thought of and debated in the course of the Victorian obsession with antiquity.

taking a look at Victorian paintings, Goldhill demonstrates how hope and sexuality, fairly anxieties approximately male wish, have been represented and communicated via classical imagery. Probing into operas of the interval, Goldhill addresses rules of citizenship, nationalism, and cultural politics. and during fiction--specifically nineteenth-century novels in regards to the Roman Empire--he discusses faith and the fierce battles over the church as Christianity started to lose dominance over the innovative stance of Victorian technology and research. Rediscovering a few nice forgotten works and reframing a few extra popular ones, the e-book deals amazing insights into how the Victorian experience of antiquity and our feel of the Victorians got here into being.

With quite a lot of examples and tales, Victorian tradition and Classical Antiquity demonstrates how curiosity within the classical prior formed nineteenth-century self-expression, giving antiquity a special position in Victorian culture.

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