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Classics and National Cultures (Classical Presences)


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Numerous nations have in one way or another engaged with the cultures of classical Greece and Rome. What impact does the classical past have on ideas of the nation, nationhood, nationality, and what effect does the national space have on classical culture? How has classical culture been imagined in various national traditions, what importance has it had within them, and for whom? This collection of essays by an international team of experts tackles the vexed relationship between Classics and national cultures, presenting essays on many regions, including China, India, Mexico, Japan, and South Africa, as well as Germany, Greece, and Italy. It poses new questions for the study of antiquity and for the history of nations and nationalisms.

About the Author

Susan A. Stephens is Professor of Classics at Stanford University.

Phiroze Vasunia is Reader in the Department of Classics at the University of Reading.

Table of Contents


1. 'out of eure sanscreed into oure eryan': Ireland, the Classics and Independence, Nicholas Allen

2. Marooned Mandarins: Freud, Classical Education, and the Jews of Vienna, Richard H. Armstrong

3. Classical Culture for a Classical Country: Scholarship and the Past in Vincenzo Cuoco's Plato in Italy, Giovanna Ceserani

4. Classical Education and the Early American Democratic Style, Joy Connolly

5. Mimicry and Classical Allusion in V. S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men, Emily Greenwood

6. Editing the Nation: Classical Scholarship in Greece, c.1930, Constanze Guthenke

7. Eastern European Nations, Western Culture and the Classical Tradition, Asen Kirin

8. The Cosmic Race and a Heap of Broken Images: Mexico's Classical Past and the Modern Creole Imagination, Andrew Laird

9. Unbuilding the Acropolis in Greek Literature, Vassilis Lambropoulos

10. How to Build a National Epic: Digenes Akrites and the Song of Roland, Fernanda Moore

11. Heraclitus on the Highveld: The Universalism (Ancient and Modern) of T. J. Haarhoff, Grant Parker

12. Auerbach, Homer, and the Jews, James Porter

13. Contestatory Classics in 1920s China, Haun Saussy

14. The New Alexandrian Library, Susan Stephens

15. Translatio and Difference: Western Classics in Modern Japan, Yasunari Takada

16. Alexander Sikandar, Phiroze Vasunia

Product Details

Stephens, Susan A.
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Susan A.
Vasunia, Phiroze
null, Phiroze
Ancient - General
Classical Studies | Ancient History
World History-Ancient History
Classical Presences
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5 in-text illustrations
6.2 x 9.1 x 0.7 in 1.644 lb

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History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History

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