Writing Rome Textual Approaches to the City

ISBN-10: 0521559529
ISBN-13: 9780521559522
Edition: 1996
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Description: The city of Rome is built not only of bricks and marble but also of the words of its writers. For the ancient inhabitant or visitor, the buildings of Rome, the public spaces of the city, were crowded with meanings and associations. These meanings  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/10/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 164
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

The city of Rome is built not only of bricks and marble but also of the words of its writers. For the ancient inhabitant or visitor, the buildings of Rome, the public spaces of the city, were crowded with meanings and associations. These meanings were generated partly through activities associated with particular places, but Rome also took on meanings from literature written about the city: stories of its foundation, praise of its splendid buildings, laments composed by those obliged to leave it. Ancient writers made use of the city to explore the complexities of Roman history, power and identity. This book aims to chart selected aspects of Rome's resonance in literature and the literary resonance of Rome. A wide range of texts are explored, from later periods as well as from antiquity, since, as the author hopes to show, Gibbon, Goethe and others can be revealing guides to the literary topography of ancient Rome.

Denis Feeneyis Giger Professor of Latin at Princeton University and was the 2004 Sather Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. His books includeLiterature and Religion at Rome: Cultures, Contexts, and Beliefs(1998) andThe Gods in Epic: Poets and Critics of the Classical Tradition(1991).

List of plates
Preface
Introduction: the city of words
The city of memories
The city of gods
The city of empire
The city of marvels
The city of exiles
Epilogue
Bibliography
Indexes
General index
Index of passages discussed

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