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ISBN13:9780198878902
ISBN10:0198878907
Binding:Hardback
No. of pages:288 pages
Size:240x164x20 mm
Weight:634 g
Language:English
Illustrations: 29 figures/illustrations
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The Renaissance Battle for Rome

Competing Claims to an Idealized Past in Humanist Latin Poetry
 
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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The Renaissance Battle for Rome examines a rhetorical battle fought simultaneously between many parties seeking prestige or legitimacy through the legacy of ancient Rome. It traces the contours of this battle across Renaissance Europe, waged by humanist Latin poets negotiating different claims on behalf of others and themselves in their work.

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The Renaissance Battle for Rome examines the rhetorical battle fought simultaneously between a wide variety of parties (individuals, groups, authorities) seeking prestige or legitimacy through the legacy of ancient Rome?a battle over the question of whose claims to this legacy were most legitimate. Distinguishing four domains?power, morality, cityscape and literature?in which ancient Rome represented a particularly powerful example, this book traces the contours of this rhetorical battle across Renaissance Europe, based on a broad selection of Humanist Latin Poetry. It shows how humanist poets negotiated different claims on behalf of others and themselves in their work, acting both as "spin doctors" and "new Romans", while also undermining competing claims to this same idealized past. By so doing this book not only offers a new understanding of several aspects of the Renaissance that are usually considered separately, but ultimately allows us to understand Renaissance culture as a constant negotiation between appropriating and contesting the idea and ideal of "Rome."

The Renaissance Battle for Rome as a Renaissance sequel to Edwards' seminal book. B. displays an impressive level of scholarship...The book is enhanced by nearly thirty illustrations, many of which are in colour. The book will be of interest to scholars of the Renaissance, and those interested in classical reception studies.
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements
Conventions
Introduction: Forging Privileged Links to an Idealized Past
A New Golden Age. Rome Reclaims her Ancient Past
Competing Appropriations of Rome's Empire without End
Weaponized Images of Roman Virtue and Vice
The Symbolic Resonances of Rome's Cityscape
The Humanist Poets as "New Romans"
Epilogue
Appendix of Humanist Authors
Bibliography
Illustrations
Index locorum
General Index