Julius Caesar in Western Culture
By: Maria Wyke (editor)Paperback
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This book explores the significance of Julius Caesar to different periods, societies and people from the 50s BC through to the twenty-first century. This interdisciplinary volume explores the significance of Julius Caesar to different periods, societies and people. This work ranges over the fields of religious, military, and political history, archaeology, architecture and urban planning, the visual arts, and literary, film, theatre and cultural studies. It examines representations of Caesar in Italy, France, Germany, Britain, and the United States in particular. Objects of analysis range from Caesar's own commentaries on the Gallic wars, through Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar", and images of Caesar in Italian fascist popular culture, to contemporary cinema and current debates about American empire. Edited by a leading expert on the reception of ancient Rome, this work includes original contributions by international experts on Caesar and his reception.
Maria Wyke is Professor of Latin at University College London. She is author of Projecting the Past: Ancient Rome, Cinema and History (1997) and The Roman Mistress: Ancient and Modern Representations (2000), and is now working on her next publication Caesar: A Life in Western Culture (2006).
List of Illustrations. Notes on Comntributors. Preface and Acknowledgements. Part I Introduction. 1. Judging Julius Caesar. Christopher Pelling. Part II Literary Characterization. 2. The Earliest Depiction of Caesar and the Later Tradition. Mark Toher. 3. Caesar, Lucan's Bellum Civile,and their Reception. Christine Walde. 4. Julian Augustus' Julius Caesar. Jacqueline Long. Part III The City of Rome. 5. The Seat and Memory of Power: Caesar's Curia and Forum. Riccardo Valenzani. 6. St Peter's Needle and the Ashes of Julius Caesar. John Osborne. 7. Julius II as Second Caesar. Nicholas Temple. Part IV Nationalism and Statecraft. 8. Imitation Gone Wrong: The "Pestilentially Ambitious" Figure of Julius Caesar in Montaigne's Essais. Louisa Mackenzie. 9. Manifest Destiny and the Eclipse of Julius Caesar. Margaret Malamud. 10. Caesar, Cinema, and National Identity in the 1910s. Maria Wyke. 11. Caesar the Foe: Roman Conquest and National Resistance in Freanch Popular Culture. in Fascist Italy. Giuseppe Pucci. Part V Theatrical Performance. 12. Julius Caesar and the Democracy to Come. Nicholas Royle. 13. Shaw's Caesars. Niall Slater. 14. The Rhetoric of Romanita: Representations of Caesar in Fascist Theatre. Jane Dunnett. Part VI Warfare and Revolution. 15. From "Capitano" to "Great Commander": The Military Reception of Caesar from the Sisteenth to the Twentieth Centuries. Jorit Wintjes. 16. Crossing the Rubicon into Paris: Caesarian Comparisons from Napoleon to de Gaulle. Oliver Benjamin Hemmerle. Afterword. 17. A Twenty-First-Century Caesar. Maria Wyke. Bibliography. Index.
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