Ancient Rome and Modern America (Classical Receptions) by Margaret Malamud

By Margaret Malamud

Old Rome and smooth the USA explores the very important function the narratives and photographs of Rome have performed in America’s knowing of itself and its history.Places America’s reaction to Rome in a old context, from the progressive period to the presentLooks at portrayals of Rome in several media: writing, structure, theatre, portray, World’s gala's and Expositions, and filmBeautifully illustrated with over forty prime quality images and figures

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Hone quoted in Wallach (1994), 93. qxd 32 29/7/08 9:00 AM Page 32 Exemplary Romans in the Early Republic 60 “On presidential usurpation,” Farmer’s Cabinet (September 28, 1832): 2. 61 Niles’ Weekly Register (April 16, 1831), quoted in Miles (1968), 368. 62 “Brutus; Caesar; United States; Gazette; Letter; Stephen Simpson; People,” Baltimore Patriot (August 8, 1831): 2. 63 Jackson was also sometimes compared to Napoleon. Davison (1975), 23; Stansell and Wilentz (1994), 17. 64 Note the irony of identifying Jackson as Julius Caesar.

41 When he delivered his fifth oration on the subject on March 6, 1775, Warren wrapped himself in a toga and again passionately urged his countrymen to resist slavery. Spartacus’ desire for freedom and his resistance to Roman slavery resonated with American sentiments because his actions could be popularly understood as a fight for freedom from “slavery” to the British crown. Bird’s Spartacus, like Cato, Patrick Henry, and Joseph Warren (who died at the battle of Bunker Hill, shortly after giving his fifth oration), preferred death to slavery.

When the Panic of 1837 ushered in a long depression, Representative John Pendleton Kennedy of Maryland contrasted the prosperity of 1829 with the hard times of 1837. ’” Representative Henry A. qxd 29/7/08 9:00 AM Page 25 Exemplary Romans in the Early Republic 25 I must decline accepting the honor intended to be bestowed. I cannot consent that my mortal body shall be laid in a repository prepared for an emperor or a king. My republican feelings and principles forbid it; the simplicity of our system of Government forbids it .

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