By Simon Goldhill
How did the Victorians have interaction with the traditional global? Victorian tradition and Classical Antiquity is an excellent exploration of the way the traditional worlds of Greece and Rome stimulated Victorian tradition. via Victorian paintings, opera, and novels, Simon Goldhill examines how sexuality and wish, the politics of tradition, and the position of faith in society have been thought of and debated during the Victorian obsession with antiquity.
taking a look at Victorian paintings, Goldhill demonstrates how wish and sexuality, rather anxieties approximately male hope, have been represented and communicated via classical imagery. Probing into operas of the interval, Goldhill addresses principles of citizenship, nationalism, and cultural politics. and during fiction--specifically nineteenth-century novels in regards to the Roman Empire--he discusses faith and the fierce battles over the church as Christianity started to lose dominance over the revolutionary stance of Victorian technology and research. Rediscovering a few nice forgotten works and reframing a few extra time-honored ones, the ebook deals notable insights into how the Victorian experience of antiquity and our feel of the Victorians got here into being.
With quite a lot of examples and tales, Victorian tradition and Classical Antiquity demonstrates how curiosity within the classical previous formed nineteenth-century self-expression, giving antiquity a distinct position in Victorian culture.