The Victorians and Ancient Rome
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This is the first full-length study of the impact on Victorian Britain of the history and literature of ancient Rome.


Norman Vance is Professor of English at the University of Sussex. His previous books include The Sinews of the Spirit (1985), a study of Victorian Christian Manliness, and Irish Literature, a Social History (1990).



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Part I: Living Rome: Romantics and Revolution: .

1. The Persistence of Rome.

2. Rome and European Revolutions.

3. Rome and the Writing of History.

Part II: Roman Poets in the Nineteenth Century:.

4. Lucretius.

5. Catullus.

6. Virgil.

7. Ovid.

8. Horace.

Part III: Late Victorians and Later Rome:.

9. Fictions of Rome, or, Love, Death and Glory.

10. Rome and Imperial Debate.

11. Decadence, Degeneration and Decline.


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