Classical Victorians: Scholars, Scoundrels and Generals in Pursuit of Antiquity (BOK)

Edmund Richardson

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Victorian Britain set out to make the ancient world its own. This is the story of how it failed. It is the story of the headmaster who bludgeoned his wife to death, then calmly sat down to his Latin. It is the story of the embittered classical prodigy who turned to gin and opium - and the virtuoso forger who fooled the greatest scholars of the age. It is a history of hope: a general who longed to be an Homeric hero, a bankrupt poet who longed to start a revolution. Victorian classicism was defined by hope - but shaped by uncertainty. Packed with forgotten characters and texts, with the roar of the burlesque-stage and the mud of the battlefield, this book offers a rich insight into nineteenth-century culture and society. It explores just how difficult it is to stake a claim on the past.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Edmund Richardson
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9781107026773
Antall sider 242 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 1,6cm
Vekt 530 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form British & Irish history, Social & cultural history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Classical history / classical civilisation