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Troy, Carthage and the Victorians
The Drama of Classical Ruins in the Nineteenth-Century Imagination

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  • Date Published: March 2018
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  • isbn: 9781108136808

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  • Playful, popular visions of Troy and Carthage, backdrops to the Iliad and Aeneid's epic narratives, shine the spotlight on antiquity's starring role in nineteenth-century culture. This is the story of how these ruined cities inspired bold reconstructions of the Trojan War and its aftermath, how archaeological discoveries in the Troad and North Africa sparked dramatic debates, and how their ruins were exploited to conceptualise problematic relationships between past, present and future. Rachel Bryant Davies breaks new ground in the afterlife of classical antiquity by revealing more complex and less constrained interaction with classical knowledge across a broader social spectrum than yet understood, drawing upon methodological developments from disciplines such as history of science and theatre history in order to do so. She also develops a thorough critical framework for understanding classical burlesque and engages in in-depth analysis of a toy-theatre production.

    • Proposes new model of classical reception as a complex web of socially diverse participants, entangled concerns and links between literary, visual, performance and material afterlives
    • Engages with an unusually wide range of sources and topics, including popular culture, children's literature and culture, and toy theatre
    • Richly illustrated with numerous fascinating images never before seen in print
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108136808
    • contains: 69 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Troy and Carthage in the nineteenth century
    2. Homeric pilgrimage, topography and archaeology
    3. The Trojan War at the circus
    4. The Iliad and Aeneid burlesqued
    5. Carthage and future ruins
    Epilogue: Troy and Carthage as 'a beacon and a warning'
    Appendix A. List of burlesques
    Appendix B. Select chronology.

  • Author

    Rachel Bryant Davies, University of Durham
    Rachel Bryant Davies holds an Addison Wheeler Fellowship in Classics with the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at the University of Durham and is an Early Career Associate with the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford. She contributed to Cities of God (Cambridge, 2013) and is author of Victorian Epic Burlesques (forthcoming).

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