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

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

by Rachel Bryant Davies


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781107192669
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2018
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 7.09(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

Prologue; 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.

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