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Modern Cultural Myth of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Hardcover) (Jonathan Theodore)

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This book investigates the ‘decline and fall’ of Rome as perceived and imagined in aspects of British and American culture and thought from the late nineteenth through the early twenty-first centuries. It explores the ways in which writers, filmmakers and the media have conceptualized this process and the parallels they have drawn, deliberately or unconsciously, to their contemporary world. Jonathan Theodore argues that the decline and fall of Rome is no straightforward historical fact, but a ‘myth’ in terms coined by Claude Lévi-Strauss, meaning not a ‘falsehood’ but a complex social and ideological construct. Instead, it represents the fears of European and American thinkers as they confront the perceived instability and pitfalls of the civilization to which they belonged. The material gathered in this book illustrates the value of this idea as a spatiotemporalconcept, rather than a historical event – a narrative with its own unique moral purpose. 

Number of Pages: 228
Genre: History, Performing Arts
Sub-Genre: Film + Video / History + Criticism, Europe / General, Social History
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Textstream
Author: Jonathan Theodore
Language: English
Street Date: September 14, 2016
TCIN: 51177818
UPC: 9781137569967
Item Number (DPCI): 248-17-4143
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