By Margaret Malamud(auth.), Maria Wyke(eds.)

Ancient Rome and sleek America explores the important function the narratives and pictures of Rome have performed in America’s knowing of itself and its background.

  • Places America’s reaction to Rome in a ancient context, from the innovative period to the current
  • Looks at portrayals of Rome in several media: writing, structure, theatre, portray, World’s festivals and Expositions, and movie
  • Beautifully illustrated with over forty top of the range images and figures

Chapter 1 Exemplary Romans within the Early Republic (pages 9–33):
Chapter 2 operating Men's Heroes (pages 34–69):
Chapter three Rome and the Politics of Slavery (pages 70–97):
Chapter four company Caesars and Radical Reformers (pages 98–121):
Chapter five occur advantage (pages 122–149):
Chapter 6 The Pleasures of Empire (pages 150–185):
Chapter 7 Screening Rome in the course of the nice melancholy (pages 186–207):
Chapter eight chilly battle Romans (pages 208–228):
Chapter nine Imperial intake (pages 229–252):

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When the Panic of 1837 ushered in a long depression, Representative John Pendleton Kennedy of Maryland contrasted the prosperity of 1829 with the hard times of 1837. ’” Representative Henry A. qxd 29/7/08 9:00 AM Page 25 Exemplary Romans in the Early Republic 25 I must decline accepting the honor intended to be bestowed. I cannot consent that my mortal body shall be laid in a repository prepared for an emperor or a king. My republican feelings and principles forbid it; the simplicity of our system of Government forbids it .

And that his first steps were to cypherize the Senate and judicial tribunals; to take into his own hands the whole power of appointment to office, and to distribute the spoils of victory among his adherents. It was these measures . . that enabled him to lay deep the foundations of the imperial throne . . 60 According to this critic, Jackson, like Caesar, was an ambitious leader who wished to govern like a king. 64 When Jackson attempted to break the Second Bank of the United States (and the power of monopoly) by seizing the deposits of the nation’s bank and putting them in state banks, he prompted outrage in Congress.

In the theatre, the typical layout was a tripartite division into a gallery, where poor working men, servants, blacks, and prostitutes sat; the pit, for the “middling” classes; and the boxes, for those with the most money. Walt Whitman went to the Bowery Theatre in New York City around 1840 and sat in the pit, where he was surrounded by the “slang, wit, occasional shirt sleeves, and picturesque freedom of looks and manners, with a rude, good-natured and restless movement” of firemen, mechanics, and butchers.

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