The Eternal City

Roman Images in the Modern World

By Peter Bondanella

304 pp., 6 x 9

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-6511-8
    Published: May 2011
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2067-1
    Published: November 2017

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A major new interpretation of the impact of ancient Rome on our culture, this study charts the effects of two diametrically opposed views of Roman antiquity: the virtuous republic of self-less citizen soldiers and the corrupt empire of power-hungry tyrants. The power of these images is second only to those derived from Christianity in constructing our modern culture. Few modern readers are aware of how indebted we are to the Roman model of our political philosophy, art, music, cinema, opera, and drama.

Originally published in 1987.

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"Bondanella has an original theme, and brings to it an unusually wide knowledge in the fields of literature, art history, and the place of film in twentieth-century culture."--Denis Mack Smith, All Souls College, Oxford