Materials used in opening lecture, English 156 S05 (History of Art 152): Victorians in Togas: Classicism and Empire in Victorian Literature and Art

Multiple Victorian Versions of Ancient Rome

  1. The Republic — the ideal of Freedom (Macaulay)
  2. The Empire (1) — model for British imperialism (and warning)
  3. The Empire (2) — Britain as colony
  4. The Empire (3) — Roman remains — Hardrian's Wall, roads, buldings, and archelogy
  5. The Empire (4) — Nero, Caligula, and the Roman decadence — a subversive ideal
  6. The Empire (5) — Apocalypse: the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum
  7. Christian Rome (1) — Early Christianity on Ancient Rome: Saints and Martyrs
  8. Christian Rome (2) — the fear of Roman Catholicism

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and Associates

Aesthetic Pre-Raphaelitism — Medievalized Eroticism, Eroticized Medievealism

The Classicists (anti-Pre-Raphaelites?)

A Complicating Factor — Pre-Raphaelite Classical Subjects


Victorian Web Victorian courses

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