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Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity: Art, Opera, Fiction, and the Proclamation of Modernity

Simon Goldhill


How did the Victorians engage with the ancient world? This book is an exploration of how ancient Greece and Rome influenced Victorian culture. Through Victorian art, opera, and novels, the book examines how sexuality and desire, the politics of culture, and the role of religion in society were considered and debated through the Victorian obsession with antiquity. Looking at Victorian art, it demonstrates how desire and sexuality, particularly anxieties about male desire, were represented and communicated through classical imagery. Probing into operas of the period, the book addresses ideas of ... More

Keywords: desire, Victorian culture, Victorians, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, art, sexuality, citizenship, nationalism, opera

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691149844
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Goldhill, author
King's College