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Author(s): Mac Sweeney, Naoíse
Agbamu, Samuel
Andújar, Rosa
Okyere Asante, Michael
Bastos Marques, Juliana
Bernard, Gwladys
Bonacchi, Chiara
Dozier, Curtis
Duru, Güneş
Goff, Barbara
Futo Kennedy, Rebecca
Koparal, Elif
Krsmanovic, Damjan
McCoskey, Denise
Morley, Neville
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Title: Claiming the Classical: The Greco-Roman World in Contemporary Political Discourse
Citation: Mac Sweeney N, Agbamu S, Andújar R, Okyere Asante M, Bastos Marques J, Bernard G, Bonacchi C, Dozier C, Duru G, Goff B, Futo Kennedy R, Koparal E, Krsmanovic D, McCoskey D & Morley N (2019) Claiming the Classical: The Greco-Roman World in Contemporary Political Discourse., 01.11.2018. Council of University Classical Departments Bulletin, (48).
Issue Date: 2-Jun-2019
Date Deposited: 24-Jun-2019
Conference Dates: 2018-11-01
Abstract: First paragraph: Amidst the shifting political discourses of the twenty-first century, Greco-Roman or ‘classical’ antiquity has emerged as a recurring theme. From North American white supremacists adopting Spartan ‘lambda’ symbols to the Chinese government’s discussion of the ‘Tacitus trap’; and from the Latin names given to EU immigration policies to the satirical critique of authority in South Africa, references to the Greco-Roman world are currently made by actors from across the political spectrum and in many different parts of the world. While excellent research has been done on individual examples, the full picture remains largely obscure. Why does classical antiquity still appeal to so many politicians and activists in the twenty-first century? Does the classical world have the same political associations across national and/or continental borders? And how are the classics used differently in different political contexts?
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