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Introduction: Neo-Roman Mimesis and the Law of Ruin

Introduction: Neo-Roman Mimesis and the Law of Ruin

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction: Neo-Roman Mimesis and the Law of Ruin
Source:
The Conquest of Ruins
Author(s):
Julia Hell
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226588223.003.0001

The danger of imitation is terrible.

FRANÇOIS-RENÉ DE CHATEAUBRIAND (1797)1

One thought alone preoccupies the submerged mind of Empire: how not to end, how not to die, how to prolong its era. By day it pursues its enemies … By night it feeds on images of disaster: the sack of cities, the rape of populations, pyramids of bones, acres of desolation....

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