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Against Neo-Roman Mimesis: Johann Gottfried Herder at Carthage and François de Volney at Palmyra

Against Neo-Roman Mimesis: Johann Gottfried Herder at Carthage and François de Volney at Palmyra

Chapter:
(p.141) Seven Against Neo-Roman Mimesis: Johann Gottfried Herder at Carthage and François de Volney at Palmyra
Source:
The Conquest of Ruins
Author(s):
Julia Hell
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226588223.003.0008

Chapter seven begins with Piranesi, the artist who rendered Rome’s ruined stage visible in the new age of exploration and conquest. The author draws out the similarity between Piranesi’s staging of Rome’s ruins and the form that ruin gazer scenarios take in texts by François de Volney and Johann Gottfried Herder, who centered their scenes on the ruins of Rome and Carthage (Herder) and those of Palmyra and London (Volney). She introduces these two authors, who wrote in the wake of eighteenth-century British and French voyages of discovery, as anti-imperial, anticolonial theorists of empire and mimesis. She explores their reflections on barbarians, ancient and modern.

Keywords:   François de Volney, Johann Gottfried Herder, Piranesi, James Cook, Palmyra, Carthage, Scipio’s Dream, Zenobia, Robert Wood, resurrectional gaze

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