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The Second German Reich: The Struggle for Rome, or Barbarians Becoming Romans

The Second German Reich: The Struggle for Rome, or Barbarians Becoming Romans

Chapter:
(p.256) Fourteen The Second German Reich: The Struggle for Rome, or Barbarians Becoming Romans
Source:
The Conquest of Ruins
Author(s):
Julia Hell
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226588223.003.0015

This chapter deals with the Second German Reich’s imperial politics and imitation of ancient Rome. The chapter starts with the Reich’s investment in imperial archaeology and the 1886 Pergamum Panorama in Berlin. Mobilizing the power of resurrectional techniques, this panorama positioned its viewers as Roman colonizers. The author traces the same techniques at work in Felix Dahn’s Virgilian novel, The Struggle for Rome, and Carl von Piloty’s historical painting Thusnelda in the Triumphal Procession of Germanicus, which contributed to the Reich’s neo-Roman imaginary,

Keywords:   German Kaiserreich, Pergamum Panorama, Pergamum Altar, Carl von Piloty, Felix Dahn, Ostrogoths, imperial archaeology, Roman limes commission, reenacted Roman triumph, resurrectional techniques

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