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Hitler in Rome 1: Visiting the Mostra Augustea della Romanità, 1938

Hitler in Rome 1: Visiting the Mostra Augustea della Romanità, 1938

Chapter:
(p.313) Seventeen Hitler in Rome 1: Visiting the Mostra Augustea della Romanità, 1938
Source:
The Conquest of Ruins
Author(s):
Julia Hell
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226588223.003.0018

This chapter focuses on several aspects of Hitler’s state visit during the bimillenary celebrations of Augustus’s birth. This includes the guided tours through exhibitions devoted to the Augustan empire and Hitler’s triumphal entry into Rome and his carriage ride across Augustus’ architectural stage. The author details the Italian fascists’ politics of romanità and their restorations of Rome’s stage-in-ruins. These restorations involved iconic ruins like the Augustan mausoleum, the theater of Marcellus, the Ara Pacis, and others. The author points to the erasure of Rome’s end in the Mostra Augustea, the 1938 exhibit on the Augustan era, and the defiant gesture at the heart of Mussolini’s Augustan masquerade. This defiance also characterized Marcello Piacentini’s monumentalizing designs for E42 as the new Italian empire’s “un-ruined” stage. The chapter makes the case that on this trip Hitler encountered the core ideas and resurrectional practices of neo-Roman mimesis.

Keywords:   Augustus bimillenary, Mostra Augustea, romanità, Marcello Piacentini, Piazzale Augusto Imperatore, E42 project, Curzio Malaparte, Mussolini

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