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The Conquest of Ruins: The Third Reich and the Fall of Rome

Julia Hell


Connecting post-imperial studies to ruin studies, The Conquest of Ruins reconstructs and analyzes the Roman Empire’s afterlife as Western Europe’s history of neo-Roman mimesis. Each moment in the European history of imitating Rome, from Charles V to the Nazi empire, generated its own mimetic practices and texts reflecting on Rome and neo-Roman empires. The Romans’ monumentalizing empire-making and theatricality of politics shaped later imitations. These mimetic moments constructed the ancient empire as the ultimate expression of imperial power. At the same time, they also produced a never-endi ... More

Keywords: Roman empire, neo-Roman empires, imperial mimesis, historical imaginary, ruin gazer scenario, ruined stage, regimes of visuality, Nazi empire, katechontic sovereign, barbarian enemy

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226588056
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226588223.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Hell, author
University of Michigan

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