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Excavating Modernity: The Roman Past in Fascist Italy

Joshua Arthurs


The cultural and material legacies of the Roman Republic and Empire in evidence throughout Rome have made it the “Eternal City.” Too often, however, this patrimony has caused Rome to be seen as static and antique, insulated from the transformations of the modern world. This book revises this perception, arguing that as both place and idea, Rome was strongly shaped by a radical vision of modernity imposed by Benito Mussolini's regime between the two world wars. Italian Fascism's appropriation of the Roman past—the idea of Rome, or romanità—encapsulated the Fascist virtues of discipline, hierarc ... More

Keywords: modernity, Roman Republic, Roman Empire, Eternal City, Rome, Fascism, Roman legionary, citizen-soldier, romanità

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449987
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Arthurs, author
Assistant Professor of History, West Virginia Universit