Recreating Ancient History: Episodes from the Greek and Roman Past in the Arts and Literature of the Early Modern Period


This volume deals with the question: how did scholars and artists in the early modern period represent, or rather, recreate (Greek and Roman) history? It appears that ancient history was not just studied so as to reconstruct the past, it was used as a way of understanding and legitimizing the present. Sixteen authors from various disciplines have studied the works of scholars and artists in different media so as to reveal how they used ancient history as a rich field of raw material, that could be used, recycled and adapted to new needs and purposes. The studies in this volume are important for historians of the early modern period from all disciplines, and for all those interested in the reception of classical antiquity. Contributors include: Maria Berbera, Jan Bloemendal, Anton Boschloo, Jeanine De Landtsheer, Jan L. de Jong, Karl Enenkel, Marc Laureys, Olga van Marion, Alicia Montoya, Mark Morford, Bettina Noak, Sjaak Onderdelinden, Paul Smith, Wilfried Stroh, Francesca Terrenato, Arnoud Visser, and Bart Westerweel. This publication has also been published in paperback, please click here for details."

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Anton Boschloo
  • Jan L. De Jong
  • Mark Morford
  • Karl Enenkel
  • Jeanine De Landtsheer
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boston
Publication year:
  • 2001