Rome and Her Monuments: Essays on the City and Literature of Rome in Honor of Katherine A. Geffcken

Rome and Her Monuments: Essays on the City and Literature of Rome in Honor of Katherine A. Geffcken

Rome and Her Monuments: Essays on the City and Literature of Rome in Honor of Katherine A. Geffcken

Rome and Her Monuments: Essays on the City and Literature of Rome in Honor of Katherine A. Geffcken

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Our title for this volume—Rome and Her Monuments: Essays on the City and Literature of Rome in Honor of Katherine A. Geffcken— contains a possessive adjective chosen to perform a double duty. In selecting the word “her” to precede “Monuments,” we have employed the well-known Greek and Latin construction called, in the former language, apo koinou. Technically this phrase refers to descriptive terms shared by two different clauses in the same sentence. In this instance, however, it is merely the first and last noun in the title as a whole that do the sharing: Rome and Katherine Geffcken.

Many of the essays that have been written for this collection offer new readings of some major Latin literary texts from ancient Rome during the classical era. These literary texts are monuments in the sense of the word used by the poet Horace at Odes 3.30, when he defines his Latin lyrics composed in Greek meters as a monumentum more enduring than bronze, aere perennius. Other essays in this volume focus on monuments of a more literal sort, by illuminating the artistic, architectural and archaeological achievements of the urbs antiqua aeternaque itself.

Among these essays are several that deal with the history of the American Academy in Rome. Composed of the Schools of Fine Arts and Classical Studies, the AAR is dedicated to investigating and celebrating the artistic, intellectual and physical legacy of that ancient city. Classical Rome, therefore, occupies the inspirational center of these scholarly efforts by philologists, art historians and archaeologists representing two successive academic generations, as well as a wide variety of topics, analytical approaches and bodies of evidence.

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