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Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester SoSe 2017 , Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2024
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Decline and Fall: The Ancient World and the British Imagination Gr. 2    Sprache: Englisch    Belegpflicht
(Keine Nummer) Hauptseminar     SoSe 2017     2 SWS     jedes Semester    
   Lehreinheit: Anglistik    
   Teilnehmer/-in  Maximal : 25  
   Zugeordnete Lehrperson:   Heyl
Zur Zeit keine Belegung möglich
   Termin: Mittwoch   10:00  -  12:00    wöch.
Beginn : 26.04.2017   
      Raum :   R12 R04 B21   R12R  

For a long time, the ancient world – Greece, the Roman Empire, but also Babylon – loomed large in the British imagination. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that London was founded by a descendant of the Trojan hero Aeneas. From the Renaissance on, English literature was profoundly influenced by the works ancient writers. As the British Empire developed, it came to be seen as a modern equivalent of the Roman Empire. This led to the idea that London was the new Rome, a notion that gained currency in the early eighteenth century and remained very influential throughout the nineteenth century and beyond.

The ancient world as a cultural model affected many spheres of life – from literature to architecture, art and fashion. While London was thought of as the new Rome, Edinburgh re-invented itself as the Athens of the North, with an impressive neo-classical New Town and a bizarre attempt at creating a Scottish copy of the Parthenon temple. Authors, artists and architects speculated about how, one day, the British Empire would be a thing of the past, and how it would be studied by archaeologists of the future. There are historical novels set in ancient Rome, or, even better, in Roman Britain, and there are interesting movies (such as I, Claudius) based on such novels.

In this seminar, we are going to study a wide and fascinating range of phenomena – texts, images, architecture, movies - from the Middle Ages to the present day, and from epic poetry to The Life of Brian. A reader will be available from the usual place in Reckhammerweg.

This seminar will be accompanied by a study tour to Edinburgh which will take place in autumn, before the beginning of the winter semester. A limited number of places will be available, these come with a subsidy of € 200 per person.

Requirements: thorough preparation for each session, active participation, and, if applicable, written work according to your particular Studienordnung. As always: think, enjoy (!), annotate, and look things up if necessary.


In connection with this seminar, there will be a study tour to Edinburgh, a city that re-invented itself as „the Athens of the North“ in the eighteenth century. A limited number of subsidized spaces will be available.