A major new interpretation of the impact of ancient Rome on our
culture, this study charts the effects of two diametrically opposed
views of Roman antiquity: the virtuous republic of self-less
citizen soldiers and the corrupt empire of power-hungry tyrants.
The power of these images is second only to those derived from
Christianity in constructing our modern culture. Few modern readers
are aware of how indebted we are to the Roman model of our
political philosophy, art, music, cinema, opera, and drama.
Originally published in 1987.
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