Antiquity and Enlightenment Culture: New Approaches and Perspectives

Felicity Loughlin (Editor), Alexandre Johnston (Editor)

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This volume represents the first move towards a comprehensive overview of the place of antiquity in Enlightenment Europe. Eschewing a narrow focus on any one theme, it seeks to understand eighteenth-century engagements with antiquity on their own terms, focusing on the contexts, questions, and agendas that led people to turn to the ancient past. The contributors show that a profound interest in antiquity permeated all spheres of intellectual and creative endeavour, from antiquarianism to political discourse, travel writing to portraiture, theology to education. They offer new perspectives on familiar figures, such as Rousseau and Hume, as well as insights into hitherto obscure antiquarians and scholars. What emerges is a richer, more textured understanding of the substantial eighteenth-century engagement with antiquity.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages247
ISBN (Electronic)9789004412675
ISBN (Print)9789004405035
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2020

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2212-9405


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