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p. 1169. The afterlife of the Republiclocked

  • David M. Gwynn

Abstract

‘The afterlife of the Republic’ asks what is the legacy of the Roman Republic? As the Renaissance spread throughout Europe, ancient Rome was reinterpreted in many different forms to fill widely varying needs. Shakespeare's Roman interests reflected the issues of his time: questions of political succession and the legitimacy of tyrannicide were the focus of great controversy in Tudor and Stuart England. Appreciation of the Roman past acquired greater significance in the turbulent eighteenth century as the great revolutions in America and France drew inspiration from visions of a Republican utopia, and still today the Roman Republic pervades modern Western culture from intellectual discourse to film and television.

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