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p. 1029. Imagine Thatlocked

  • Mary Beard
  •  and John Henderson

Abstract

‘Imagine That’ considers an Arcadian ‘elsewhere’, first imagined by Virgil during the early days of Augustus' rise to power, where the imagination could escape mundane time and tune into the original scene of singing, and later by writers such as Jacopo Sannazaro and Sir Philip Sidney. Through the centuries, unorthodox and repressed sexualities have been explored (and found precedents) under the wing of Classics. Classics does more than flood the imaginative repertoire of our cultural heritage. It offers an array of precedents for personal behaviour, sufficiently unlike those in our own experience to challenge our comprehension — though sufficiently like our own to fray our nerves and upset our certainties.

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