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The Golden Age of the Classics in America

Greece, Rome, and the Antebellum United States

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$60.50 • £48.95 • €54.50

ISBN 9780674032644

Publication Date: 03/23/2009


272 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


[A] thorough and thoughtful survey of the antebellum period.—Richard Jenkyns, The Times Literary Supplement

With the present work, Richard, a distinguished intellectual historian at the University of Louisiana, has concluded a trilogy, the other titles being The Founders and the Classics and Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts. Together, these works constitute an engaging, accessible, and learned study of the central role the classics played in U.S. intellectual history up to 1865. Full citations of the sources, an accurate index, elegant typography, and sturdy binding make this admirable monograph a valuable resource for students at every level.—R.I. Frank, Choice

In a lucid and readable book, Carl Richard clearly demonstrates the ongoing importance of classicism in the decades before the Civil War in the United States. Focusing on well-established figures in the American political and literary canon, he shows how the ideals of the classical world continued to provide Americans with one of their principal sets of ideological tools well into the nineteenth century. Richard shows that classicism was democratized in nineteenth-century America, reaching more broadly and deeply into American culture than it had in the previous century.—Caroline Winterer, Stanford University

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