Classical Victorians: Scholars, Scoundrels and Generals in Pursuit of Antiquity

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Victorian Britain set out to make the ancient world its own. This is the story of how it failed. It is the story of the headmaster who bludgeoned his wife to death, then calmly sat down to his Latin. It is the story of the embittered classical prodigy who turned to gin and opium - and the virtuoso forger who fooled the greatest scholars of the age. It is a history of hope: a general who longed to be an Homeric hero, a bankrupt poet who longed to start a revolution. Victorian classicism was defined by hope - but shaped by ...

Classical Victorians: Scholars, Scoundrels and Generals in Pursuit of Antiquity 2013, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107026773

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