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Title Heroes, saints, and gods: Foundation legends and propaganda in ancient and Renaissance Rome
Publication Date
Degree MA
Discipline/Department History and Philosophy
Degree Level masters
University/Publisher Eastern Michigan University
Abstract The paper investigates the way in which Roman leaders, during the classical and Renaissance periods, used foundation myths as a form of persona l propaganda. It shows that men like Julius Caesar used the supposed founders of the city to promote their own claims to power through art and architecture. It not only explains how men like Augustus would build upon this by including not only the city’s founders, but also Caesar to legitimize their own claims though art, architecture, and literature. And final ly, it provides a look into how the princes of the Renaissance—especially the papal princes—took ancient, imperial, and biblical founders to uphold the papacy’s power over Rome and Christendom, through art, architecture, literature, and art collecting.
Subjects/Keywords Aeneas; Julius Caesar; Papacy; Rome; Romulus; History
Contributors Dr. Ronald K. Delph, Chair; Dr. James P. Holoka
Rights Open Access Thesis
Country of Publication us
Record ID oai:commons.emich.edu:theses-1841
Repository emich
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2018-04-26
Created Date 2013-03-15 07:00:00

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