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Rome Post Mortem: The Many Returns of Rutilius Namatianus
2018 (English)In: Reading Late Antiquity / [ed] Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed, Mats Malm, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2018, 1, p. 121-135Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In “Rome Post Mortem: The Many Returns of Rutilius Namatianus,” Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed retraces the steps of the early fifth-century Gallo-Roman poet Rutilius Namatianus – from the pen of Edward Gibbon, who saw in Rutilius an archetypal image of the crumbling Empire, to French postrevolutionary intellectuals who perceived him as a romantic hero. Rutilius’ experiences were acutely relevant in the disasters that followed after the Napoleonic Wars, but it was in the Italian nationalist and decadentist movements that his poem had its greatest political impact. Once integrated into the fascist movement, he became the voice of the lost Roman Empire that would now come alive again. More recently he has become a poet of crisis and shock. No wonder that post-9/11 filmmakers or scholars have identified with Rutilius Namatianus and his reluctant journey away from the crumbling monuments of Rome after Alaric’s sack. The very lexicon of western civilization and its fear of “falling” because of non-western “barbarian” aggression originates from the narrative of the Late Antique decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2018, 1. p. 121-135
Series
The Other Antiquity
Keywords [en]
Rutilius Namatianus, Edward Gibbon, Decedence, Italian Fascism
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Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339228ISBN: 978-3-8253-7745-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-339228DiVA, id: diva2:1175181
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The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities (KVHAA)Available from: 2018-01-17 Created: 2018-01-17 Last updated: 2018-01-17

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