Remembering Parthenope: The Reception of Classical Naples from Antiquity to the Present

ISBN : 9780199673933

Jessica Hughes; Claudio Buongiovanni
400 ページ
157 x 223 mm
Classical Presences

This edited collection focuses on how the ancient past of the city of Naples has been invented, shaped, transmitted, and received in literature, art, and material culture since the time of the city's foundation. Adopting a chronological approach, chapters examine important moments in Naples' reception history from the Roman period (when the city was already several centuries old) to the present day. Among the topics covered are representations of the city's early history and mythology in texts and temples of the Roman period; later uses of Roman spolia (marble sculptures and architectural elements) in Christian churches; the importance of antiquity to the rulers of the Angevin and Swabian periods; the appropriation of the city's classical heritage by Renaissance humanists; the image of the 'local' poets Virgil and Statius in later eras; humanist images of the ancient aqueducts and catacombs that ran beneath the city; representations of classical monuments in early modern city guides; images of ancient ruins in contemporary Catholic nativity scenes; and the archaeology and philosophy of the city's Metro system. Featuring contributions from an interdisciplinary range of scholars, this comprehensive volume provides a highly accessible point of entry into the vast bibliography on ancient Naples.


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List of Contributors
1. Introduction: Entering the Siren's City
2. Setting the Agenda: The Image of Classical Naples in Strabo's Geography and other Ancient Literary Sources
3. The Temple of the Dioscuri and the Mythic Origins of Neapolis
4. Colonizing the Past: Cultural Memory and Civic Identity in Hellenistic and Roman Naples
5. Greek Magistrates in Roman Naples? Law and Memory from the Fourth Century BC to the Fourth Century AD
6. Between Classical and Modern Naples: 'Cultural Forgetting' at the Time of the Gothic War
7. Marmora Romana in Medieval Naples: Architectural Spolia from the Fourth to Fifteenth Centuries AD
8. Virgiliana Neapolis urbs: Receptions of Classical Naples in the Swabian and Early Angevin Ages
9. Naples: A Poets' City and its Attitude towards Virgil and Statius in the Fifteenth Century
10. Memories from the Subsoil: Discovering Antiquities in Fifteenth-Century Naples
11. City Branding and the Antique: Naples in Early Modern City Guides
12. Ex dirutis marmoribus: The Theatins and the Columns of the Temple of the Dioscuri in Naples
13. Reshaping the Past, Shaping the Present: De Jorio and Naples' Classical Heritage
14. 'No Retreat, Even When Broken': Classical Architecture in the Presepe Napoletano
15. Neapolis and the Future of Naples' Museums
16. Parthenope on the Metro: or, Links with the Past, on the Journey into the Future


Jessica Hughes is a Lecturer in Classical Studies at The Open University.; Claudio Buongiovanni is a Research Fellow in Latin Language and Literature in the Department of Humanities at the University of Naples Federico II.