Shades of Cato and Brutus: Classical References in the Révolutions de Paris and the Rise of Republicanism, June-October 1791
Bachelor of Arts
Leonard V. Smith
French Revolution, King's flight to Varennes, Antiquity, Classicism, Press history, Republicanism, France, 18th century
Historians have long assumed that French Revolutionaries invoked Antiquity as a model to imitate. Two major rival schools, the "Marxist" and the "Revisionist", base their interpretation of the Revolution in part on this assumption, but few have investigated it. This study examines the significance of classical references made by one journal, the Révolutions de Paris, in the aftermath of the king's flight and concludes that in this case, revolutionaries did not invoke Antiquity to imitate it, but to give legitimacy to the burgeoning republican movement.
Levin, Suzanne Michelle, "Shades of Cato and Brutus: Classical References in the Révolutions de Paris and the Rise of Republicanism, June-October 1791" (2012). Honors Papers. 364.