Event Title

Classical References in the Révolutions de Paris and the Rise of Republicanism, June-September 1791

Presenter Information

Suzanne Levin

Location

Science Center, A255

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-27-2012 1:30 PM

End Date

4-27-2012 2:30 PM

Abstract

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 periodical, 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.

Notes

Session I, Panel 4: History in Fragments: Icons, Ornamentation, and Imitation in Western Europe
Moderator: Erik Inglis, Associate Professor of Art History

Link to full text thesis at OhioLINK ETD Center:
http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=oberlin1338322217

Major

French; History

Advisor(s)

Matthew Senior, French
Ellen Wurzel, History

Project Mentor(s)

Leonard Smith, History

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Classical References in the Révolutions de Paris and the Rise of Republicanism, June-September 1791

Science Center, A255

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 periodical, 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.