Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media

The Modern Cultural Myth of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Authors: Theodore, Jonathan

  • Investigates the 'myth' of the decline and fall of Rome in British and American culture
    Analyses how writers, filmmakers and the media conceptualise this narrative and draw parallels to contemporary world
    Argues the 'rise and fall' is a myth representing fears of the instability of civilisations then and now

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This book investigates the ‘decline and fall’ of Rome as perceived and imagined in aspects of British and American culture and thought from the late nineteenth through the early twenty-first centuries. It explores the ways in which writers, filmmakers and the media have conceptualized this process and the parallels they have drawn, deliberately or unconsciously, to their contemporary world. Jonathan Theodore argues that the decline and fall of Rome is no straightforward historical fact, but a ‘myth’ in terms coined by Claude Lévi-Strauss, meaning not a ‘falsehood’ but a complex social and ideological construct. Instead, it represents the fears of European and American thinkers as they confront the perceived instability and pitfalls of the civilization to which they belonged. The material gathered in this book illustrates the value of this idea as a spatiotemporal concept, rather than a historical event – a narrative with its own unique moral purpose. 

About the authors

Jonathan Theodore studied at the University of Oxford and King’s College London, UK and has been a tutor in early European history at the latter. His first book, Cyprus and the Financial Crisis, was published by Palgrave in 2015.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Theodore, Jonathan

    Pages 1-19

  • Historiography, Myth and Visual Culture

    Theodore, Jonathan

    Pages 21-82

  • The Fall of Rome and Ideas of Decline

    Theodore, Jonathan

    Pages 83-111

  • Roman Decline and the West in the Modern Age

    Theodore, Jonathan

    Pages 113-150

  • Decadence, Imperialism, and Decline from the Late Twentieth Century

    Theodore, Jonathan

    Pages 151-194

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Hardcover $99.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Modern Cultural Myth of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56997-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56997-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56996-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 228
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