America's Rome: Catholic and contemporary Rome
"This remarkable book examines the impact of Rome on American artists and writers from the earliest days of the new republic to the present. In volume I: Classical Rome Vance shows, for example, how the Forum and the Colosseum inspired American thoughts of ideal republics and how the Pantheon presented a pagan challenge to American ideas of divinity, beauty, and sexuality. In volume II: Catholic and Contemporary Rome, Vance begins by examining the three foremost Roman Catholic symbols: the bambino, the madonna, and the pope. In the section on contemporary Rome, he addresses American attitudes toward Rome's earliest attempts at democratization, toward its aristocratic social structures, and toward the political changes that occurred after World War II"--Publisher's website, viewed August 23, 2018.
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