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The Classics and Colonial India

Phiroze Vasunia

Published in print May 2013 | ISBN: 9780199203239
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746598 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203239.001.0001

Series: Classical Presences

The Classics and Colonial India

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Greeks and Romans, Indians and Britons, all come together in the exploration of a fascinating and under-explored phenomenon. Written by a leading authority in the subject, this book provides a lively and detailed discussion of the relationship between classical antiquity and the British colonial presence in India. It examines some of the great figures of the colonial period such as Gandhi and Nehru and Macaulay and Gladstone; it makes accessible hard-to-find texts and archival material; and it covers a range of different disciplines as it sweeps from the eighteenth century to the end of the British Raj in the twentieth. The book shows how classical culture pervaded the thoughts and minds of the British colonizers; it also shines a bright light on many Indian receptions of Greco-Roman antiquity and analyses how Indians turned to ancient Greece and Rome during the colonial period for a variety of purposes, including anti-colonialism, nationalism, and collaboration. Among the ancient and modern figures studied are Alexander the Great, Homer, Virgil, William Jones, Benjamin Jowett, John Seeley, Charles Dilke, Henry Derozio, and Michael Madhusudan Dutt. Offering a new kind of cross-cultural study, this book will be of interest to literary scholars and historians of the classical world, the British Empire, and South Asia.

Keywords: classical antiquity; india; british empire; british raj; gandhi; nehru; macaulay; jowett; seeley; william jones; henry derozio; michael madhusudan dutt

Book.  416 pages. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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Introduction in The Classics and Colonial India

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Dreams of Alexander in The Classics and Colonial India

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Sikandar and the History of India in The Classics and Colonial India

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Greater Rome and Greater Britain in The Classics and Colonial India

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Homer and Virgil in The Classics and Colonial India

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Epilogue: Gandhi, Nehru, Socrates in The Classics and Colonial India

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