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AMERICAN ARCADIA: CAILIFORNIA AND THE CLASSICAL TRADITION. Peter J. Holliday. Oxford University Press, 2015. 432 pp. with 228 ills. (60 col.). ISBN 9780190256517 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: A vivid and engaging exploration of California's debt to the ancient worldDiscussing the influence of the classics on America is nothing new; indeed, classical antiquity could be considered second only to Christianity as a force in modeling America's national identity. What has never been explored until now is how, from the beginning, Californians in particular chose to visually and culturally craft their new world using the rhetoric of classical antiquity. Through a lively exploration of material culture, literature, and architecture, American Arcadia offers a tour through California's development as a Mediterranean haven from the late nineteenth century to the present. In its earliest days, California was touted as the last opportunity for alienated Yankees to establish the refined gentleman-farmer culture envisioned by Jefferson and build new cities free of the filth and corruption of those they left back East. Through architecture and landscape design Californians fashioned an Arcadian setting evocative of ancient Greece and Rome. Later, as Arcadia gave way to urban sprawl, entire city plans were drafted to conjure classical antiquity, self-styled villas dotted the hills, and utopian communities began to shape the state's social atmosphere.
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Worldwide Number: 169716
Hardcover $45.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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