Publication

Landscapes of War in Greek and Roman Literature

Reitz-Joosse, B. (ed.), Makins, M. (ed.) & Mackie, C. (ed.), 2020, (Accepted/In press) Bloomsbury Academic.

Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

Landscape can spark armed conflict, dictate its progress and condition the affective experience of its participants; at the same time, warfare changes landscapes, both physically and in the way in which they are later perceived and experienced. Landscapes of War in Greek and Roman Literature breaks new ground in exploring Greco-Roman literary responses to this complex interrelationship. Drawing on current ideas in cognitive theory, memory studies, ecocriticism and other fields, its individual chapters engage with such questions as: How did the Greeks and Romans represent the effects of war on the natural world? What distinctions did they see between spaces of war and other landscapes? How did they encode different experiences of war in literary representations of landscape? How was memory tied to landscape in wartime or its aftermath? And in what ways did ancient war landscapes shape modern experiences and representations of war?
In this volume, literary scholars and ancient historians investigate the creation, manipulation and representation of ancient war landscapes in literature. In four sections, contributors explore combatants’ perception and experience of war landscapes, the relationship between war and the natural world, symbolic and actual forms of territorial control in a military context, and war landscapes as spaces of memory. Several contributions focus especially on modern intersections of war, landscape and the classical past.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
ISBN (Electronic)9781350157927
ISBN (Print)9781350157903
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

ID: 96518263