- Tapa dura: 272 páginas
- Editor: Yale Univ Pr; Edición: New (1 de junio de 1993)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0300054882
- ISBN-13: 978-0300054880
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The Last Descendant of Aeneas: The Hapsburgs and the Mythic Image of the Emperor (Inglés) Tapa dura – jun 1993
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From antiquity to the eve of the modern era, rulers of Western empires inspired hero worship by proclaiming their divine origins. In this fascinating original study, Marie Tanner presents the history of the emperor's mythic image and its continuing influence on Western political thought. She shows that these pretensions to divinity were based on the Trojan legend and the myth of Rome as developed in Vergil's Aeneid and that later Christian emperors expanded these claims by tracing their lineage not only to the pagan gods but also to the priest-kings of the Old Testament. Through this amalgam of heritages each successive Holy Roman emperor proclaimed that he was the last descendant of Aeneas, destined to yield the terrestrial rule of Rome to Christ and thereby inaugurate millennial peace. By examining a wide range of literary, artistic, and historical sources plus a corpus of new illustrations, Tanner discovers remarkable chains of evidence for this process, one that culminates with the Renaissance Hapsburgs who imbued the holiest symbols of the faith with dynastic meaning as they attempted to consolidate all priestly and secular powers in their grip. On these foundations Philip II of Spain, son of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the first monarch to rule the four known continents, created a new concept of absolute monarchy that shaped the principles of modern statecraft and determined the dominant form of government in Europe for the next two centuries.
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Marie Tanner has taught at Rutgers University and at Queens College of the City University of New York, and is currently an independent scholar residing in New York City.
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became Aachen. Charles the Vth of Spain and his son Philip II also drew upon the legacy of Troy for their power. They also drew upon Old Testament references as well. Names became critical, with those of the Classical World and Old Testament providing additional nomenclature connections and imagery. Eventually, even the Swastika discovered in the ruinous depths of Troy by Heinrich Schliemann ultimately provided powerful ideological support for a united Germany as the Trojan locale enhanced and gave greater impetus to an ancient symbol (something not discussed by Tanner but paving the way for it. Indeed, in certain respects Adolf Hitler himself became the "last descendant of Aeneas" via association with Vergilian rhetoric.) Marie Tanner's book is a magisterial work, both a mine of information and a source for research as well as a most enjoyable and provocative read. The first two sentences of Her Epilogue are worth repeating here: "Legendary, historical, and prophetic traditions converged with ritual practices in the making of the Roman emperor's mythic image. Remodeled by a thousand alterations, the image's original and its final form are barely distinguishable, for its ultimate substance is reducible to the cult of the imperial gens." Hundreds of references and a 12 page bibliography serve as solid underpinning for this book. The interested reader is also encouraged to look into the books "Brutus of Troy" by Anthony Adolph and "The Reign of the Swastika" by L.M. Greenberg.