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Greeks, Romans, Germans: How the Nazis Usurped Europe's Classical Past

Johann Chapoutot


Much has been written about the conditions that made possible Hitler's rise and the Nazi takeover of Germany, but when we tell the story of the National Socialist Party, should we not also speak of Julius Caesar and Pericles? This book argues that to fully understand the racist, violent end of the Nazi regime, we must examine its appropriation of the heroes and lessons of the ancient world. When Hitler told the assembled masses that they were a people with no past, he meant that they had no past following their humiliation in World War I of which to be proud. The Nazis' constant use of classic ... More

Keywords: Hitler, Nazi regime, Germany, National Socialist Party, Greeks, Romans, classical antiquity, World War I, heritage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520275720
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520275720.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johann Chapoutot, author
Maison de la Recherche de la Sorbonne