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Phiroze Vasunia

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203239.001.0001

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Greater Rome and Greater Britain

Greater Rome and Greater Britain

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(p.118) (p.119) 3 Greater Rome and Greater Britain
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The Classics and Colonial India
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Phiroze Vasunia

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203239.003.0004

Comparisons between the Roman Empire and the British Empire were popular in the nineteenth century. Among the major assessments are those by James Bryce, Lord Cromer, and Sir Charles Lucas, but many other writers also attempted to make the comparison. The chapter asks who made these comparisons and why, and it explores the socio-political contexts of these comparisons. The chapter also explores what writers in India (e.g. Gandhi, Nehru) made of the comparisons between the Roman and British Empires.

Keywords:   roman empire, british empire, india, james bryce, lord cromer, c. p. lucas, gandhi, nehru

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