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The empire never ended

Chapter


Abstract


  • This chapter analyses the use of the Roman empire as a metaphor or analogy for global sovereignty, and compares the ways in which imperial sovereignty was conceptualised in Latin literature with modern global formulations. It discusses how modes of historicisation of the Roman empire have made it synonymous with history itself, and develops an analogy with the trans-temporal force of modern telecommunications technology, against which all resistance might be equally impossible. Since ‘empire’ connects political sovereignty, cultural continuity, and information technology, this chapter explains how this connection has begun to be thought about in the work of Jacques Derrida.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Willis, I. (2007). The empire never ended. In L. Hardwick & C. Gillespie (Eds.), Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds (pp. 329-348). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780199296101

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84919741130

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/415

Book Title


  • Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds

Start Page


  • 329

End Page


  • 348

Place Of Publication


  • Oxford

Abstract


  • This chapter analyses the use of the Roman empire as a metaphor or analogy for global sovereignty, and compares the ways in which imperial sovereignty was conceptualised in Latin literature with modern global formulations. It discusses how modes of historicisation of the Roman empire have made it synonymous with history itself, and develops an analogy with the trans-temporal force of modern telecommunications technology, against which all resistance might be equally impossible. Since ‘empire’ connects political sovereignty, cultural continuity, and information technology, this chapter explains how this connection has begun to be thought about in the work of Jacques Derrida.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Willis, I. (2007). The empire never ended. In L. Hardwick & C. Gillespie (Eds.), Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds (pp. 329-348). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780199296101

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84919741130

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/415

Book Title


  • Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds

Start Page


  • 329

End Page


  • 348

Place Of Publication


  • Oxford