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Classical Caledonia: Roman History and Myth in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

Alan Montgomery

Abstract

Classical Caledonia explores eighteenth-century attitudes towards Scotland’s ancient history and heritage, looking in particular at how Roman Scotland was interpreted at this time. It discusses the research of early modern antiquarians and historians both north and south of the border and looks at how Scotland’s ancient past was often misinterpreted and manipulated in attempts to create a new national identity for a country undergoing rapid and dramatic change. The book uncovers the political, patriotic and intellectual influences which fuelled the heated eighteenth-century debates surrounding ... More

Keywords: Roman Scotland, Roman Empire, antiquarianism, national identity, historiography, Scottish Enlightenment, Romanticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474445641
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445641.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Montgomery, author