By Michæl Dietler
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31 His design for the state capitol in Virginia was based directly on the Maison Carrée, a well-preserved Roman temple in Nîmes (a building, in the lower Rhône basin of France, that is a material manifestation of the colonial encounter treated in this book; see fig. 2). 33 It instituted a system that was a radical departure from previous practice but that, once again, harkened back to ancient Rome. In the square-grid uniformity of its design, it imposed a highly regularized abstract system of territorial division on the landscape over vast regions in a manner that, not accidentally, resembled the ancient Roman practice of cadastration by which the landscape of colonized territories was restructured.
Finally, having earlier voiced at some length my concerns with analytical vocabulary, why do I feel it appropriate to include the case of ancient Mediterranean France under the rubric of colonialism? Do the forms of interaction that we find, for instance, in the early phases of this encounter, represented by Etruscan and Massalian trade with indigenous peoples and the foundation of a few diasporic settlements, necessarily imply the existence of asymmetrical relations of power that the term colonialism entails?
Century was quite different from the Romantic Hellenism of Winckelmann and Shelley. As Susan Marchand has noted for Germany, the earlier Grecophiles borrowed their ideals—self-cultivation, disinterested contemplation of the beautiful, good and true, admiration of the ancients—from aristocratic models; but the incorporation of nineteenth-century philhellenism into the founding of Prussia’s new research universities, secondary schools, museums, and art academies after 1810 universalized these values and in effect imposed them on generations of middle-class Germans.