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The Last Descendant of Aeneas: The Hapsburgs and the Mythic Image of the Emperor
From antiquity to the eve of the modern era, rulers of Western empires inspired hero worship by proclaiming their divine origins. In this fascinating original study, Marie Tanner presents the history of the emperor's mythic image and its continuing influence on Western political thought. She shows that these pretensions to divinity were based on the Trojan legend and the m ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 23rd 1993 by Yale University Press
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