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Elephants and Citizens

Andrew Bell

in Spectacular Power in the Greek and Roman City

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199242344
eISBN:
9780191714092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242344.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter considers the importation of megalomaniacal majesty into the Roman Republic. Over time, kingly conceit became more conspicuous in Rome, and particularly at times of communal festivity. ... More


The Varieties of the Millennial Experience

Richard Landes

in Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199753598
eISBN:
9780199897445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753598.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter goes into the psychology of apocalyptic believers, the megalomanic (and often paranoid) belief that they are at the center of a cosmic drama, and explores why, despite so many ... More


Bipolar Millennialism: Taiping (The Great Peace, 1850–1864)

Richard Landes

in Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199753598
eISBN:
9780199897445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753598.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter treats the career of Hong Xiuquan, a brilliant peasant boy who failed four tries to pass the imperial exams, and almost died of shame at the failure, during which time he received a ... More


Introduction

Douglas Keesey

in Brian De Palma's Split-Screen: A Life in Film

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781628466973
eISBN:
9781628467024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628466973.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter takes on Brian De Palma's signature split-screen as the basis of discussion, with the intention of focusing on De Palma as a man divided. The split-screen is used here as a ... More


The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

Douglas Keesey

in Brian De Palma's Split-Screen: A Life in Film

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781628466973
eISBN:
9781628467024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628466973.003.0021
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), the most high-profile disaster in De Palma's career. The film recounts the fall of Wall Street bond broker Sherman McCoy (Tom Hanks). Pulling ... More


Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions

Frank Holt

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238817
eISBN:
9780520938786
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238817.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

To all those who witnessed his extraordinary conquests, from Albania to India, Alexander the Great appeared invincible. How Alexander himself promoted this appearance—how he abetted the belief that ... More


The Man Who Thought He Was Napoleon

Laure Murat

in The Man Who Thought He Was Napoleon: Toward a Political History of Madness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226025735
eISBN:
9780226025872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226025872.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

On December 1840, Paris celebrated the arrival of Napoleon’s remains with a grandiose ceremony known as the “return of the ashes.” In the following weeks, the director of the Bicêtre asylum ... More


The Apocalyptic Other: On Paranoia and Violence

Charles B. Strozier

in The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred-Year Retrospective on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814748923
eISBN:
9780814748930
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814748923.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores from a psychological perspective the links between paranoia and the apocalyptic and how and why that relates to violence. Rooted in a therapeutic practice that involved close ... More


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