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By Johann Chapoutot,Richard R. Nybakken

a lot has been written concerning the stipulations that made attainable Hitler's upward thrust and the Nazi takeover of Germany, but if we inform the tale of the nationwide Socialist occasion, should still we now not additionally converse of Julius Caesar and Pericles? Greeks, Romans, Germans argues that to completely comprehend the racist, violent finish of the Nazi regime, we needs to research its appropriation of the heroes and classes of the traditional international. whilst Hitler instructed the assembled lots that they have been a individuals with no earlier, he intended they'd no earlier following their humiliation in international battle I of which to be proud. The Nazis' consistent use of classical antiquity—in authentic speeches, movie, country structure, the click, and state-sponsored festivities—conferred on them the status and historical past of Greece and Rome that the trendy German humans so desperately wanted. even as, the teachings of antiquity served as a caution: Greece and Rome fell simply because they have been incapable of defending the purity in their blood opposed to blending and infiltration. To regain their rightful position on this planet, the Nazis needed to make all-out conflict on Germany's enemies, inside of and without.

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