Chapter 6. Allusion and Appropriation

The Rhetorical Uses of Antiquity

  1. Neville Morley

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305111.ch6

Antiquity and Modernity

Antiquity and Modernity

How to Cite

Morley, N. (2008) Allusion and Appropriation, in Antiquity and Modernity, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305111.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 AUG 2008

Book Series:

  1. Classical Receptions

Book Series Editors:

  1. Maria Wyke

Series Editor Information

  1. University College London, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405131391

Online ISBN: 9781444305111



  • allusion and appropriation - rhetorical uses of antiquity;
  • history of disputes over use and abuse of antiquity;
  • allusion and appropriation;
  • Marx and Nietzsche, in support of radically different political agendas - the vocabulary of “abuse” and “misappropriation”;
  • screen best suited to perform task of estrangement for sake of education - world and language of the ancients;
  • allusions and arguments;
  • Marx's choice of approach - seeks to analyze nature and origins of exchange value;
  • Marx's “the Thucydides of political economy”;
  • slavery, ancient and modern and past and present;
  • rhetorical effect - first to undermine contrast between ancient and modern


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Allusions and Arguments

  • Slavery, Ancient and Modern

  • Past and Present

  • Notes