Fatal attraction. The classical past at the beginning of the French revolutionary republic (1792-93)


  • Daniele di Bartolomeo Università degli Studi di Teramo



Palabras clave:

French revolution, Constitution, National Convention, Uses of the past, Republicanism


The aim of this paper is to investigate the image of the ancient republics in the early months of the French Republic, with particular attention to the debate that precedes the adoption of the Constitution of the Year I (24 June 1793) and to the publications on historical themes discussed or signaled by the press in the summer of 1792. I intend to show how the history of the ancient republics has been not just a laboratory where shape or simulate the efficacy of new ideas and concepts, but also a practical guide for those who lived the shocking reality of the revolution.


Fecha de envío / Submission Date: 5/05/2015
Fecha de aceptación / Acceptance Date: 18/05/2015

Biografía del autor/a

Daniele di Bartolomeo, Università degli Studi di Teramo

PhD in "History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Constitutions" at the University of Macerata, has been Reserach Fellow of the FMSH at the EHESS of Marseille. He is author of several articles on the French Revolution and of a book entitled "Nelle vesti di Clio. The uso della storia nella politico Rivoluzione francese (1787-1799)", Viella, 2014. Currently he holds seminars of Methodology of historical research at the University of Teramo.