By Christine M. Kreyling, Wesley Paine, Charles W. Warterfield, Susan Ford Wiltshire
At the get together of Tennessee's Bicentennial, 4 distinct authors supply new insights and a broader appreciation of the classical affects that experience formed the architectural, cultural, and academic heritage of its capital urban. Nashville has been many stuff: frontier city, Civil battle battleground, New South mecca, and tune urban, U.S.A. it really is headquarters for a number of spiritual denominations, and likewise the house of a few of the biggest coverage, healthcare, and publishing issues within the nation. positioned culturally in addition to geographically among North and South, East and West, Nashville is headquartered in an online of often-competing contradictions. One binding snapshot of civic id, in spite of the fact that, has been constant via all of Nashville's historical past: the classical Greek and Roman beliefs of schooling, artwork, and group participation that early on ended in the city's sobriquet, "Athens of the West," and at last, with the settling of the territory past the Mississippi River, the "Athens of the South." Illustrated with approximately 100 archival and modern photos, Classical Nashville indicates how Nashville earned that appellation via its adoption of classical metaphors in different parts: its academic and literary historical past, from the 1st academies throughout the institution of the Fugitive move at Vanderbilt; the classicism of the city's public structure, together with its Capitol and legislative constructions; the evolution of neoclassicism in houses and personal structures; and the historical past and present nation of the Parthenon, the final word image of classical Nashville, replete with the awe-inspiring 42-foot statue of Athena via sculptor Alan LeQuire.Perhaps Nashville writer John Egerton most sensible captures the essence of this contemporary urban with its sturdy roots some time past. He locations Nashville "somewhere among the 'Athens of the West' and 'Music urban, U.S.A.,' among the dirt of a railroad city and the glitz of Opryland, among Robert Penn Warren and Robert Altman." Nashville's classical identifications have regularly been forward-looking, instead of antiquarian: formidable, democratic, entrepreneurial, and culturally substantial. Classical Nashville celebrates the continuation of classical beliefs in present-day Nashville, beliefs that serve no longer as monuments to a misplaced previous, yet as resources of strength, creativity, and mind's eye for the way forward for a urban.
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As president of Texas, he compared the men who died at the Alamo with Leonidas and his Spartans at Thermopylae. "8 During a brief visit to Nashville from Indian country in 1831, where he had gone after his abrupt resignation as governor of Tennessee, he commissioned a painting of himself as Marius, the Roman consul who many times came back from defeats he had suffered (fig. 1). Sam Houston's passion for the classics in a frontier setting characterized many settlers in Tennessee from the time of their earliest arrival.
The will of Montgomery Bell, who died in that same year, left $20,000 to the University of Nashville for scholarships for underprivileged boys. After the war, Lindsley took the money left by Bell, by then $60,000, and opened Montgomery Bell Academy in 1867. In 1875 with the help of the Peabody Education Fund, Lindsley turned the University of Nashville into an institution for the training of teachers. After 1889 it was renamed Peabody Normal College and in 1905 became known as the George Peabody College for Teachers.
30 "It was the opinion of the administrators of these schools," Wheeler concludes, "that a command of the classical languages and literature helped one understand one's own language and disciplined one's mind. "31 Page 17 The Nashville Institute was organized in the late 1860s by the American Baptist Home Mission Society for the education of African-Americans. It was rechartered in 1883 as Roger Williams University to honor the great leader of civil and religious liberty, Roger Williams ''the best Baptist" Eventually it was situated on Hillsboro Turnpike, two miles from the city limits of Nashville, on the site where Peabody College of Vanderbilt University stands today.