White nationalists and American Neo-Nazis want the rest of us to see them as legitimate social and political movements, rather than as the violent hate-groups and conspiracy theorists that they are. By refusing to condemn the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA in August 2017, President Donald Trump helped those groups move toward that goal. But among the most peculiar aspects of this desire to become mainstream is the way these groups have appropriated the history of Greece and Rome as part of their genealogy. This month classicist Denise McCoskey unpacks the relationship between the classical world and the world of white supremacy.

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