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Re-Imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture

ISBN : 9780199672752

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Author: 
Dimitris Tziovas
Pages
448 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
147 x 223 mm
Pub date
Jun 2014
Series
Classical Presences
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Antiquity has often been perceived as the source of Greece's modern achievements, as well as its frustrations, with the continuity between ancient and modern Greek culture and the legacy of classical Greece in Europe dominating and shaping current perceptions of the classical past. By moving beyond the dominant perspectives on the Greek past, this edited volume shifts attention to the ways this past has been constructed, performed, (ab)used, Hellenized, canonized, and ultimately decolonized and re-imagined. For the contributors, re-imagining the past is an opportunity to critically examine and engage imaginatively with various approaches. Chapters explore both the role of antiquity in texts and established cultural practices and its popular, material and everyday uses, charting the transition in the study of the reception of antiquity in modern Greek culture from an emphasis on the continuity of the past to the recognition of its diversity. Incorporating a number of chapters which adopt a comparative perspective, the volume re-imagines Greek antiquity and invites the reader to look at the different uses and articulations of the past both in and outside Greece, ranging from literature to education, and from politics to photography.

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1. Introduction: decolonizing antiquity, heritage politics and performing the past
PART I: ANTIQUITY, GREECE, AND EUROPE
2. Collecting the past: Greek antiquaries and archaeological knowledge in the Venetian Empire
3. Re-imagining Greek antiquity in 1821: Shelley's Hellas in its literary and political context
4. A syncretic antiquity in translation: polis and political modernity in conflict in nineteenth-century Greek Antigones
PART II: HELLENISMS, INSTITUTIONS, AND POLITICS
5. Antique names and self-identification: Hellenes, Graikoi and Romaioi from late Byzantium to the Greek nation-state
6. The Christian Hellenism and linguistic archaism of Neofytos Doukas
7. The University of Athens and Greek antiquity (1837-1937)
8. Antiquity as cold war propaganda: the political uses of the classical past in post-civil war Greece
PART III: MATERIAL CULTURE AND PERFORMANCE
9. Dead archaeologists, buried gods: archaeology as an agent of modernity in Greece
10. In the spirit of matter: re-connecting to antiquity in the Greek present
11. Postcards from Metaxas' Greece: the uses of classical antiquity in tourism photography
12. Between texts and contexts: moderns against ancients in the reception of ancient tragedy in Greece (1900-1933)
PART IV: LITERARY RECEPTIONS OF ANTIQUITY
13. Sin and the City: a mid-fifteenth-century lament for the fall of Athens to the 'Persians'
14. Lucretian moments in modern Greek poetry
15. Rethinking the Greek Legacy: Dorians in modern Greek fiction
16. Yannis Ritsos, Marxist dialectics and the re-imagining of Ancient Greece
17. The wound of history: Ritsos and the reception of Philoctetes
18. Plato, Seferis and Heaney: poetry as redress
PART V: GREEK CULTURE AND CLASSICAL RECEPTION
19. Exceptionalities and paradigms: ancient and modern Greek culture in classical reception research
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About the author: 

Dimitris Tziovas is Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham

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