Antiquity as cold war propaganda: the political uses of the classical past in post-civil war Greece

Alexander Kazamias

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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. [book abstract, no separate abstract for this book chapter is currently available]
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRe-imagining the past antiquity and modern Greek culture
    EditorsD. Tziovas
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Print)9780199672752
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    • ancient history
    • Greece
    • politics


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