Athens in Jerusalem: Classical Antiquity and Hellenism in the Making of the Modern Secular Jewby Yaacov Shavit
From the 18th Century on, Jews seeking to aquire a modern identify began to take a new interest in classical antiquity and Hellenistic civilization as a key tot he secular Jewish culture they sought to develop. It was of course not the real classical Greece to which they aspired but rather its idealized image as perceived through contemporary eyes, but this image became an important element in the search for a new Jewish self-awareness. For the modernizing Jew, Greek became a metaphor for the secular culture of modern Europe in its various forms.
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