Byzantium and the Modern Greek Identity

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Perhaps because of the fact that modern Greece is, through the Orthodox Church, inextricably linked with the Byzantine heritage, the precise meaning of this heritage, in its various aspects, has hitherto been surprisingly little discussed by scholars.

This collection of specially commissioned essays aims to present an overview of some of the different, and often conflicting, tendencies manifested by modern Greek attitudes to Byzantium since the late eighteenth-century ...

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Overview

Perhaps because of the fact that modern Greece is, through the Orthodox Church, inextricably linked with the Byzantine heritage, the precise meaning of this heritage, in its various aspects, has hitherto been surprisingly little discussed by scholars.

This collection of specially commissioned essays aims to present an overview of some of the different, and often conflicting, tendencies manifested by modern Greek attitudes to Byzantium since the late eighteenth-century Enlightenment. The aim Is to show just how formative views of Byzantium have been for modern Greek life and letters: for historiography and imaginative literature, on the one hand, and on the other, for language, law, and the definition of a culture.

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Specially commissioned for the collection, 14 essays take up a subject that until recently seemed to be too obvious for scholars to pay attention to. They explore the varied and often conflicting tendencies in Greek attitudes toward the Byzantine strata of their history, as manifested from the late 17th to the late 19th centuries in historiography and imaginative literature, language, law, and the definition of a culture. Some contributors include the Greek original, but all translate quotations and excerpts. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860786139
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Series: Centre for Hellenic Studies Series
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Editors' preface
1 From Christian Roman emperors to the glorious Greek ancestors 1
2 Aspects of modern Greek historiography of Byzantium 15
3 On the intellectual content of Greek nationalism: Paparrigopoulos, Byzantium and the Great Idea 25
4 Byzantine law as practice and as history in the nineteenth century 35
5 Byzantium and the Greek Language Question in the nineteenth century 49
6 Metamorphoseon permulti libri: Byzantine literature translated into modern Greek 63
7 'As Byzantine then as it is today': Pope Joan and Roidis's Greece 75
8 Papadiamantis, ecumenism and the theft of Byzantium 91
9 Two cheers for Byzantium: equivocal attitudes in the poetry of Palamas and Cavafy 105
10 Byzantium and the novel in the twentieth century: from Penelope Delta to Maro Douka 119
11 'Our glorious Byzantinism': Papatzonis, Seferis, and the rehabilitation of Byzantium in postwar Greek poetry 131
12 Byzantium in contemporary Greece: the Neo-Orthodox current of ideas 141
13 The restoration of Thessaloniki's Byzantine monuments and their place in the modern city 155
14 'Thessaloniki and Life' 169
Index 181
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