In the Footsteps of the Gods: Travelers to Greece and the Quest for the Hellenic Ideal

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The classical world has for centuries influenced and inspired the west — its poetry and literature, art, architecture — but what provoked the move from the west’s love-affair with classical Rome and its manifestation in the Renaissance, to its focus on the Hellenic world? The decisive shift in focus and taste from Rome to Greece in the eighteenth century began in the 17th century, when a succession of travellers — mainly from France and England — journeyed to Greece and what is now Turkey and ...

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Overview

The classical world has for centuries influenced and inspired the west — its poetry and literature, art, architecture — but what provoked the move from the west’s love-affair with classical Rome and its manifestation in the Renaissance, to its focus on the Hellenic world? The decisive shift in focus and taste from Rome to Greece in the eighteenth century began in the 17th century, when a succession of travellers — mainly from France and England — journeyed to Greece and what is now Turkey and rediscovered the Hellenic world. In the Footsteps of the Gods traces the ways in which the constantly changing ideal image of ancient Greece, its art and culture, inspired those who travelled there. With lively accounts of their adventurous journeys and vivid descriptions of what they saw, discovered, collected and published about the remains of ancient Greece, it reveals the extraordinary effects that these travellers’ account had on the poets and scholars of the west, who in turn were influential in creating the idea and ideal of Greece, which became such a powerful force in the arts and politics of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. At the heart of the book is, in the words of Richard Stoneman, "a poet’s vision of Greece." 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848855458
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,439,876
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Constantine was for thirty years a university teacher of German language and literature. He has published several volumes of poetry, most recently Nine Fathom Deep in 2009; also a novel, Davies (1985), and three collections of short stories, the latest being The Shieling (2009). He is a translator and editor of Hölderlin, Goethe and Brecht. His translation of Goethe’s Faust, Part I was published by Penguin in 2005: Part II in April 2009. With his wife Helen he edits Modern Poetry in Translation.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements ix

Map x-xi

Chronology of Travellers xii

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

1 The 1670s. Spon and Wheler 7

2 Chishull and Tournefort 34

3 Robert Wood 66

4 Heyne and Winckelmann 85

5 Winckelmann and Greece 104

6 Winckelmann and Riedesel 128

7 Pierre Augustin Guys 147

8 The Insurrection of 1770 168

9 Richard Chandler's Expedition 188

Conclusion 210

Appendix: Homer's Tomb 215

Notes 219

Bibliography of Works Used 230

Index 235

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