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Byzantium and the Modern Greek Identity
     

Byzantium and the Modern Greek Identity

by David Ricks, Paul Magdalino
 

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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

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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 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. All Greek has been translated, and the volume is aimed at Byzantinists and Neohellenists alike.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860786139
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/1998
Series:
Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 22.00(d)

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