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Byzantium and the Modern Greek Identity

1st Edition

By David Ricks, Paul Magdalino


200 pages

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Hardback: 9780860786139
pub: 1998-12-28
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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.


'admirably edited… every talk has been reworked into a true article', The Times Literary Supplement '…this collection, carefully edited by RIcks and Magdalino, presents important contributions that will interest the historian and the literary scholar, as well as Hellenists, Byzantinists, historians of modern Greece, and social historians. It is a positive contribution to the study of modern Greece.' Speculum 'The present volume will be useful to students of the classical tradition who wish to acquaint themselves with the various versions of Hellenism and find out how those competed with one another during the last two hundred years in the process of shaping the Modern Greek Identity.' International Journal of the Classical Tradition

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; From Christian Roman emperors to the glorious Greek ancestors, Alexis Politis; Aspects of modern Greek historiography of Byzantium, George Huxley; On the intellectual content of Greek nationalism: Paparrigopoulos, Byzantium and the Great Idea, Paschalis M. Kitromilides; Byzantine law as practice and as history in the 19th century, Caroula Argyriadis-Kervégan; Byzantium and the Greek Language Question in the 19th century, Peter Mackridge; Metamorphoseon permulti libri: Byzantine literature translated into modern Greek, Panagiotis A. Agapitos; ’As Byzantine then as it is today’: Pope Joan and Roïdis’s Greece, Ruth Macrides; Papadiamantis, ecumenism and the theft of Byzantium, Robert Shannan Peckham; Two cheers for Byzantium: equivocal attitudes in the poetry of Palamas and Cavafy, Anthony Hirst; Byzantium and the novel tradition in the twentieth century: from Penelope Delta to Maro Douka, Marianna Spanaki; ’Our glorious Byzantinism’: Papatzonis, Seferis, and the rehabilitation of Byzantium in post war Greek poetry, Roderick Beaton; Byzantium in contemporary Greece: the Neo-Orthodox current of ideas,Vasilios N. Makrides; The restoration of Thessaloniki’s Byzantine monuments and their place in the modern city, Eftychia Kourkoutidou-Nikolaïdou; ’Thessaloniki and life’, (from Mother Thessaloniki , 1970), Nikos Gavriil Pentzikis, translated byLeo Marshall ; Index.

About the Series

Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London

Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London

Initiated in 1993 as an extension of the activities of the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London, this series covers all aspects of Greek culture and civilization. The volumes published to date present a broad range of topics from ancient to modern, including the papers of several international symposia held at KCL. Titles deal with the history and image of Alexandria, the image of Socrates across the centuries, the early years of El Greco, the making of Modern Greece, Greek-Turkish relations in modern times, and the history of Greek photography. Volumes recently published or in preparation cover the reign of the 12th-century Byzantine emperor John II Komnenos, the politics behind Lord Byron’s intervention in the Greek Revolution in the 1820s and Greek art music since the early 19th century.

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HISTORY / General