By Vangelis Calotychos
The wonderful, classical legacy of Greece is universally respected. yet this legacy has come at a value. How will Greece ever flow past its ties with the prior? Is there the sort of factor as sleek Greece? This e-book is the 1st to offer another cultural historical past of Greece. starting with the expansion of Greece as a countryside via to the current, it indicates how smooth Greece has lengthy been undervalued and ignored. From the compositional technique of the 1st nationwide Poet to the 1st feminist textual content, the 1st sustained Marxist treatise of Greek society to the Athens subway approach, this groundbreaking ebook brings jointly a desirable mixture of literary texts, maps and points of fabric tradition to discover the id of recent Greece. In contemplating those wealthy cultural landmarks, Calotychos argues new dating with the prior has to be cast if Greek literature, tradition and society are to be actually a part of the current and meet the demanding situations of modernity.Modern Greece: A Cultural Poetics fills a tremendous hole. Its fresh strategy offers an unique perception into the standard, lived adventure of Greece. The fascinating variety of case experiences, the ancient intensity, and the engagement with cultural and literary concept can be of serious worth to literature scholars, cultural theorists, anthropologists, philologists and historians alike
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31 In fact, Rhigas’s map borrows heavily from Barbié de Bocage’s maps, which accompanied Barthélemy’s work in its third edition. Barthélemy’s narrative, a labor of love that took him thirty years, follows a Scythian resident of Athens named Anacharsis as he travels through the provinces of Alexander the Great’s time. A travel narrative copiously footnoted from classical authors and divers texts, it presents a readable account of festivals, modes of government, the arts, and details of everyday life.
The entity ‘Greece,’ as represented in this map, is a palimpsest of what was, loosely defined, as ‘Greek,’ a ‘wider Greece,’ if not necessarily Greece at a definite point in time. It is also an architectural plan for what will be Greece. 10 The map, with its inclusion of territories as far north as the Danube and as far east as Asia Minor (but not Cyprus), is primarily an imaginary projection that precedes, and seeks the engendering of, such a territory. So which ‘Greece’ is represented here? The frontispiece announces that it is ‘Greece’ with its ‘many settlements, to the east by Bithynia .
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Modern Greece: A Cultural Poetics by Vangelis Calotychos