Hellenisms : culture, identity and ethnicity from antiquity to modernity


Hellenisms : culture, identity and ethnicity from antiquity to modernity

edited by Katerina Zacharia

Ashgate, c2008

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Includes bibliographical references and index



This volume casts a fresh look at the multifaceted expressions of diachronic Hellenisms. A distinguished group of historians, classicists, anthropologists, ethnographers, cultural studies, and comparative literature scholars contribute essays exploring the variegated mantles of Greek ethnicity, and the legacy of Greek culture for the ancient and modern Greeks in the homeland and the diaspora, as well as for the ancient Romans and the modern Europeans. Given the scarcity of books on diachronic Hellenism in the English-speaking world, the publication of this volume represents nothing less than a breakthrough. The book provides a valuable forum to reflect on Hellenism, and is certain to generate further academic interest in the topic. The specific contribution of this volume lies in the fact that it problematizes the fluidity of Hellenism and offers a much-needed public dialogue between disparate viewpoints, in the process making a case for the existence and viability of such a polyphony. The chapters in this volume offer a reorientation of the study of Hellenism away from a binary perception to approaches giving priority to fluidity, hybridity, and multi-vocality. The volume also deals with issues of recycling tradition, cultural category, and perceptions of ethnicity. Topics explored range from European Philhellenism to Hellenic Hellenism, from the Athens 2004 Olympics to Greek cinema, from a psychoanalytical engagement with anthropological material to a subtle ethnographic analysis of Greek-American women's material culture. The readership envisaged is both academic and non-specialist; with this aim in mind, all quotations from ancient and modern sources in foreign languages have been translated into English.


  • Contents: Preface
  • Introduction, Katerina Zacharia
  • Part I Hellenic Culture and Identity from Antiquity to Byzantium: Herodotus' 4 markers of Greek identity, Katerina Zacharia
  • Greek identity in the archaic and classical periods, Simon Hornblower
  • Greek identity in the Hellenistic period, Stanley Burstein
  • Graecia capta: the confrontation between Greek and Roman identity, Ronald Mellor
  • Hellenic identity, Romanitas and Christianity in Byzantium, Claudia Rapp. Part II Cultural Legacies: Travelling Hellenisms: Mediterranean Antiquity, European Legacies and Modern Greece: Philhellenism, cosmopolitanism, nationalism, Glenn Most
  • Philhellenic promises and Hellenic visions: Korais and the discourses of the enlightenment, Olga Augustinos
  • Hellenism and the making of modern Greece: time language, space, Antonis Liakos
  • The quest for Hellenism: religion, nationalism and collective identities in Greece, 1453-1913, Dimitris Livanios. Part III Ethnic Identity: Places, Contexts, Movement. Facets of Hellenism: Hellas, Europe, Modern Greece, Diaspora: Dreams of treasure: temporality, historicization, and the unconscious, Charles Stewart
  • Cultural difference as national identity in modern Greece, Peter Mackridge
  • 'Reel' Hellenisms: perceptions of Greece in Greek cinema, Katerina Zacharia
  • Against cultural loss: immigration, life history, and the enduring 'vernacular', Yiorgos Anagnostou
  • Greek-American identity: what women's handwork tells us, Artemis Leontis
  • Bibliography
  • Select glossary
  • Index.

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