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Re-imagining the PastAntiquity and Modern Greek Culture$
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Dimitris Tziovas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199672752

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672752.001.0001

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Decolonizing Antiquity, Heritage Politics, and Performing the Past

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Re-imagining the Past

Dimitris Tziovas

Oxford University Press

The Introduction outlines the aims of the volume and maps out transitions, debates, and new directions in the reception of antiquity in Greece over the last few decades, thus providing the background against which the chapters in the book should be read. A series of partly overlapping transitions currently taking place in the area of modern Greek classical reception studies are identified, involving shifts from continuity to diversity, elite to popular receptions, texts to performances, traces to uses, and eternal glory to critical history. The range of the volume is also highlighted. Covering a period stretching from the twelfth century ce to the present day, it looks at a variety of cultural practices and aspires to offer new perspectives in re-imagining the past and rethinking the role of antiquity in shaping modern Greek culture and its institutions.

Keywords:   Greek antiquity, reception studies, Acropolis, cultural continuity, modern Greek literature, heritage, past, heterotopia

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