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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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The University of Athens and Greek Antiquity (1837–1937)

The University of Athens and Greek Antiquity (1837–1937)

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Re-imagining the Past

Vangelis Karamanolakis

Oxford University Press

The University of Athens played a decisive role in forming the modern Greek conception of Greek antiquity and the way it was perceived by the general public. This chapter attempts to explore the multi-faceted dominance of antiquity within the university by contrast with the two other significant periods of the Greek ancestral narrative (Byzantine and modern). In particular, it focuses on two important factors relating to the Greek sense of national identity: the formation of a national history and the Greek language question. Seen as an integral part of the 3,000-year continuum of the Greek nation, the very notion of Greek antiquity was expanded chronologically in the university curriculum and subjected to various methodological approaches in the interests of promoting the aspirations of the nation through the shaping of the Humanities in Greece.

Keywords:   University of Athens, Greek antiquity, education, national history, Greek language question, Konstantinos Paparrigopoulos

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