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Hamilakis, Yannis

The Nation and its Ruins : Antiquity, Archaeology, and National Imagination in Greece

Hamilakis, Yannis - The Nation and its Ruins : Antiquity, Archaeology, and National Imagination in Greece, ebook

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An innovative, extensively illustrated study examining how classical antiquities and archaeology contributed to the production of the modern Greek nation and its national imagination, and how, in return, national imagination has created and shaped classical antiquities and archaeological practice from the nineteenth century to the present. - ;This innovative, extensively illustrated study examines how classical antiquities and archaeology contributed significantly to the production of the modern Greek nation and its national imagination. It also shows how, in return, national imagination has created and shaped classical antiquities and archaeological practice from the nineteenth century to the present. Yannis Hamilakis covers a diverse range of topics, including the role of antiquities in the foundation of the Greek
state in the nineteenth century, the Elgin marbles controversy, the role of archaeology under dictatorial regimes, the use of antiquities in the detention camps of the Greek civil war, and the discovery of the so-called tomb of Philip of Macedonia. - ;This book is to be welcome for the solid grounding it provides in facts that tend to be either ignored or taken for granted alike by professional archaeologists, by popularizers, and by the millions who visit archaeological sites in Greece each year...Hamilakis sets out to reintegrate the two components of his book's title, The Nation and its Ruins , and he succeeds impressively. - R. Beaton, Times Literary Supplement;an excellent contribution... thoretically informed [and]... a great read. - Adeleine Hummer, Antiquity;...theoretically informed, yet clearly written; it is an important contribution. - David Sutton, Professor of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University;... intellectually engaging, captivating in its dexterous use of narrative, and skillfully mines ethnohistoric texts. - Jack L. Davis, Carl W. Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology, Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati;We have been waiting for a book like this for years. - Alain Schnapp, Professor of Greek Archaeology at the Sorbonne;a remarkable contribution to a growing body of work. - Michael Llewellyn Smith, The Anglo-Hellenic Review;... a wonderful book...Hamilakis is known, not only within archaeology, for this radically inter-disciplinary work. - D. Papanikolaou, Ta Nea;...an in-depth enquiry into the role which material remains play in constructing a certain imagery of the past in Greece...By focusing on the materiality of ruins themselves, Hamilakis adds an important dimension to our understanding of the sources of nationalist identities. - L. Vournelis, South European Society and Politics;The first serious study of the cultural role of archaeology in Greek society - D. Plantzos, Syghrona Themata

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Author(s)
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication year
2007
Language
en
Edition
1
Category
History
Format
Ebook
eISBN (PDF)
9780191528125

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