Perhaps because of the fact that modern Greece is, through the Orthodox Church, inextricably linked with the Byzantine heritage, the precise meaning of this heritage, in its various aspects, has hitherto been surprisingly little discussed by scholars. This collection of specially commissioned essays aims to present an overview of some of the different, and often conflicting, tendencies manifested by modern Greek attitudes to Byzantium since the late eighteenth-century Enlightenment. The aim is to show just how formative views of Byzantium have been for modern Greek life and letters: for historiography and imaginative literature, on the one hand, and on the other, for language, law, and the definition of a culture. All Greek has been translated, and the volume is aimed at Byzantinists and Neohellenists alike.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; From Christian Roman emperors to the glorious Greek ancestors, Alexis Politis; Aspects of modern Greek historiography of Byzantium, George Huxley; On the intellectual content of Greek nationalism: Paparrigopoulos, Byzantium and the Great Idea, Paschalis M. Kitromilides; Byzantine law as practice and as history in the 19th century, Caroula Argyriadis-Kervégan; Byzantium and the Greek Language Question in the 19th century, Peter Mackridge; Metamorphoseon permulti libri: Byzantine literature translated into modern Greek, Panagiotis A. Agapitos; ’As Byzantine then as it is today’: Pope Joan and RoÃ¯dis’s Greece, Ruth Macrides; Papadiamantis, ecumenism and the theft of Byzantium, Robert Shannan Peckham; Two cheers for Byzantium: equivocal attitudes in the poetry of Palamas and Cavafy, Anthony Hirst; Byzantium and the novel tradition in the twentieth century: from Penelope Delta to Maro Douka, Marianna Spanaki; ’Our glorious Byzantinism’: Papatzonis, Seferis, and the rehabilitation of Byzantium in post war Greek poetry, Roderick Beaton; Byzantium in contemporary Greece: the Neo-Orthodox current of ideas,Vasilios N. Makrides; The restoration of Thessaloniki’s Byzantine monuments and their place in the modern city, Eftychia Kourkoutidou-NikolaÃ¯dou; ’Thessaloniki and life’, (from Mother Thessaloniki , 1970), Nikos Gavriil Pentzikis, translated byLeo Marshall ; Index.
'admirably edited... every talk has been reworked into a true article', The Times Literary Supplement '...this collection, carefully edited by RIcks and Magdalino, presents important contributions that will interest the historian and the literary scholar, as well as Hellenists, Byzantinists, historians of modern Greece, and social historians. It is a positive contribution to the study of modern Greece.' Speculum 'The present volume will be useful to students of the classical tradition who wish to acquaint themselves with the various versions of Hellenism and find out how those competed with one another during the last two hundred years in the process of shaping the Modern Greek Identity.' International Journal of the Classical Tradition