Liberating Hellenism from the Ottoman Empire Comte de Marcellus and the Last of the Classics

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Liberating Hellenism from the Ottoman Empireexplores two key historical episodes that have generally escaped the notice of modern Greece, the Near East, and their observers alike. In the midst of the highly charged context of West-East confrontation and with fundamental cultural and political issues at stake, these episodes prove to be exciting and important platforms from which to reexamine the age-old conflict. This book reaches beyond the standard sources to dig into the archives for important events that have fallen through the cracks of the study of emerging modern Greece and the Ottoman Empire. These events, in which French travel writing, literary fiction, antiquarianism, and nineteenth-century western and eastern geopolitics merge, invite us to redraw the outlines of mutually dependent Hellenism and Orientalism.

Author Biography

Gonda Van Steen is the A. N. Cassas Chair in Greek Studies at the University of Florida. She is the author of Venom in Verse: Aristophanes in Modern Greece, which was awarded the John D. Criticos Prize from the London Hellenic Society. She has written many articles and chapters on Greek drama, both in antiquity and in its modern performance histories and receptions. She is currently completing a book on drama productions staged by the political prisoners of the Greek Civil War.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Note on Translations, Text Editions, and Transliterationsp. xi
Map of Greece and the Ottoman Empire in 1801p. xii
Introduction: Enter the Intrepid Travelerp. 1
The Venus de Milo: The Abduction from the Imbroglio and Tales of Turkish Nightsp. 17
Rehearsing Revolution: Aeschylus's Persians on the Eve of the Greek War of Independencep. 67
Remaking Persian War Heroesp. 109
Epiloguep. 147
Notesp. 175
Referencesp. 217
Indexp. 239
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