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

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-09-06
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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.

Author Biography

Yannis Hamilakis is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

Table of Contents

Memories cast in marble: introduction
The `soldiers' the `priests'. and the `hospitals for contagious diseases': the producers of archaeological matter-realities
From the Western to indigenous Hellenism: archaeology, antiquity, and the invention of modern Greece
The archaeologist as shaman the sensory national archaeology of Manolis Andronikos
Spartan visions: antiquity and the Metaxas dictatorship
The other Parthenon: antiquity and national memory at the concentration camp
Nostalgia for the whole: the Parthenon (or `Elgin') marbles
The nation in ruins?
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