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

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-04
  • 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 dictorial 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

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of Figuresp. xvii
Note on Transliterationp. xxi
Memories Cast in Marble: Introductionp. 1
The 'Soldiers', the 'Priests', and the 'Hospitals for Contagious Diseases': the Producers of Archaeological Matter-realitiesp. 35
From Western to Indigenous Hellenism: Antiquity, Archaeology, and the Invention of Modern Greecep. 57
The Archaeologist as Shaman: the Sensory National Archaeology of Manolis Andronikosp. 125
Spartan Visions: Antiquity and the Metaxas Dictatorshipp. 169
The Other Parthenon: Antiquity and National Memory at the Concentration Campp. 205
Nostalgia for the Whole: the Parthenon (or Elgin) Marblesp. 243
The Nation in Ruins? Conclusionsp. 287
Referencesp. 303
Indexp. 339
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