Hellenisms: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity from Antiquity by Katerina Zacharia

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By Katerina Zacharia

The quantity casts a clean examine the multifaceted expressions of diachronic Hellenisms. A exclusive interdisciplinary workforce of historians, classicists, anthropologists, ethnographers, cultural reviews, and comparative literature students give a contribution unique essays exploring Greek ethnicity from 750 BCE to 2005CE. Given the shortage of books on diachronic Hellenism within the English-speaking global, the ebook of this quantity represents not anything below a step forward. The ebook presents a helpful discussion board to mirror on Hellenism, and is sure to generate additional educational curiosity within the subject. the categorical contribution of this quantity is composed within the indisputable fact that it units out to supply a much-needed public discussion among disparate voices, and explores various varied Hellenisms and within the procedure proves this very chance of 'polyphony'.Topics explored variety from eu Philhellenism to Hellenic Hellenism, from Athens 2004 Olympics to Greek movie, from a psychoanalytical engagement with anthropological fabric to a refined ethnographic research of Greek-American women's fabric tradition. The creation and the afterword constructively contextualize this interdisciplinary discussion on Hellenism, discover its capability for the reader, and map destiny examine instructions. The readership envisaged is either educational and non-specialist; with this goal in brain, all quotations from historic and smooth assets in international languages were translated into English.

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Given the importance of and emerging scholarly interest in this diaspora, which numbers approximately 7 million members, I decided to focus on Greek America in order to situate the transformation of Greek worlds in diaspora in a specific sociopolitical context. In this regard, two essays explore cultural change in Greek America through two distinct methodologies: Yiorgos Anagnostou offers an insightful analysis of Helen Papanikolas's chronicle of Greek America from a cultural studies perspective (Chapter 13), and Artemis Leontis offers a subtle presentation of the ethnographic material of Greek-American women's handmade textiles (Chapter 14).

3): This was an evocative name which recalls Melanthos, one of the old Ionian royal house of Athens (Hdt. 65). It has been argued by Alty and J. Hall that the Athenians were ashamed of being Ionians—Ionia was, as we have seen, synonymous for unmilitary softness (cf. Th. 3)—and that they, therefore, played down the Ionian element in their make-up. 23 But this view fails because it has to treat Euripides' Ion as exceptional and out of line: Athena at the end of the play in effect prophesies that Ion's sons will colonize Attica itself, after which his descendants will colonize the islands and the Asiatic mainland.

The Ionians, by contrast, claimed to be much older, and, as we shall see, the Athenians, the leading Ionian people, prided themselves on being actually autochthonous, sprung from the earth and always resident on that same earth. "Older" is not quite the same as "autochthonous", and one part of the Ionian myth was conveniently played down in Athenian contexts, namely the story that the original Ionian kings of Athens themselves came from Pylos in the Peloponnese. Famously, the alleged Dorian invasion is archaeologically invisible in that there is no change in burial patterns or pottery styles.

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