By K. S. Brown, Yannis Hamilakis
During this quantity, K.S. Brown and Yannis Hamilakis compile students of heritage, archaeology, and anthropology to discover the positioned and contextual nature of ancient narratives. The participants learn contested old rituals, development types, and traditions-looking throughout the exact lens of twentieth-century Greek identity-paying specific realization to the methods those social phenomena and cultural artifacts happen rigidity among 'official' and 'unofficial' narratives of the previous. even though involved in the altering old foundation of Greek tradition and identification, this paintings additional serves as an incredible theoretical contemplation of ways our view of the prior is formed via our courting with the current.
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4 (1996): 836-60. Ruprecht, Louis A. Afterwords: Hellenism, Modernism, and the Myth of Decadence. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996.
In every case the chapters deal with the issue of alternative views of the past, whether posed by scholars critical of a state’s practice, victims disputing the historical record, or idealists seeking to transcend entrenched antagonisms. They are organized into three parts, in each of which the alternative view under examination represents a specific form of political intervention. Projects: The Nation and Its Fragments Many accounts of the construction of Greek national identity construct a picture of a monolithic, imposing, and overarching political and ideological structure (the nation-state) which dominates the lives, bodies, and minds of its citizens.
What especially distinguishes the book is awareness of the human dilemmas and contingencies that underlie ethnocentrism and its associated problems. The reader is left with the realization that close empirical research is not only compatible with compassion, but stands at the heart of the humanistic project. ” The goal was to bring together scholars of history, archaeology, and anthropology working in many different countries, to discuss how insights and approaches might be shared. This volume is one product of that conference, but it also includes other invited contributions from colleagues who were not present at the time.