The Nation and Its Ruins: Antiquity, Archaeology, and National Imagination in Greece

The Nation and Its Ruins: Antiquity, Archaeology, and National Imagination in Greece

Paperback Classical Presences

By (author) Yannis Hamilakis

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 218mm x 18mm | 517g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199572909
  • ISBN 13: 9780199572908
  • Illustrations note: 51 in-text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 859,739

Product description

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.

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Author information

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

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adds a distinctive new voice and vision Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Table of contents

1. Memories cast in marble: introduction ; 2. The 'soldiers' the 'priests'. and the 'hospitals for contagious diseases': the producers of archaeological matter-realities ; 3. From the Western to indigenous Hellenism: archaeology, antiquity, and the invention of modern Greece ; 4. The archaeologist as shaman the sensory national archaeology of Manolis Andronikos ; 5. Spartan visions: antiquity and the Metaxas dictatorship ; 6. The other Parthenon: antiquity and national memory at the concentration camp ; 7. Nostalgia for the whole: the Parthenon (or 'Elgin') marbles ; 8. The nation in ruins? Conclusions