The Nation and Its Ruins

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

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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.

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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 22mm | 480.81g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 51 in-text illustrations
  • 0199572909
  • 9780199572908
  • 897,908

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About Yannis Hamilakis

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

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