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

Paperback | August 29, 2009

byYannis Hamilakis

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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 antiquitiesand 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 dictatorialregimes, 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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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 antiquitiesand archaeological practice from the ninete...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:August 29, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199572909

ISBN - 13:9780199572908

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Table of Contents

1. Memories cast in marble: introduction2. The `soldiers' the `priests'. and the `hospitals for contagious diseases': the producers of archaeological matter-realities3. From the Western to indigenous Hellenism: archaeology, antiquity, and the invention of modern Greece4. The archaeologist as shaman the sensory national archaeology of Manolis Andronikos5. Spartan visions: antiquity and the Metaxas dictatorship6. The other Parthenon: antiquity and national memory at the concentration camp7. Nostalgia for the whole: the Parthenon (or `Elgin') marbles8. The nation in ruins? Conclusions

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"The Nation and its Ruins adds a distinctive new voice and vision . . . Hamilakis adds a new challenge to simplistic separations of the modern from the pre-modern . . . [He] is an erudite and elegant writer [and his] magnificently crafted argument deserves . . . a readership extending wellbeyond regional specialisations." --M. Herzfeld, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute