Varieties of Hellenism

Four recent books approach Hellenism from very different angles to discuss ways in which Greek identity and its past are constructed.

Trophies of Victory (2016) by Leslie Shear is a monograph that deploys scholarship to examine Hellenism as victory (of the ancient Greeks).

The Parthenon Bomber ([1996] 2017) by Christos Chrissopoulos is a novella that deploys literature to examine Hellenism as burden (of the modern Greeks).

The Classical Debt (2017) by Johanna Hanink is an essay that deploys critique to examine Hellenism as debt (of the West).

Liquid Antiquity (2017), co-edited by Brooke Holmes & Karen Marta, is a platform that deploys curatorship to examine Hellenism as flow (of scholarship).

These four perspectives complement my own in The Rise of Eurocentrism: Anatomy of Interpretation (1993) where I analyze the role of the Hebraism/Hellenism dialectic in the self-understanding of modernity.

June 25, 2017

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