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The Nation and its Ruins

Antiquity, Archaeology, and National Imagination in Greece

The Nation and its Ruins by Yannis Hamilakis
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An innovative, extensively illustrated study examining how classical antiquities and archaeology contributed to the production of the modern Greek nation and its national imagination, and how, in return, national imagination has created and shaped classical antiquities and archaeological practice from the nineteenth century to the present. - ;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. - ;compelling - Konstantinos Chilidis, European Journal of Archeology 2007, 10:2-3;he Nation and its Ruins deserves our close attention - Konstantinos Chilidis, European Journal of Archeology 2007, 10:2-3;This book is to be welcome for the solid grounding it provides in facts that tend to be either ignored or taken for granted alike by professional archaeologists, by popularizers, and by the millions who visit archaeological sites in Greece each year...Hamilakis sets out to reintegrate the two components of his book's title, The Nation and its Ruins , and he succeeds impressively. - R. Beaton, Times Literary Supplement;an excellent contribution... thoretically informed [and]... a great read. - Madeleine Hummer, Antiquity;...theoretically informed, yet clearly written; it is an important contribution. - David Sutton, Professor of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University;... intellectually engaging, captivating in its dexterous use of narrative, and skillfully mines ethnohistoric texts. - Jack L. Davis, Carl W. Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology, Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati;We have been waiting for a book like this for years. - Alain Schnapp, Professor of Greek Archaeology at the Sorbonne;a remarkable contribution to a growing body of work. - Michael Llewellyn Smith, The Anglo-Hellenic Review;... a wonderful book...Hamilakis is known, not only within archaeology, for his radically inter-disciplinary work. - D. Papanikolaou, Ta Nea; in-depth enquiry into the role which material remains play in constructing a certain imagery of the past in Greece...By focusing on the materiality of ruins themselves, Hamilakis adds an important dimension to our understanding of the sources of nationalist identities. - L. Vournelis, South European Society and Politics;The first serious study of the cultural role of archaeology in Greek society - D. Plantzos, Syghrona Themata;A stimulating book...This volume will be essential reading for anyone interested in the modern use of the past in Greece. - M. Diaz-Andreu, Nations and Nationalism;Hamilakis raises a series of important and interesting issues...It is certainly the first time this subject has been analysed in book length and from the perspective of such an updated theoretical framework. - A. Sakellariadi, Public Archaeology;The Nation and its Ruins is an absorbing attempt to provide a window on the contemporary Greek soul via a study of the place of its spectacular cultural heritage in the nation's collective sense of identity. The judges' views on this fascinating study provided an interesting conspectus of attitudes to the political and cultural use of archaeological remains, and a nation's sense of responsibility of its past material culture. We resolved to shortlist it as an important contribution

to that debate and its history in the context of the spotlight shed on it by such recent events as the Athens Olympics and the ripples they spread. We shall continue to take it seriously as a mood statement of its time. - Professor E. Moignard, Chair of the panel of judges of the 2008 Runciman Award, The Anglo-Hellenic Review;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 well beyond regional specialisations..." - M. Herzfeld, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute;One cannot help but be positive about a book that provides such persuasive arguments...[it] has a flowing text that skillfully combines academic research with informal sources...The Nation and its Ruins deserves our close attention not only because it is a broad and in-depth study of the role of material culture in Greek society through time, but also it might trigger further studies... - K. Chilidis, European Journal of Archaeology;There is no doubt that The Nation and Its Ruins will become essential reading for all interested in the deeper sociopolitical dimensions of the history of archaeology...Hamilakis has produced the most perceptive and penetrating analysis to date of the modern social context of Greek archaeology and has provided an invaluable model for those who seek to embark on similar research in other regions of the world. - Neil Silberman, American Anthropologist;Hamilakis is one of the few scholars studying the reception of ancient Greece using a real diversity of material remains... Combining ethnographic and sociological data with primary documentary and visual culture, he covers a rare diachronic range of receiving societiesmainly within Greece, where the remains have an especially strong resonance... These extremely important and novel angles of research are now combined in a highly readable and important book... - Saro Wallace, Classical Review

Oxford University Press, UK; August 2007
375 pages; ISBN 9780191528125
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