The Archaeology of Nostalgia: How the Greeks Re-created their Mythical Past

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The Greeks were obsessed with their past; it infused every aspects of their culture. In this interesting and insightful book, John Boardman explores 'How the Greeks re-created their mythical past' in a physical, artistic and literary sense and how they drew on this nostalgia to comment on contemporary behaviour. He discusses how finds of massive fossil bones, strange natural features and eerie places, along with stories from other cultures, plus a bit of imagination, were combined to form the essence of Greek myth. 'By the end of this book the reader may be persuaded that a major source for Greek myth was also the result of the Greeks' imaginative response to the natural world around them and to the artefacts of their predecessors'.

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Sir John Boardman, Lincoln Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology and Art at Oxford University, is a world authority on the arts of ancient Greece.

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Anyone who's visited Paul Bunyan's birthplace or seen a "George Washington Slept Here" plaque will feel a pang of recognition at this engaging survey of the material basis of Greek mythology in the Classical era. According to Boardman, an authority on Greek art and archaeology, the Greeks saw little distinction between myth and history. They drew on their natural surroundings, the visible remnants of faded civilizations and artistic representations borrowed from abroad to provide tangible confirmation of existing "myth-histories" and inspire new ones. To them, fossils were the remains of giants and sea-monsters, an anthropomorphic out-cropping became the petrified body of a weeping maiden, and Mycenaean ruins marked the citadels of Homeric kings; meanwhile, the flourishing of Greek art made depictions of mythical narratives a ubiquitous backdrop to everyday life. The Greeks had few hang-ups about authenticity or attribution; antique weapons and "bric-a-brac" were assumed to be relics of the local demi-god or hero, and any respectable town could boast a house where a mythical personage had lived. A cottage industry grew up to supply copies and forgeries to memorabilia-poor areas and facilitated an extensive tourist economy in Roman times. As a result, "the pious Greek was well aware that he walked and lived in a physical world that had been shared by heroes, nymphs and gods." Combining scholarly erudition, an accessible style, and crisp black-and-white photos of Greek art and architecture, Boardman brings this great cultural effort to life. 183 illustrations
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Description du livre Thames & Hudson Ltd. Hardback. État : new. BRAND NEW, The Archaeology of Nostalgia: How the Greeks Re-created Their Mythical Past, John Boardman, This volume explores how the Greeks created and re-created their past in physical terms in both objects and images: those that are recoverable, those that are mentioned in texts, or those that may be imagined. It offers insights into the making of myth and the exceptional imagination of a people building the first modern civilization out of the relics of the past. The ancient Greeks drew upon their phyical environment not just to illustrate the past but also in many ways to invent: massive fossil bones were the remains of giants; strange rocks were petrified heroines; Bronze Age walls and tombs were the work of titans; and artefacts from the past became Achille's spear, Helen's necklace and Hercules' cup. The Greeks could point to where Poseidon struck the Acropolis with his trident, to Athena's olive tree, to Odysseus' cave in Ithaca. They worked out what Oeidipus' Sphinx looked like, and found Memnon crying to his mother Dawn in an Egyptian statue. It all enhanced their sense of Greekness and history, and it attracted the Roman tourist too: Julius Caesar was warned to tread carefully in the long grass at Troy lest he step on Hector's ghost. N° de réf. du libraire B9780500051153

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