Legacies of Ancient Greece in Contemporary Perspectives

Thomas M. F. Gerry (Ed.)

by Velvet Yates (University of Florida), Helen Vatsikopoulos (University of Technology Sydney), Ioannis Andronoglou , Alexander Nagel (State University of New York), Steve Edwards , Cynthia Alexander (Acadia University), Hélène Jeannin (Orange Labs, Department of Human and Social Sciences, Châtillon, France), Sahar Siavashi (University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada), William Ramp (University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada), Gabrielle Moyer (Stanford University), Ioannis Kostopoulos , Stamatia Chaniadaki

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'Legacies of Ancient Greece in Contemporary Perspectives' provides readers with opportunities to reconnect with the origins of thought in an astonishingly wide variety of areas: politics, economics, art, spirituality, gender relations, medicine, literature, philosophy, music, and so on. As the chapters in the book show, Classical Greek thought still informs much of contemporary culture.

There are countless books and articles that deal with ancient Greece historically, and a similar number that focus on Greece as a contemporary travel destination. There is both a lot of interest in Greece as a place now, and in Greece’s history and culture, which formed the early origins of much of Western civilisation. The distinctive attraction of 'Legacies of Ancient Greece in Contemporary Perspectives' is that it brings together, by means of fascinating examples, the two areas of interest: Greece’s past in relation to its, and our, present.

In addition to the general interest factor, the book suggests questions for re-examination: the individual chapters provide abundant original research on their subjects, and in most cases offer critiques on the assumptions about, and the interpretations of, Greece’s ancient and contemporary cultural practices. These challenges themselves stimulate far-reaching thought and discussion, a feature highly attractive to readers (and students) wishing to develop a more in-depth understanding of the legacies of ancient Greece.

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List of Contributors

Editor’s Introduction
Thomas M. F. Gerry

Chapter 1
Bearing Witness: Becoming Greek in the Diaspora
Helen Vatsikopoulos
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Chapter 2
Transatlantic Hellas: Archiving Eastern Mediterranean Collections and Materials in the Smithsonian Institution
Alexander Nagel
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York; Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Chapter 3
The Greeks of Tarpon Springs in the Hollywood Imaginary
Velvet L. Yates
University of Florida

Chapter 4
Pedagogies and Possibilities of Crisis: Greek and Iranian Film
Sahar Siavashi
University of Lethbridge, Canada
William Ramp
University of Lethbridge, Canada

Chapter 5
Decolonizing the Boundaries of Belonging and Citizenship: Turning to Ancient Hellenic and Indigenous Cosmopolitanisms during the Climate Crisis
Cynthia J. Alexander
Acadia University, Canada

Chapter 6
Common Divine Healing Themes in Ancient Greek and Traditional Zulu Culture
Stephen Edwards
University of Zululand, South Africa

Chapter 7
Athens is Burning: A Tragedy in Three Acts
Gabrielle Moyer
Stanford University, U.S.A.

Chapter 8
The Inspirational Role of Greek Traditional Music in the Composition of Modern and Postmodern Guitar Repertoire
Ioannis Andronoglou
University of Western Macedonia, Greece

Chapter 9
The Legacy of Talos: From Antiquity until Now
Hélène Jeannin
Orange Innovation, France
Ioannis Kostopoulos
Independent Researcher


Dr. Gerry is Professor Emeritus of English Canadian Literature and is a member of the Third Age Barrie Board of Directors. He has an ongoing interest in text and image studies. Along with his Laurentian University colleagues Marianne Vardalos and Anas Karzai, he organized and hosted the June 2019 Symposium on the Greeks in Paros. Gerry has published widely on a variety of aspects of text/image interactions, including books on ‘Contemporary Canadian and U.S. Women of Letters’ (New York: Garland, 1993) and ‘The Emblems of James Reaney’ (Erin, Ontario: Porcupine’s Quill, 2013). He has edited two scholarly journals, as well as helping to translate and edit a book on Spanish painter and writer Mercedes Luanco. He is the author of more than twenty academic papers and numerous book reviews. For years, he has written extensively for the journal ‘Queen’s Quarterly’.

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Legacies of Ancient Greece in Contemporary Perspectives





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236mm x 160mm


44 B&W

Publication date

May 2022