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The Mythologic Void

The Mythologic Void


Essays and comments on History, Philology, Anthropology and others

Alexis Politis

Polis Publishers, 2000
220 p.
ISBN 960-8132-19-3, ISBN-13 978-960-8132-19-1, [In Print]
Price € 11,97

"In his book Against Mythopoeia Alexis Polites maintains that during the whole of the 19th and 20th centuries, we have observed the conscious or unconscious transformation of modern Greek historical facts into national myths – myths such as the alleged (according to the writer) national and social actions of the Greek revolutionary guerrillas ("Klephts and Armatoli"); the fantastic operation of the illegal underground Greek schools ("Kryfa Scholia") during the dark years of the Turkish occupation; the dramatic conflict between farmers and the Greek state at Kileler in 1910; the identification of a non-reconciled national enemy of Greece in the face of Falmereyer. Although modern historiography has tried to disclose the reality behind these myths with perseverance, the writer observes that, surprisingly, they continue their course undisturbed, remaining firmly rooted in the national consciousness. To what is their incomprehensible endurance due? And why, despite the fact that historiography has disproved the pragmatic data, have the myths not yet been eradicated or at least shaken?"

Elizabeth Kotzia, Kathimerini newspaper

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