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Über die Geburt der Antike aus dem Geist der Moderne

Harth, Dietrich

In: International journal of the classical tradition; IJCT ; the official journal of the International Society for the Classical Tradition, 1 (1994), Nr. 1. pp. 89-106. ISSN 1073-0508

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To recall the shaping of “antiquity” as a leading symbolic concept of European culture seems to be justified by the actual debate about the fault lines between modernity and postmodernity and emerging cultural fundamentalisms. In 17th century France the “Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes” fostered not only the consciousness of historical distance between now and then but brought forth the image of an enhanced antiquity, a “new Rome”. The resulting hegemony of the “esprit classique” in central Europe provoked the opposition of intellectuals in 18th century Germany searching for national cultural identity. In the dramatic course of this search for self-constitution Greek antiquity was elaborated as a symbolic token (“reine Griechheit”) for a cultural pattern that was deemed to overthrow and even transcend universally the impact of French culture. The construction of antiquity as a cognitive image (Denkbild) with aesthetic features can be considered as a response to the question if the antagonistic structure of modern life could be overcome by a utopian idea restricted, however, to a relativistic, i.e. national concept of classical studies.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International journal of the classical tradition; IJCT ; the official journal of the International Society for the Classical Tradition
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Publisher: Springer
Place of Publication: Dordrecht
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2015 07:35
Date: 1994
ISSN: 1073-0508
Page Range: pp. 89-106
Faculties / Institutes: Neuphilologische Fakultät > Germanistisches Seminar
Subjects: 800 Literature and rhetoric
930 History of ancient world
Schriftenreihe ID: Works by Dietrich Harth
Additional Information: Nach einem Vortrag gehalten auf der 2. Tagung der International Society for the Classical Tradition, Tübingen, 13.–16. August 1992.
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