by Katerina Apokatanidis
cover picture: Temple of Dionysos, Yria, Naxos, Wikipedia
As any survivor of an ancient ‘civilization’ knows, colonialist views on the meaning and interpretation of that ‘civilization’ are still very much alive. European and settler colonies-based scholars (termed Western throughout this post) in the Humanities have often ignored the continuity of a cultural heritage that stretches back to ancient times. Numerous instances from my limited experience in the field come to mind when I think about the Eurocentrism and colonial entanglements within the academic discipline known as Classics.
The most recent of these consisted of having to sit through a talk, which, at the end, compared modern, nation-state geopolitics in Greece with a line from an ancient Greek writer, and found the former lacking compared to the ancient example. The talk was organised by the University of Toronto’s Archaeology Centre. As way of conclusion, the speaker chose to…
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