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Susan A. Stephens and Phiroze Vasunia

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212989

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212989.001.0001

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Editing the Nation: Classical Scholarship in Greece, c.1930

Editing the Nation: Classical Scholarship in Greece, c.1930

(p.121) 6 Editing the Nation: Classical Scholarship in Greece, c.1930
Classics and National Cultures

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This chapter takes the example of the Greek classical philologist Ioannis Sykoutris (1901–37) to show the interplay between classical scholarship and national discourses. Sykoutris's controversial edition of Plato's Symposium (1934) invites reflection on how the role of the classical scholar, with implications for national education, is in turn inscribed in the scholarly presentation and interpretation of classical works. In Greece, nationalism was and is tied to classical antiquity in a particularly strong and complex way; even so, a detailed reading of Sykoutris's often programmatic philology, which is in dialogue with his extensive German training, exemplifies how strands of argument underlying different national classical discourses in the early twentieth century link philology, the individual, and the nation in similar and transnational ways.

Keywords:   Ioannis Sykoutris, Greece, philology, twentieth century, history of classical scholarship, Plato, symposium

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