The notion of Europe – which now tends to be identified with the European Union – is the distillation of a long quest that began in the Renaissance with the discovery of the unique contribution of the ancient Greeks. In order to shape modern Europe, Western thinkers and leaders sought cultural and political foundations in Greek antiquity.
Historian Nasia Giakovaki examines in detail the various stages in the shaping of European self-awareness. Focusing on the peregrinations of educated travellers in Greek lands through the centuries, she presents the emergence of Athens as an exceptional source of inspiration for modern Europe.
Giakovaki raises key issues relating to the processes involved in the definition
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