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I Want to Revive Athens

David Roessel

in In Byron's Shadow

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195143867
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871872 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143867.003.0002
I Want to Revive Athens

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In early 1770, a small expeditionary force from Russia landed in the southern Peloponnesus to aid local Greeks in a rebellion against Ottoman rule. The revolt of 1770 appears in history, when it appears at all, as a footnote to the Russo-Turkish Wars of 1768-1774 or the more important Greek rebellion of 1821. This chapter argues that 1770 marked a watershed in how Western Europeans perceived modern Greeks. The revolt was the emergence of philhellenism as a significant literary movement, and the year 1770 continued to echo in European writing for decades.

Keywords: Greece; rebellion of 1821; southern Peloponnesus; Russo-Turkish Wars; philhellenism; 1770

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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