Hellenism and Its Discontents

Aaron P. Johnson

in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195336931
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Hellenism and Its Discontents

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This article examines the various cultural, ethnic, and religious identities which formed the discursive field in which Hellenicity was articulated. It indicates the continuity of certain trends and habits in the late antique use of the labels of Greek identity: Hellēn continued to identify an individual by perceived markers of religious, ethnic, cultural or regional differences; Hellēnismos remained exceptionally rare in pagan authors, but nonetheless bore more than a merely religious resonance; Hellēnizein maintained its sense of speaking Greek, but widened its range to incorporate notions of thinking like a Greek and performing polytheist ritual. All of these were persistently dynamic features of the fashioning and refashioning of one's self and one's world throughout Late Antiquity.

Keywords: Hellenicity; Greek identity; Late Antiquity; self; world

Article.  14317 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History

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