The Conservative Romantics

Peter Green

in The Shadow of the Parthenon

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255074
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934719 | DOI:
The Conservative Romantics

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This chapter explores Prof. N.G.L. Hammond' the History of Greece, first published just over a decade ago and since purged of some of its wilder flights of fancy in its second edition. It observes that, paradoxically, despite his up-to-date knowledge—including his familiarity with the language and topography of modern Greece in peace and war—Professor Hammond remains a kind of High Tory Hellenist, and his work a good deal more reactionary in tone than the third edition of Bury. The chapter notes that the first thing that is bound to strike the reader is Hammond's scale of values, as demonstrated quantitatively in the space which he allots to various topics; the second is the overall planning by chapters. It observes that Hammond, like Bury and his predecessors, tucks away such matters as art, religion, philosophy, and literature in rather perfunctory chapters on their own—a habit which still exercises its lure on the historian of antiquity, despite persistent criticism over many years.

Keywords: Prof. N.G.L. Hammond; History of Greece; High Tory Hellenist; Bury; historian; antiquity

Chapter.  10356 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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