Memory, History and the Classical Tradition
Title: Memory, History and the Classical Tradition
Author: WHITLING, Frederick
Publisher: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Citation: European Review of History-Revue Européenne d'histoire, 2009, 16, 2, 235-253
Memory' is often confused and mistaken for myth; this is in turn connected with the widespread use of mistaking collective mythology and common myth for the idea of a 'collective memory'. This essay discusses memory and history terminology in the context of the generic concept 'classical tradition'. The case study explored here - the nineteenth-century Walhalla 'temple' near Regensburg in Southern Germany - is an attempt to discuss the classical tradition, focusing on archaeology and architecture rather than philology), within the parameters of the memory and history debate in contemporary historiography. The essay aims to develop the position of the iconic and symbolic importance of antiquity and the classical tradition in the memory and history debate as well as in historical writing. The concluding remarks emphasise the necessity of historicising tradition and its genealogies, conceptualised here as a tradition of legacies.
Subject: memory and history; classical tradition and classical reception
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