The Lure of Greece
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The Lure of Greece
Irish involvement in Greek culture, literature, history and politics
Authors: John Victor Luce, Christine Morris & Christina Souyouzoglu-Haywood
Published: May 2008
Pages: 186   (hardback)
Weight: 567g
Price: €29.00
ISBN: 978-0-9528236-6-7
Philhellenism in Ireland had political and military, as well as academic, archaeological and even dilettante characteristics from the eighteenth century onwards. For example, Sir Richard Church, from Cork, argued for the independence of Greece at the Congress of Vienna in 1814-5, and was later Commander-in-Chief of the Greek army in the War of Independence in 1827 against the Turks.

Like Irish Philhellenism, the papers in this volume are very wide-ranging, extending from museums to Marxism, and containing well-documented accounts of personalities as diverse as Sir Richard Church, Henry Browne, William Bedell Stanford and Oscar Wilde. The extensive bibliographies appended to each chapter constitute a valuable, and indeed essential, resource for further research into the many and varied facets of Irish Philhellenism.

This book is the first to examine this multifaceted yet intimate and interesting relationship between Greece and Ireland as well as being the first major publication of the Irish Institute for Hellenic Studies at Athens. Its twelve chapters derive from papers delivered by participants in a Conference organised by the Institute, and held in the National University of Ireland, Galway, in September 2003.
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