Athens in Jerusalem

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Author  Yaacov Shavit
Publisher  Littman Library Of Jewish Civilization
Publication Date   September 9, 1999
ISBN  1874774366
Pages  576

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From the 18th Century on, Jews seeking to aquire a modern identify began to take a new interest in classical antiquity and Hellenistic civilization as a key to the secular Jewish culture they sought to develop. It was of course not the 'real' classical Greece to which they aspired but rather its idealized image as perceived through contemporary eyes, but this image became an important element in the search for a new Jewish self-awareness. For the modernizing Jew, "Greek" became a metaphor for the secular culture of modern Europe in its various forms.

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