Modern Europe

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This work package deals with the use of the classical world as itself an anchoring device for later periods, an archive and storehouse to find ideas and devices by which later times may anchor innovations, but which may also function as a site of creative inspiration, not simply conservation.

Greco-Roman antiquity has always been used (beginning in antiquity itself!) as a reference point to stabilize authority, but it has also provoked a continuous re-reading or re-formulation of traditional idea(l)s, which helped to anchor innovative stimuli in a well-known setting. This work package focuses on the role of antiquity in modern Europe, in popular culture; and in its relationship to education and political activism.