Imagining Mount Athos : Visions of a Holy Place, from Homer to World War II Hardback
Most writing on Athos has focused on its Byzantine history and sacred heritage.
Imagining Mount Athos uncovers a set of alternative and largely unexplored perspectives, equally important in the mapping and dissemination of Athos in popular imagination.
The author considers Mount Athos as the site of pre-Christian myths of Renaissance and Enlightenment scholarship, of shelter for Allied refugees during the Second World War, and of a botanical and sociological laboratory for early-twentieth-century scientists.
Each chapter considers a different narrative channel through which Athos has entered Orthodox and western European imagination: the mythical, the utopian, the sacred, the scholarly, the geopolitical, and the scientific.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 328 pages, 58 black and white illustrations
- Publisher: University of Virginia Press
- Publication Date: 30/03/2011
- Category: Christian Churches & denominations
- ISBN: 9780813930855
- Paperback / softback from £23.95