IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE GODS
Travellers to Greece and the Quest for the Hellenic Ideal

DAVID CONSTANTINE
264pp 8 ILLUS 2011 LIST PRICE: £11.99 (P) G358

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In the seventeenth century a succession of travellers journeyed to Greece and what is now Turkey and rediscovered the Hellenic world, decisively switching the focus and taste in the West from Rome to Greece. This book traces the ways in which the constantly changing ideal image of ancient Greece, its art, politics and culture, inspired those who travelled there. With lively accounts of their adventurous journeys and vivid descriptions of what they saw, discovered, collected and published about the remains of ancient Greece, it reveals the extraordinary effects that these travellers' accounts had on the poets and scholars of the West, who in turn were influential in creating the idea and ideal of Greece that became such a powerful force in the arts and politics of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.