The Lure of Greece: the IIHSA is pleased to announce the publication of the proceedings of its conference in Galway in 2003.

John Victor Luce, Christine Morris, Christina Souyoudzoglou-Haywood, eds. 2007. The Lure of Greece. Irish Involvement in Greek Culture, Literature, History and Politics. Dublin: Hinds. ISBN 987-0-952836-6-7

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lure of greece publication

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.


Sir Richard Church and the Irish Philhellenes in the Greek War of Independence
Patrick Comerford
Rev. Basil Zula and the Thermopylae Garden at Kilwarlin, Co. Down
Jo Day
K. T. Frost and the Archaeological Museum at The Queen’s University of Belfast
William M. Dunlop
Aeschylus, the Blaskets and Marxism: interconnecting influences on the writings of George Thomson
Peter Gathercole
A Gentle Luxury: Collectors and collecting in eighteenth and ninetheenth century Ireland
Aideen M. Ireland
Robert Wood And Homer
John V. Luce
Drawings of Rome and Tivoli in 1750 by Giovanni Battista Borra
Michael Mccarthy
How to become Higher Commander of the Order of the Phoenix: the academic career of W. B. Stanford, Philhellene
Brian McGing
An Ardent Lover of Cretan Freedom: J. D. Bourchier, 1850-1920
Christine Morris
Oscar Wilde and Greece
Patrick Sammon
Two Dublin Classicists: Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) and Henry Browne (1853-1941)
Andrew Smith
Henry Browne, Greek Archaeology and ‘The Museum Of Ancient History’, University College Dublin
Christina Souyoudzoglou-Haywood

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