The letters of the classical scholar Ernst Curtius: a voice from the past, and yet it resounds so vividly in our time, it appeals to us. The spontaneous messages from the early years of Athens as the capital of the Greek state, by a young man that opens himself to the world, are optimistic and invigorating. By accepting, experiencing and embracing the unfamiliar, Curtius discovered himself, and found in Greece his spiritual homeland, to which he dedicated his scientific work.

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    The letters of the classical scholar and archaeologist Ernst Curtius: texts particularly autobiographical in nature, spontaneous, youthful in tone, written during his four years long stay in Greece (1837-1840), between his 23th and 26th years: a voice from the past, and yet it resounds so vividly in our time, it appeals to us.

    His letters are not based on expediency, they do not trumpet dogmatic teachings, they do not endorse any ideology. On the contrary, they document his original experiences 

    and, above all, the venture of a person that dares to live and act outside his familiar surroundings, to confront and co-exist with the new and unfamiliar. The narrative of Ernst Curtius’ letters remain to this day a vigorous and timely source of inspiration.

    Through his letters we can follow his course towards self-knowledge, his character coming-of-age and the formation of his humanistic, hellenocentric view. We witness the creative years of the formation of a charismatic personality, the genesis of the future talented instigator of cultural initiatives, a path to intellectual completion that made Curtius an erudite advocate of ancient as well as of modern Greece, a human authority.

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    Weight 300 g
    Dimensions 17 × 24 cm
    Language

    Ελληνικά, Greek

    Pages 112
    Images 27
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    • PAPAGEORGIOU-VENETAS, ALEXANDROS

      Αrchitect-urban planner and historian of urban planning. Born in Athens in 1933. He graduated from the National Technical University of Athens (1956). Postgraduate training in Urban Planning in Paris. PhD in Engineering at the Charlottenburg Technical University of Berlin (1972). Professor of the History of Urban Planning at the "Raymond Lemaire" postgraduate center of the University of Lebanon (1975–1985). Visiting professor at the Polytechnic Schools of Stuttgart (1981–1982), Munich (1996–1997) and Heidelberg (2003–2004). Member of the Council of Historical Landscapes and Cities of the Council of Europe (1974–1977). Expert of UNESCO and HABITAT Center for the preservation of historic cities. He has completed important urban-spatial planning studies for Chios (1968), the island complex of Mykonos, Delos and Rhenia (1973–1974) and the old town of Chania (1978). He is a specialized researcher in matters of protection and regeneration of historic cities. Internationally recognized as a scholar for the urban history of modern Athens. Honorary Doctor in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Athens (1998). Author of 34 monographs in Greek, French, English and German language, and of more than 105 articles focusing on the history of urban planning and the protection of the human and natural environment.

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ALEXANDROS PAPAGEORGIOU-VENETAS

ERNST CURTIUS
The journey of homecoming to Greece, 1837-1840

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The letters of the classical scholar Ernst Curtius: a voice from the past, and yet it resounds so vividly in our time, it appeals to us. The spontaneous messages from the early years of Athens as the capital of the Greek state, by a young man that opens himself to the world, are optimistic and invigorating. By accepting, experiencing and embracing the unfamiliar, Curtius discovered himself, and found in Greece his spiritual homeland, to which he dedicated his scientific work.

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