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Fustanellas and chlamydes: Historical memory and national identity in the first century of the life of the Greek state

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Fustanellas and chlamydes: Historical memory and national identity in the first century of the life of the Greek state

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27 May 2021

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The lecture analyses two emblematic garments, the fustanella and the chlamys, as metonyms of Greek identity but also as a means of reviving the historical past in the public memorial ceremonies and in the various dramatisations of the history in the public space during the first century of the Greek state. The costumes and costumes, which characterise the various forms of spectacle of history, function either, mainly, as a representation of historical identity (in historical events, theatrical performances with historical content, parades, etc.) or as a disguise (e.g. in carnival celebrations). On the one hand, chlamydes are part of a series of executive revivals of antiquity, which are designed and carried out as a means of rebirth of modern Greece but also as evidence of historical continuity. On the other hand, the fustanella follows a course of transformation: from the everyday clothing of a portion of the fighters of 1821 and residents of areas of the Greek state throughout the 19th century, it becomes a national costume worn by the supreme authority, a uniform of the regular Greek army, central exhibit in international exhibitions and national museums, carnival costume and, finally, children’s toy and tourist souvenir.

(Edited and translated description from organiser’s website)

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00:26:36

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