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Léon Heuzey et l’histoire des peuples montagnards du nord-ouest de la Grèce

Abstract : Léon Heuzey published Le Mont Olympe et l’Acarnanie in 1860, presenting the results of his research led in a region of Greece then almost unexplored because it was difficult of access and little representative of the brilliant culture of Greek city-states : the mountains in the Northwest of Delphi. This work was unanimously greeted as a scientifically rigorous model. A modern reading however reveals the weaknesses of his method, which owes certainly to the historical and intellectual context, but which is also marred by the too vast knowledge of the author. His rich and precise knowledge of ancient sources paradoxically drive him to spread, without criticizing its legitimacy, the horrible reputation of the peoples of Northwestern Greece who, in the 19th century as in time of Thucydides or Polybius, were depicted either as « primitives » or as « barbarians ». Heuzey being both a historian and an archaeologist, the intertext of this work seems to play a major role in the transmission, and thus the creation, of a traditional image inherited from the Antiquity.
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Amélie Perrier. Léon Heuzey et l’histoire des peuples montagnards du nord-ouest de la Grèce. Revue des Etudes Grecques, [Paris]: [Association pour l'encouragement des études grecques en France], 2009, 122 (1), pp.163-184. ⟨10.3406/reg.2009.7947⟩. ⟨hal-02464744⟩



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