Classical Reception in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro: An Introduction

Zecevic, Nada and Ristović, Nenad. 2017. Classical Reception in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro: An Introduction. In: Zara Martirosova Torlone; Dana LaCourse Munteanu and Dorota Dutsch, eds. A Handbook to Classical Reception in Eastern and Central Europe. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 329-335. ISBN 9781118832714 [Book Section]

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The classical tradition in Bosnia‐Herzegovina and Serbia illustrates the complex historical development of this entire region that for centuries served as a demarcation line between different civilizations. This chapter elaborates upon similarities and differences through which the classical tradition was received and used in both countries. In Serbia, it was the result of direct Byzantine Greek influence, while in Bosnia‐Herzegovina it was shaped by the Latin West. Then, in Bosnia‐Herzegovina, this tradition served as the key tool for the local Franciscans in their affirmation of the Order and the local Catholic identity, while in late Ottoman and post‐Ottoman Serbia it reflected general intellectual trends of the Enlightenment era and the influence of the Habsburg Monarchy. Justifying the “origins” of nineteenth‐century nations in Latin antiquity, the Franciscan Latinist and neo‐Latinist discourse in Bosnia‐Herzegovina was greatly marginalized after the Austro‐Hungarian occupation (later also by the Communists), while in Serbia, regardless of communist limitations, both Greek and Latin classical traditions were received in literature and studied in modern academia through the curricula in classical languages, literature, art, and history.

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Bosnia‐Herzegovina, Dositej Obradović, Enlightenment, Franciscans, Greco‐Roman classical past, Habsburg Monarchy, Latinism, national identity, neo‐Latinism, Ottoman Empire, Petar II Petrović Njegoš, philhellenism, Serbia

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21 March 2017Published
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