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The Multiculturalism of Philhellenism – Guided Tour

Philhellenism, or the ‘love of Greece’, has manifested itself through Greece’s history from antiquity to today, with many admirers of Greece recognising its Classical and Byzantine legacy as the foundation of their nations’ political, cultural and religious traditions. This tour of The Spirit of Byron exhibition will explore the evolution of Philhellenism and its role in inspiring international support for Greece during the Greek War of Independence.

The tour will guide audiences through the diverse expressions of Philhellenism by key allies during the war: Russia, Britain and France. Together, we will unpack each ally’s political and diplomatic agenda towards Greece during this period. We will also examine the cultural politics of Philhellenism, considering how the proliferation of poetry, visual culture (such as prints and paintings), philhellene propaganda and the hopes for a liberated Greece expressed by individuals - from from Russian General admiral Alexei Orlov, to English poets Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, American physician Samuel Howe, and French artist Eugene Delacroix - helped galvanise support for the Greek cause.




50 minutes

25 people

$17pp general
$15pp concession/students
Teachers accompany free

VCE Study Design links

VCE History

Modern History Unit 1 Change and Conflict:

Area of Study 1: Ideology and Conflict 

This tour is an excellent introduction to the nature of social, political, economic and cultural change in the later part of the 19th century, including the challenge to empires in the context of the Greek War of Independence.

Revolutions Units 3 and 4:

Area of Study 1: Causes of Revolutions

Area of Study 2: Consequences of Revolution

This tour is an excellent introduction to the nature of revolutions, and  their causes and consequences for students studying the Russian, French and American revolutions. The tour will allow students to compare and contrast the differences and similarities between these revolutions and the Greek revolution, while engaging in broader discussion surrounding the nature of revolution.

VCE Art Creative Practice

Unit 1: Area of Study 1: Artists, artworks and audiences

Unit 2: Area of Study 1: The artist, society and culture

This tour gives students insight into the political and cultural contexts in which paper-based artworks (such as aquatints, etchings, lithographs) were produced during the Greek War of Independence, and how they express the spirit of Philhellenism and the Romantic Movement in art.

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