This book is about the mythology and poetics of a space, the culturally defined topography of Neohellenism. Like other Hellenisms of the past, most notably the Panhellenism of Homeric poetry, Neohellenism finds its most powerful self-expression in a poetics of its own, unifying a vast array of different groups into a single people, the Greeks of today. This poetics, as Artemis Leontis demonstrates, is all- pervasive in modern Greek literature.
The space created by the poetics of Neohellenism becomes the ever re-created homeland of the Greeks. In its concreteness, it is a real space. At the same time, its reality is infused with myth, always resituated by the groundedness of Neohellenism in all the Hellenisms of the past. Any topos of modern Greek literature may reactivate a corresponding topos from the archaic, the classical, the Hellenistic, the Roman, and the Byzantine periods. The poetics of the space that is Hellas is the myth of a Hellas eternally recovered in the literary imagination.