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That’s Ancient History

Can you name this piece? Here's a hint: wisdom thwarted by history

Written for the consecration of a new Imperial Theater in Pest, the play provided the concert with an “epilogue” celebrating the Austrian empire as a bastion of culture. In this piece, the goddess Minerva reawakens in modern Greece and is devastated to find her homeland occupied by the Ottoman Turks. Luckily, Minerva is reassured that the light of Classical Greek culture has conveniently been passed on to the Austrian empire. Racist propaganda aside, the sympathy for Greek nationalism in the 1810s and 20s unified many European artists, many of whom actively supported the Greek revolution against the Ottoman Turks.

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