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 (fĭl-hĕl′ēn′) also phil·hel·len·ist (-hĕl′ə-nĭst)
One who admires Greece or the Greeks.

[Greek philellēn : phil-, philo-, philo- + Hellēn, Greek.]

phil′hel·len′ic (fĭl′hĕ-lĕn′ĭk) adj.
phil·hel′len·ism n.
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Adj.1.philhellenic - characterized by a love of Greece and Grecian things; "the Philhellenic Society"
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Beller (2000:148-155) argues that for those Jews wishing to abandon the 'baggage of Hebraism' it was much easier to embrace the myths and writings of Greek antiquity and the philhellenic literature of Germany than it was to adopt the more medieval constructions of Christianity and the Nordic myths of German nationalism.
This created quite a stir in Britain, as it tapped into the philhellenic feeling still remaining from the Greek War of Independence of the 1820s.
Occupying the same space of versification as the preceding cantos describing the pirate island and the pasha's court, Byron's philhellenic address structurally links the security of property for which both Conrad and Seyd arm themselves with Greek aspirations for liberal democracy:
Historians and archaeologists played on the philhellenic passions of nineteenth-century Europeans to highlight the ancient Greek history of the region.
Since Byron, however, ancient and also modern Greek "purple passages" had become the object of an exchange of resistance fervor between the Greeks and philhellenic Westerners.
Cypriots were taught in their own languages, mainly due to the colonialists' romantic, philhellenic notion that for the Greek Cypriots the Classics should be taught in their original language, that of ancient Athens.
John Quincy Adams knew and loved the classics, but he was unsettled by what he viewed as reckless philhellenic rhetoric.
He starts with the defense of Greek independence by the London Greek Committee and other philhellenic persons and groups in the early 1820s that reached its climax in the British destruction of the Ottoman fleet in Navarino Bay in 1827.
He fell ill and died in Missolonghi on 19 April 1824, and instantly became a hero of Greek history and an icon of the philhellenic movement in Europe.
From the Philhellenic movement across Europe in support of Greek liberty to pan-Europe and national Carbonari movements, local republican associations used existing forms, and empty and near dead frameworks, for the umbrella and network service they provided facilitating individuals, groups, and networks who were united in common aims and principles, and which gave them life.