Its subject matter is clearly influenced by the poet's Philhellenism
, and the romantic triangle among Hassan, Turkish chieftain; Leila, Circassian slave; and the Giaour (the word is Turkish for infidel), Venetian renegade, has often been read as an allegory of the world-historical strife between East and West over the subjugated Greece.
Even DIKO leader Marios Garoyian felt obliged to give DISY deputy Christos Pourgourides public lessons in philhellenism
after the latter's unpatriotic lapse at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Hemans' verses exhibit acquaintance with Byron's, of course, but the final chorus of Shelley's Hellas, hymning "the dawn of liberty," is likelier to have galvanized any philhellenism
in Tennyson: "A loftier Argo cleaves the main / Fraught with a later prize; .
More important for the exhibition as a whole, however, was the British Museum's own statue from Cyrene: for it now transpires that, wrongly pieced together in the 1860s, it gives a misleading impression of the philhellenism
commonly attributed to Hadrian.
Shaw Summer Fellowships was Spiridoula Demetriou and the fruits of her research on Philhellenism
and the creation of modern Greece are published in this issue.
Beginning with John Polidori's "The Vampyre," Gibson maintains that Polidori's story opposes the philhellenism
embraced by Polidori's former employer, Lord Byron, and rewrites Byron's unfinished vampire tale to portray Greece as "sufficient to itself" (41) under Ottoman rule.
Nigel Leask views Byron's Philhellenism
more positively perhaps, taking the perspective of politics rather than philosophical pessimism, in his impressively well-researched essay.