Afterword: The Consolations of Ruins—From the Acropolis to Epidaurus
I draw on my sensory experiences of the Acropolis ruin (and the Acropolis archaeological museum) followed by a visit to the Epidaurus complex (especially the theatre) to explore the themes of destruction, melancholy, preservation, hospitality (and intimacy), among others, as they evoke both the ruins of cultures and global preoccupations with the cultures of ruin. In a “presentist” theoretical move, this essay reflects on the affective and imaginative impact of these classical ruins during the immediacy of my contact with them. The centre of “gravity” of my musings on the monuments is “now, rather than then”: evoking their materiality, I consider how they produce affective consolations by re-imagining the past.
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