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Athens on the Isar

Το παρακάτω κείμενο αφιερώνεται σε όλους τους ξενομανείς και δουλοπρεπείς που ακούνε Γερμανία και τους “τρέχουνε τα σάλια”. “Πότε θα γίνουμε σαν αυτούς”, “εμείς δε θα γίνουμε ποτέ Γερμανία” και άλλα τέτοια λένε όταν ακούνε για τη Γερμανία. Το παραθέτουμε αυτούσιο προς αποφυγήν παρεξηγήσεων.

“The comparison of German residential seats to ancient metropolises and other artistic centers is a rhetorical stylistic device used in the praise of princes. As early as 1706, Berlin was gailed as the “Athens on the Spree” to denote its status as a seat of academic scholarship. Under Prince-Elector Karl Theodor, Mannheim also once proclaimed itself a “German Athens”. In the 18th century, Dresden’s art collections earned the city its appellation as “Florence on the Elbe”. References to the “Athens on the Isar” emerged as a result of King Ludwig I of Bavaria’s passion for building projects. The King is said to have declared: “I will not rest until Munich looks like Athens“.

Munich’s transformation into the monumental seat of the royal court was architecturally modeled after Ancient Greece, but perhaps primarily driven by a desire to surpass Napoleonic Paris. This aesthetic idealization of Hellenism received a territorial foundation when Ludwig’s son Otto von Wittelsbach became King of Greece in 1835.

Ludwig Börne, who had been driven into exile by the events of the restoration epoch, gauged the full extent of this royal represantation and romantic rapture in a polemical note. In 1832, he wrote from Paris: “The King of Bavaria could save himself the enormous amounts he has been wasting on turning his place of residence into a new Athens: Munich has always been a city of night owls, since long before it had statues and paintings”.

Υ.Γ. Το κείμενο είναι από το βιβλιαράκι του Μουσείου της πόλης του Μονάχου.

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