VaranDragon wrote on Feb 21, 2017, 11:01:
The modern Greek nation has very little to do with the ancient Greeks. They are mostly a Slavic nation that displaced, integrated, murdered or absorbed the native population found in Greece. Not saying that they are undeserving of sympathy for their recent troubles, just that they have basically nothing to do with the ancient Greeks except for living on the same piece of land.
I'm fully aware of that. But the land is still the same, and the language is remarkably unchanged from the koine dialect of Ancient Greece. Modern Greeks are different people by blood from Pericles, Socrates, Sophocles, etc., but they're still more connected to those people of old than any of the rest of us. Only one people can, for a summer's evening entertainment, go see an attic Greek performance of Oedipus sitting in the very same Theater of Dionysus where the exact same play was performed 2400 years ago. Even though Modern Greeks are different ethnically, they're closer to ancient Greek culture than anyone else, simply by virtue of them seeing it and celebrating it as their heritage.
That said, my extra sympathy for modern Greece is probably just sentimentalism on my part.