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090407 and 090607 - Introduction What is Europe?Europe as a...

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09/04/2007 Introduction What is “Europe”?—Europe as a constructed cultural term It is difficult to define Europe in a simple geographical, economical, political, religious, linguistic or other cultural framework. Similarities such as shared economy, Christendom and linguistic root (Latin) help to shape the idea of Europe. However, diversity can exist within the similarities. The idea of “European” Canon is therefore problematic. Eurocentrism Eurocentrism tends to see Europe as the center of the world. Yet the problem is it tends to emphasize the more industrialized West than the East. Classical Heritage —one way to study Europe as one unit with shared traits Greek Homeric Epics: Iliad and Odyssey Epic warrior code —Achilles as an archetypal hero. Heroic motif Christianity — Christian Mass as a way of organizing time in Europe European self- conception of Christendom Lingua franca—Latin Europa: the mythical origin (Zeus seduced and kidnapped Europa)
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