Oι επέτειοι της εκατονταετίας και ο ρόλος τους στη δημιουργία έργων λόγου και τέχνηςPart of : Βυζαντιακά ; No.20, 2000, pages 79-117
The role of the centenary anniversaries in literary and artistic works
The present study is concerned with the practice of centenary commemoration, with a special regard to examples taken from the history and art of Ancient Greece, Rome and Byzantium. The Idea of centennial change is first detected in Religion, beginning with the orphic theology, then in the History and art of ancient and medieval political establishments, to the degree that those were influenced by the former. Those were not simple commemorative feasts. Instead, they had a sense of restructuring the political system in the given societies, in combination with the rise of a leader (symbolizing in its origins the reborn floral deity) and also the important decision-making and artistic creation.Monuments reflecting political aspirations were inaugurated in an appropriate timing that could be portrayed as a step towards a new era. What the historian needs to find out is whether and to what degree did temporal landmarks influence human action and thus created History. It is of primary importance to apply the presently described method to monuments of letters and art which have received no definite dating yet. This new method of dating may be added to those existing already and researchers can take it into account.