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In the modern languages, the word philhellene ('lover of Greece or the Greeks') or philhellenism ('love for Greece or the Greeks') came into use at the time of the Greek War of Independence (1821-1829), when there was a wave of sympathy for the Greeks throughout Europe. A short time later (beginning in the 1850s) the word also came to be used by classical scholars such as Grote and Mommsen (see also Philhellenism).

In Antiquity there was only the Greek adjective φιλέλλην/ philhéllēn ('loving of Greece or the Greeks'), which appeared regularly, although not ver…

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Ferrary, Jean-Louis (Paris), “Philhellenism”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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