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Louis De Bernieress novel Corellis Mandolin is a story about time and change The story itself explores many aspects of life such as love betrayal chaos tradition history and numerous other elements that are often warped over time De Bernieres notes that he tried to be as true to history as possible But beneath the layers of time change and history there is another element of Greek culture that parallels the stories within the novel There is a continuous theme of the conflicting forces of good and evil and the changes that occur when these forces assimilate This is the Greek dualistic concept of both nature and humanity Beyond the exterior war that is the central theme of the novel there is an interior war that takes place within each character This war or dualism is the Greek notion of Hellene vs Romoi The notion of Hellene goes back to ancient Greece In spite of the political turbulence and chaos of the fourth century BC Greece was poised on its most triumphant period the Hellenistic age The word Hellenistic is derived from the word Hellene which was the Greek word for the Greeks The Hellenistic age was the age of the Greeks during this time Greek culture and power extended itself across the known world While the classical age of Greece produced great literature poetry philosophy drama and art the Hellenistic age hellenized the world Greeks Hellenic were isolated and their civilization was termed classic because it was not heavily influenced by outside forces The Romans or Romoi presented a chaotic element when they invaded Greek culture an element explained in detail by Dr Iannis Dr Iannis explains the there are two Greeks within every Greek Being a doctor he believes that he knows this quality better than any other because no one is more truly himself or herself than when they are sick or injured These two sides the Hellene and the Romoi are
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