Nostalgia

Nostalgia is frequently looked upon as a concept immersed in emotion, often describing a longing for days gone by.  Nostalgia is a very personal experience as one reflects on his or her own life, yet nostalgia is also a shared cultural experience as many societies throughout history have looked back upon a ‘golden age’ of their past. Just as the newly fledged adult may yearn for the days of their childhood, the poets and artists of the eighteenth century romanticized the heritage of their medieval predecessors. The same can be said about the Romans centuries before them, who idealized the Ancient Greeks. In this way, nostalgia has been a prevalent aspect of humanity and has helped to define ‘modernity’ as it distinguishes what is something from the present from what is something of the past.

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