The Lysicrates Prize: Linking Greece and Australia: A talk by John Azarias
Ancient Greece lives on in modern Sydney
The Lysicrates Foundation aims to link Greece and Australia by honouring an ancient Athenian tradition in today's Sydney. Musical and drama contests at the annual Dionysia festival would bring the city to a standstill for a week.
It was essentially the audience that chose the winning performances, whose sponsors could then erect monuments to commemorate their success.
In 334 B.C. an Athenian called Lysicrates commissioned a beautiful monument, still standing, which was copied in sandstone in Sydney in 1868.
Mr and Mrs Azarias noticed it was eroding and decided to restore not only the monument but the contests as well.
Date: Tuesday 21 March
Start time: 7.00 pm – refreshments & canapés from 6.00 pm
Venue: Beta Bar - 238 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
Language: English & Greek