Wednesday, 27 February 2019 20:38

Alexander the Great

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Alexander the Great: Truly Great?

Professor Ian Worthington, Professor of Ancient History at Macquarie University

The talk discusses one of the greatest figures from Greek history, who is still used for political and cultural ends. The common view is that Alexander deserved to be called “Great”, since he brought down the vast Persian Empire and opened up the Mediterranean world to the East like never before — and all before he was 33 years old. But how “Great” was he in reality?  I will discuss not only Alexander’s military genius and his legacy, but also his pitfalls, suggesting that it was his father Philip Ii who deserves to be called “The Great”, not his son.

Date: Thursday 14 March

Time: 7pm

Venue: The Theatrette, Parliament of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney

Tickets: Free

Language: English

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Saturday, 10 February 2018 22:58


Food and Drink

A talk by Alfred Vincent

The “Mediterranean diet” is often recommended as a key to good health. But how old and how traditional is it? What did Greeks eat before the introduction of potatoes, tomatoes and other “foreign” foods? How far did the rich eat differently from the poor? How were issues of food security addressed? What was the role of wine in people’s diet? Answers can be found in memoirs and archival documents, especially from areas formerly under western domination, such as Crete, Cyprus and the Ionian Islands. Alfred will present the results of research on these topics. The event is hosted by the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.

Wednesday 28 February


Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, Room 480, Madsen Building (F09, near City Road entrance), University of Sydney

Free. Refreshments will be served.

Bookings: 9351 4759 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Language: English           

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:51

Nicholson Museum

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Saturday, 10 February 2018 23:08

Pythagoras: the Samian Philosopher


Vasilis Adrahtas will present a talk on one of Samos’ greatest contributions to civilisation, the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras. He will delve into the philosopher’s life and work, including the theorem which has made him a household name. Light refreshments will be served following the talk, with Samian wines and ouzo on offer.

Saturday 3 March


Samian Brotherhood, 223 Great North Road, Five Dock


Language: Greek

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 22:59

In Their Own Image

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In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians

Lecture by Leonard Janiszewski and Effy Alexakis

This lecture chronicles the depth and diversity of the Greek presence in Australia over the last 200 years. Although we may never know who was the first Greek on Australian soil, by the early 1800s a few Greek convicts, sailors and adventurers had certainly arrived. From the early 1850s, gold stimulated the first real wave of Greek immigration. In the 1890s, formal Greek communities emerged, and by 1939 around 15,000 Greeks resided in Australia. By the early 1980s, post-war mass migration had brought some 250,000 Greeks, and with the Greek economic crisis Australia has again become a major destination.

Date: Wednesday 10 April

Time: 7.00 pm  

Venue: Marrickville Library, Cnr Marrickville and Petersham Rds

Tickets: Free


Language: English

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Na O Pateras Sou

The launch of the book by Maria Haniotou

This enthralling historical novel portrays the life of an orphan from the year 1922 to the end of the Greek Civil War. Vangelakis, instead of going to school, is sold for 300 drachmas per year and a load of wheat so that his mother and younger brother could live. In 1940 he enlists in the war against the Italians. Afterwards he fights the Germans and then experiences the terrors of the Civil War. However, he survives. He finds hope and emotional warmth in sweet Antonia, who carries him out of the jaws of fear and terror.

Sunday 4 March


Cypriot Club, 58-76 Stanmore Road, Stanmore


Language: Greek

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Saturday, 10 February 2018 23:13

Ancient Cypriot Art in the Nicholson Museum

Ancient Cypriot Art

Australian archaeologists have been working in Cyprus since the 1930s; the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney holds a collection of several thousand Cypriot antiquities. In this free one-hour guided tour an archaeologist will explore the artistic development of the island’s traditions over thousands of years and share stories on some of the Australian excavations and research into Cyprus’s past. Using the museum’s collection as a starting point, discover the rich history of ancient Cyprus and the stunning geometric and animal designs that make the island’s art so unique.

Monday 5 March


Nicholson Museum, Main Quadrangle, The University of Sydney


Bookings: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or 9351 2812

Language: English

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 23:25

The Jews of Greece

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The Jews of Greece: The music and the nightmare

This tribute to the Jews of Greece will begin with a presentation by Alfred Vincent on the songs of the Spanish-speaking communities of Thessaloniki and other centres and their links with Greek musical traditions. It will be followed by a selection performed by Marina Thiveos and Paul Hofstetter. The second presentation will feature Vic Alhadeff, CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, whose family comes from the island of Rhodes. He will speak on the Holocaust in Greece – from where 50,000 Jews were murdered - and the remarkable courage of Greek leaders who saved Jews from the Nazis.

Date: Sunday 14 April

Time:     4.00pm

Venue: Prince Henry Centre, 2 Coast Hospital Rd, Little Bay

Tickets: Free

RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9750 0440

Language: English

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Saturday, 10 February 2018 23:20

Kythera, Secret and Unexpected


Slideshow presentation and talk by photographer and travel guide author Tzeli Hadjidimitriou.

A relationship with Kythera can only be passionate; visitors are enthralled by the scent of wild grasses, the running streams, the stillness of a deserted beach and the steady flight of the eagle. Resisting the ferocious spread of mass tourism, Kythera, enticing and sensual, invites you, through the photos of Tzeli Hadjidimitriou, on a journey of discovery that may change your life for ever.

Sunday 11 March

2.30 pm

Kythera House,  Suite 1, 24 King Street, Rockdale


Bookings: 9599 6998 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Language: Greek and English

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 23:39

Of Beasts and Men

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Of Beasts and Men. Iconography and Tales in the Eighth-century BC Aegean

A lecture by Stavros A. Paspalas

The excavations at the ninth- and eighth-century BC settlement of Zagora on Andros are a unique Australian contribution to the archaeology of Greece and the wider Mediterranean. This lecture will explore what the finds tell us about the life of the inhabitants and how they saw their world. The main focus will fall on recently excavated material, whose rich visual imagery enables us to investigate the values and concerns of the ancient Zagoreans at a time when the stories which developed into the Homeric epics were circulating. Stavros Paspalas is Deputy Director of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.

Date: Wednesday 17 April

Time: 6.00 pm  

Venue: The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens

Madsen Building, The University of Sydney

Tickets: Free

RSVP: or 9351 4759

Language: English

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