UPDATE: HFC-Odessa had a wonderful turnout both days, for the opening and for the lecture by Valentina Silantieva the next day.
May 21 and 22, 16:00 both days.
Hellenic Foundation for Culture – Odessa
May 21: The exhibition about Kostis Palamas opens with a program of poetry and music. Students from Odessa University, who are studying Greek, will read selected poems by Palamas in Greek and in Russian. Students from the Odessa Music School N3 will perform the Olympic Hymn, and soprano Aglaïa Polychronidou will sing Palamas poems that have been set to music, accompanied by piano.
May 22: Valentina Silantieva, professor of literature and director of the foreign literature department at the University of Odessa, will give a lecture entitled “The work of Kostis Palamas in the European Tradition.”
Continue reading Kostis Palamas – exhibition and lecture in Odessa
HFC–Alexandria is participating in the Cairo International Literature Festival with the presentation of the book “On the Streets of Cairo: Walking with Naguib Mahfouz,” by Greek-Egyptian writer Persa Koumoutsi. Thursday, February 19 at 19:30 at the Greek Cultural Center in Cairo.
Plato (c. 427-347 BC) was Socrates’ student and one of the most influential philosophers in Western civilization. Born to a politically active and wealthy noble Athenian family, (Plato’s mother was descended from Solon, the famous lawgiver credited with major democratic reforms that paved the way for Athen’s Golden Age) Plato grew up during the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), a conflict that arose among Athens, Sparta, and their allies. This civil war was the beginning of the end of the Athenian Golden Age, and created an opening for later conquest by Philip of Macedon. The principles of democracy in Athens were lost, as was much of the cultural wealth of both city states. Continue reading Plato
The spread of literacy and education among the urban population of Crete, the organized network of the book trade (most books at this time were printed in Venice), the availability of the cultural goods of western Europe and the growth of private libraries, particularly those built up by the wealthy bourgeoisie and nobility who had studied in Italy (primarily Padua and Ferrara), were the key components of the cultural and intellectual life of Crete from the mid sixteenth century onwards.
The foundation of a number of academies (The Academy of the Vivi in Rethymnon in 1561, of the Stravaganti in Candia in 1590, and of the Sterili in Chania in c. 1630) based on Italian models was the result of the Cretans’ first-hand experience of the cultural and intellectual life of Italian cities and their desire to recreate something of this life in their homeland. During the last century of Venetian rule in Crete the society of the island attained a confidence and maturity such it had never seen before. Continue reading Erotokritos