Buy This Issue
The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 27 September 2014
“Your love for this excavation, the way you have embraced it moves me and I promise that once the work is completed I will visit Australia in order to give lectures for the Greek Australians and the wider com- munity, where I will talk in detail about all the different stages of the Amphipolis ex- cavation and all the findings." The finding at Amphipolis is an important funeral com- plex, which dates to the last quarter of the 4th century BC, after the death of Alexander the Great, Ms Peristeri said. With two sphinxes and two caryatids revealed until now in three chambers of the an- cient burial site, the officials say there may be a previously unknown fourth chamber to the tomb. Earlier this week, Greek cul- ture officials have revealed a full frontal view of the 2.3-me- tre tall statues of Caryatid maidens that guard a myste- rious tomb from the age of Al- exander the Great at the site of Casta Hill, Northern Greece. Excavators got their first glimpse of the wavy-haired statues when the stone heads and torsos were unearthed, after a wall of sealing stones was removed. It is still not known who was buried at the Amphipolis site, but the archaeologists, led by Ms Peristeri, suspect it was a high-ranking official or gen- eral from Alexander's reign, or even a member of the royal family. "We do not know what else is in there, but such a monu- ment has not been found to date worldwide. Every day we discover new things which sur- prise and excite us. I cannot describe in words the feelings when we saw the Caryatids. "We continue systematical- ly with the excavation, which requires surgical precision and consistency. "We, archaeologists, believe in the archaeological data and not in speculation," said Ms Peristeri. "It is impossible for the tomb to be Roman, this is what we can conclude from the findings so far. No matter who might be the ‘residents’ of the burial complex, the whole monument is important because it gives us information about the time after the death of Alexander the Great," said Ms Peristeri, who went on to stress that Am- phipolis was one of the major Greek cities in ancient times. Regarding the timeframe of the project, Ms Peristeri said that hopefully by Christ- mas, the archaeological team might be able to give the much awaited answer to the question of who was buried at Amphipolis. Katerina Peristeri is the head of the KH Ephorate of Pre-his- toric and Classical antiquities, centred around the north-east- ern city of Serres, since 2009. She graduated from the Aristo- tle University of Thessaloniki and completed her postgradu- ate studies in France. Her in- tensive excavations at Amphi- polis started in 2010. 6 SATURDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2014 AUSTRALIA ELECTRICIAN REQUIRED Enthusiastic 21 years old apprentice looking for new employer to finish his apprentic- ership. Very keen and hard working, reliable and punctual. Contact Chris Stamels on 0418 375 596. Θέσεις Εργασίας Seeking Employment CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Amphipolis’ uniqueness 2.3-metre tall statues of Caryatid maidens that guard a mysterious tomb have been fully revealed. “We do not know what else is in there, but such a monument has not been found to date, worldwide. Every day we discover new things which surprise us and excite us.” - Katerina Peristeri Christopher Ditsas has never entered a competition of such enormity. Having found him- self within the top-four final- ists - out of several hundred applicants - for the Elucent Skincare National Costume Competition, if he's success- ful, Ditsas' dress will repre- sent Australia at the Miss Universe pageant in Decem- ber. The Sydney-based designer first heard about the compe- tition on Channel 7's Sun- rise program, and thought it would be a good chance to re- invigorate a career in design that he "put on the back-burn- er" following the global finan- cial crisis of 2007-8. The com- petition criteria required an element of Australian culture or imagery, which he believes his design encapsulates. "I was trying to think of what represents the Austral- ian landscape, and I literally thought of a tin shed, a tin roof, corrugated iron in the outback and Australian na- tive blooms, which are very specific to our country. I put the two different things to- gether into a design and tried to make things look interest- ing," Ditsas told Neos Kosmos. The one-man project in- volved Ditsas sketching the design, making the pattern, pleating and sowing the fab- ric and then placing the Aus- tralian inspired flora on the back of the dress. If successful, Ditsas will be notified by competition or- ganisers on October 3, when voting closes on Sunrise's website. He will have to pre- pare himself for an official costume launch at Sydney's Hyde Park three days later. When asked about his chances of going all the way, Ditsas is very measured. "I guess it's mixed feelings - pride of course for being se- lected and confidence in the design because it's something I believe in. But then also you need to have a few res- ervations because what the other girls did is fairly cool as well, so I guess when it comes down to a vote you re- ally don't know." Voting for a dress that will represent Australia at the Miss Universe pageant in December closes at 10.00 pm AEST on 3 October 2014. To vote, visit htt- ps://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/ competitions/miss-universe- face-of-australia-vote/ Ditsas’ design makes final four of Miss Universe contest Christopher Ditsas with his creation. Inspired by the Australian landscape, Christopher Ditsas finds himself within an arm’s length of worldwide recognition JOHN PYRROS A voyeur who used a mirror and mobile phone to film women on public toilets has been sentenced to 250 hours community service. Apostolos Kipouros, 19, was discovered by women at Woden Westfield shop- ping centre in Canberra ear- lier this year. On one occasion, while a woman was on the toilet, she noticed a mirror and phone coming from under the cu- bicle wall. She screamed and ran off, and another woman also ran out of a different cu- bicle. Security were called and Kipouros was found still in the cubicle between where the two women had been. He had a black hood pulled over his head and a phone and tablet with him. Apostolos Kipouros was in- terviewed by police and lat- er admitted to filming the women; something he said he'd done to impress his friends. He said he'd filmed women in his homeland of Greece before coming to Australia. Police examined his phone and discovered more videos. Kipouros’ conduct was de- scribed by prosecutor Phoebe Burgoyne-Scutts as "alarm- ing behaviour to say the least". His lawyer Paul Edmonds said his client understood the seriousness of the crimes and recognised he needed counselling. He said the teenager had no criminal history, a support- ive family, was studying, working and had no drug, alcohol, or mental health is- sues. Mr Morrison sentenced Kip- ouros to 250 hours commu- nity service and a two-year good behaviour order. Source: Fairfax Media Greek Australian voyeur sentenced He used a mirror and a mobile phone to film women on public toilets The Greek Australian com- munity has shown its phil- anthropic bone once again, donating $78,500 to various Sydney Hospitals. The initiative was organised by Athanasia Peponi-Brisimi and saw hundreds of mem- bers of the Greek community come together and donate. The money was given in in- stalments to the neuro-oncol- ogy unit of the Royal North Shore Hospital which is part of The Kolling Institute of Medical Research. In a special ceremony last Friday, the donors were given a guided tour of the Institute and personally thanked Ms Peponi-Brisimi for her fund- raising efforts. Ms Peponi-Brisimi felt com- pelled to fundraise after see- ing her mother live through cancer after she was diag- nosed with a brain tumour. The director of laboratory Viive Howel said that the money will be dispersed throughout the unit, from the wages of the personnel to the research efforts of the institute. The presentation was at- tended by the Consul General of Greece to Sydney Dr Stav- ros Kyrimis, who said that it was important that the Greek community take such initia- tives. Also present was the Shad- ow Minister Sophia Kochi, and representatives from AHEPA and the Panarcadic Association of NSW. Thousands raised for Sydney Hospital The generous group of donors at The Kolling Institute of MedicResearch. PHOTO: SUPPLIED.
20 September 2014
04 October 2014