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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 August 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 AUGUST 2018 23 COMMUNITY Eva Palmer, the American who reinvented herself as an ancient Greek goddess Prof Artemis Leontis presents the first biography of Eva Palmer Sikelianos pointed to the RSL's historic honour roll board unveiled in 1922 which includes Private William Withers, a local Oakleigh boy, who fought at Gallipoli and who is buried on the Greek Island of Lemnos along with 148 other young Australians. He went on to stress that the Oakleigh Carnegie RSL was committed to reinforcing its links with the local Greek community which stretch back many years. A particularly touching moment was when Mr Dimopoulos brought the framed photograph across to the table of Mr and Mrs Apostolos Zaparas. Mr Zaparas is a member and strong supporter of the RSL. He shared with us some of his family history, stretching back to the unification of Macedonia with Greece at the turn of the last century. The beautifully framed image now hangs in pride of place in the bar of the RSL for all to see. Next time you visit Oakleigh for a frappe or souvlaki, pay a visit to the Oakleigh Carnegie RSL and toast the Anzacs and Evzones on the Acropolis with an ouzo or two! Eva Palmer (1874–1952) was arguably one of the most inspiring and fascinating women of the 20th century, described as both brilliant and gorgeous with floor-length auburn hair. The American free-thinker, director, performer and creative was widely known as a fashion icon of her time inspired by the ancient Greeks. She was also the beloved wife of seminal Greek poet Angelos Sikelianos with whom she envisioned the Delphic Festivals revival. She had recounted this story herself in her memoirs, but her own story has never been told in detail. Now professor Artemis Leontis has written the first biography of a woman mostly known through the publication of her love letters to her husband. The book, titled 'A life in ruins', is expected to come out in February 2019 through Princeton University Press. Palmer, was born in Gramercy Park in Manhattan, New York to parents Courtlant Palmer and Catherine Bennett, both liberals who offered their daughter unconventional education and allowed her to explore the arts freely, be it music, theater or literature. A restless spirit, Palmer found the conventional way of life in New York uninteresting and moved to Paris. There, she settled in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a known expatriate neighbourhood, where she enjoyed all pleasures of a frivolous life and fell in love with the legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt. It was in Paris that she met Raymond Duncan, brother of pioneering dancer Isadora Duncan, and his Greek wife Penelope, sister of Greek poet Angelos Sikelianos, and became infatuated with his poetry. Seeing Eva's fascination with all things Hellenic, Penelope taught her how to weave in the Greek traditional art of the loom to the point where she created and wore her own garments and sandals, creating her signature look. As Artemis Leontis reveals in her book, "Palmer's most spectacular performance was her daily revival of ancient Greek life". "For almost half a centu- ry, dressed in handmade Greek tunics and sandals, she sought to make modern life freer and more beautiful through a creative engagement with the ancients." The creative trio, following how popular Palmer's unique fashion statements CORRECTION Esther Anatolitis on the three faces of Greek Australians In our Saturday 4 August edition, we featured a story titled Esther Anatolitis on the three faces of Greek Australians, written by Con Stamocostas. The printed article contained a number of errors which we would like to clarify and correct. Steve Dimopoulos MP for Oakleigh showing the Anzacs on the Acropolis photograph to Apostolos Zaparas. PHOTO: JIM CLAVEN Ιn particular, there is a segment of the story, in which Ms Anatolitis recounts her family's history in Greece, during the Nazi occupation. Instead of "One of my mother's earliest memories is of a knife to her throat, with people storming the house asking for a particular couple because the husband was wanted due to actively serving with the Resistance", the passage should read as follows: "One of my mother's earliest memories is of a knife to her mother's throat, with people storming the house asking where my mother's uncle was, because he was wanted due to actively serving with the Resistance." The story also features the incorrect assumption that, during WWII, "her father and his family actually had to share a house with Nazis who had occupied the home for two years", whereas in fact they had been forced out of their house, for an unclear amount of time. In another passage, Ms Ana- tolitis makes a reference to her teacher, Annemarie Wagener, incorrectly written as "Mrs Wagener," instead of "Ms Wagener." Further on, the article states that "looking back over her journey, Ms Anatolitis also remembered a young girl she knew from her Primary School," which is an inaccurate assumption. Ms Anatolitis actually said in conversation with the writer: "I remembered this girl whose name I can't remember; her family had come over one day, because her father was working with my father; she was a few years younger than me. She had been iden- tified at school as being a clever girl who should think about her schooling differently. Her teachers had sat her to do the test in Woollahra school, the same school that I had been to and she had passed the test." The article also seems to end mid-sentence. The concluding paragraph should end with the following sentence: "But knowing that as a truth that you can understand, doesn't make it necessarily any easier to balance into your own health and mental health." Neos Kosmos apologises to Ms Anatolitis and to our readers for these errors. had become among members of the upper class, decided to move to Greece in 1907. It was in the ruins of the Duncan's old home that Palmer first laid eyes on the much younger Sikelianos. It only took one look to spark the fiery romance that solidified over many conversations on art, politics, history and culture. Palmer followed Sikelianos to Lefkada, where he lived; they got married in 1907 in Bar Harbor, Maine. She hyphenated her name and together they decided to bring the Delphic Festivals back to life. The rest is history...
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