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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 24 November 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2018 25 NEWS A complex and compelling tableaux of vignettes [...] illustrate the diversity of experience but also the epic rise and ultimate fall of an Empire we all ignore, while secretly mourning our exile from the greatness that it represented and whose vestiges are still embedded within us so that they were delivered, not as unintelligible tonguetwisters, but instead, within context and with the requisite poise and passion. As a consequence of their art, a particularly strident and imperious Justinian, an electrifyingly omnipotent Theodora, a dolorous but dignified Constantine and an industrious Anthemius and Isodorus were conjured from the depths of history and vivified, drawing us inexorably and artfully, into their world. In their dramatic production, the GOCMV and its inspired teachers display the same technique: show, do not tell. Practise, do not preach. There is no nationalistic narrative here, no hyperpatriotic hyperbole to engender anachronistic perspectives. Such brotherhood as exists, is found through kinship forged as companions on a journey back through time together and in the rediscovery of semitones in symphonies half-remembered but never entirely forgotten. This is an opportunity for us to view our ancestors as humans, not as stereotypes and the directors and writers of the epic treat it with great sensitivity. All the while, the protagonist of this journey, the students, are not only gaining the necessary tool to place their identity into context, they are also vastly improving their fluency in Greek. As a result of their innovative efforts, these talented educators have truly redefined Greek language education discourse in Australia, teasing its permutations and extending its boundaries far beyond the staid, the stolid, the self-interested and ultimately the self-defeating, challenging preconceptions of what is possible. This is what the best of Greek language teaching in Australia does: it vivifies the language and makes it relevant not only to the mother land, but to all of us living in our own community here. Byzantium exists here: in Flinders Street Station, in our internecine politics and engraved upon our tongues. Bearing witness to the pomp, the pageantry, but also the skill, the optimism and the progressiveness that characterise both Byzantium on stage and the Greek language education in general, truly the GOCMV and its team of accomplished pedagogues have earned the right to exclaim, as Justinian did before them: "Solomon, I have surpassed thee!" To the shield bearing linguists of our most hallowed tongue therefore, thrice hail and νίκα. AHEPA convenes in Canberra with resolutions on key policies During its 64th National Convention, it was decided that the Lodge will maintain its position regarding the Turkish-Cypriot matters The 64th National Convention of AHEPA Australia took place from 8-14 November in Canberra. Many topics of high importance were discussed, including the FYROM name change and the Cypriot matter. As the event came to an end, it was agreed that the AHEPA of Australia will maintain their position regarding these important matters. More specifically, in regards to the Cypriot issue, the convention decided among other things to reaffirm all its previous resolutions on the matter and declared the occupation of 37 per cent of Cyprus by Turkey as "unacceptable". The body will also continue to offer its unlimited support towards Cyprus until the matter is resolved. Regarding the Macedonian name change issue, AHEPA Australia urged the Federal Government to condemn all territorial claims FYROM might have of Greece and to maintain a policy that recog- AHEPA memebers at the national Convention. nises the rights of all GreekMacedonians toward their heritage and culture, separate to those of Macedonians of Slavic origin. Furthermore, the matter of the Christian Genocide of Anatolia was discussed, dub- bing it a "crime against humanity", adding that the common factor in these crimes is that the victims were all of Christian faith. As a conclusion on this issue, AHEPA stated that the Parliament needs to official- ly recognise this crime, following in the steps of the local parliaments of New South Wales and South Australia, so as to ensure that this horrible period/event will be remembered and never repeated again. Hellenic Museum Summer School returns in January A series of short courses will run for the general public, exploring the ancient Greek and Roman world After its successful launch last year, the Hellenic Museum Summer School returns to present four short courses looking at the ancient Greek world over one week from 7 to 11 January, 2019. The summer school classes are delivered in a way that is informative, relaxed and entertaining and are open to anyone, as no prior knowledge is required. "All kinds of people take part in the summer school," co-ordinator of the Summer School and public historian Dr Christopher Gribbin explains, adding that participants typically include the general public, high school teachers and students but are not restricted to this demographic. "Some people come to im- prove their knowledge of the Greeks and Romans, some to discover them for the first time." In addition to formal teaching at Melbourne and Monash universities, Dr Gribbin founded the University of Melbourne's successful Classics Summer School and ran Dr Chistopher Gibbin. PHOTO: NEOS KOSMOS ARCHIVE it for 15 years. He has been involved in a retrial of Socrates with actual barristers and high court judges, and has coordinated a Festival of Homer and regularly leads tour groups to Europe with Australians Studying Abroad. "The Greeks and Romans have an enduring fascination for people," he said. "Their stories still speak to us and still have something to say about the human condition. Their art and architecture still inspire and amaze us. The aim of the summer school is to explore these ancient cultures is an enjoyable and thought-provoking way." The four courses offered at the Hellenic Museum (280 William Street, Melbourne) include: · The Minoans and Mycenaeans · Cities of the Greek and Roman World · Ancient Greek Religion · How to Argue Like Socrates. For more information or to enroll go to hellenic.org. au or call 8615 9016.
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