- Friday, March 14, 8:00 pm: Greek Movie, "Δεσποινίς Διευθυντής" at St George Greek Orthodox Church (see flyer)
- Sunday, March 23, 5:30 pm: Greek Independence Day Celebration at St George Greek Orthodox Church (see flyer)
Other Events and Announcements
- Sunday, March 9, 4:30 pm: Book presentation “The Beauty of Being Greek” by Dr. Sam Chekwas at the Hellenic Center (see flyer)
- Saturday, March 15, 7:00 pm: "Return to the Origins/Greek Folk Dance Troupe" at the Montgomery College (see flyer)
- A significant award: Rigas Kappatos' "The Anthology of Modern Greek Poetry" (see announcement)
Joan Breton Connelly's ‘The Parthenon Enigma’
On February 1st, many of us had the pleasure and honor to listen to Dr. Joan Breton Connelly (professor of classics and art history at New York University) present a new perspective on the Parthenon. I must add that this was the first public presentation of her book, which was just published. Dr. Connelly took a different approach from previous researchers, looking at the Parthenon through "ancient eyes". Utilizing valuable findings on Euripides' Erechtheus drama (Egypt, 1967) and in depth research, she puts forward a compelling theory which gives Parthenon new light. She claims that an important piece of the frieze shows King Erechtheus giving his daughter a piece of cloth before she is sacrificed in order to save the city of Athens.
Here, I would like to emphasize the very powerful messages which come out of her research, which Dr. Connelly most eloquently conveyed during her presentation (at the event organized by Prometheas) and subsequent interviews.
The Latest Scheme for the Parthenon
The New York Times Books Review | March 6, 2014
British Museum, London/Art Resource
The central scene of the east frieze of the Parthenon. ‘The traditional reading of the frieze,’ writes Mary Beard, interprets it as ‘the presentation of a newly woven robe (peplos) to Athena,’ the high point of a festival celebrating the goddess. Joan Breton Connelly, in The Parthenon Enigma, instead argues that the frieze depicts a scene from early Athenian myth, in which King Erechtheus, as Beard writes, ‘has been told by an oracle that in order to save Athens from invasion he must sacrifice one of his daughters,’ and is not receiving the peplos but rather handing the material over to his youngest daughter, who will wear it as her shroud.
...Joan Breton Connelly, in The Parthenon Enigma, has plenty of sensible things to say about modern appropriations of the Parthenon. Although she tends to take the “beauty” of the building for granted (there is no sign here of Green’s “bloody Parthenon”), she is shrewd enough to see that modern visitors and critics have projected all kinds of different values onto it. The Parthenon as a transcendent symbol of ancient and modern democracy—captured in the 1992 exhibition “The Greek Miracle,” in Washington and New York, with a gushing catalog introduction published under the name of George H.W. Bush—is just one version of this. For Cecil Rhodes, the Parthenon was a legitimation of (British) imperialism. For the leading lights of Hitler’s Germany, it was a high point of (Aryan) civilization, an association underlined by a series of chilling photo opportunities offered to prominent Nazis on the Acropolis.
Connelly’s aim is to bypass these anachronisms and “to recover the primordial and original meaning of the Parthenon” in the setting of fifth-century- BC Athenian culture and religion...
A Commentary on Greece's Economic Outlook
By Evangelos Calamitsis | The Huffington Post | 2/21/2014
For some time now, there has been an intense debate in Greece (and to some extent in financial circles around the world) on the state and outlook of the Greek economy. On the one side, many observers and the supporters of the Greek governing coalition have been emphasizing the emerging signs of progress under the country's current reform program, particularly the "green shoots" of economic recovery underpinned by fiscal consolidation. Greece's foreign lenders have generally welcomed this progress, based on the great sacrifices made by the Greek people; but they have also been saying that much still remains to be done, especially in the area of structural reforms, to overcome the crisis that erupted in 2009. On the other side, a number of commentators and most of the Greek opposition parties have been vigorously contesting the Government's claims of success, underscoring the need for a fundamental change in strategy in order to rescue the Greek economy.
What Greek Wisdom Can Teach The Rest Of The World About Living Well
The Huffington Post | December 2013
“I came to the Greeks early, and I found answers in them," writer and classicist Edith Hamilton once said.
The Greeks have one of the oldest cultures in the world (not to mention the first known democracy), and to this day, we turn to the wellspring of Greek wisdom for guidance on living well. With both an ancient tradition of introspection and ethical inquiry, and also to one of the most heart-healthy diets in the world, the Greeks know a thing or two about how to live a good life.
But it's not just ancient Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle who unlocked the secrets to a meaningful life. The health habits and leisure rituals of modern Greece also have a lot to teach the rest of the world about health and happiness.
Here are 11 Greek secrets to living well.
Τζένη Βάνου, η τραγουδίστρια της καρδιάς
"Η Καθημερινη" | 6 Φεβρουαρίου 2014
Εμβλημα μιας εποχής του ελαφρολαϊκού τραγουδιού, η Τζένη Βάνου μεσουράνησε στις δεκαετίες του ’60 και του ’70, δημοφιλής ώς το τέλος.
«Πώς θα περιγράφατε τη ζωή σας;», την είχα ρωτήσει την τελευταία φορά που τη συνάντησα, τον Δεκέμβριο του 2010: «Eίμαι ένα δυνατό μελό. Ομως δεν βγήκε δεύτερη Βούρτση για να το παίξει», απάντησε. Αυτή ήταν η Τζένη Βάνου. Βαθιά συναισθηματική, με βιώματα που τη σφράγισαν και έπειτα με τη σειρά της εκείνη τα μπόλιασε στα τραγούδια που είπε. Σε όλη της την καριέρα τραγούδησε την αγάπη, τον χωρισμό, την αμαρτία, με τρόπο απόλυτο. Τραγούδησε με δύναμη την ανθρώπινη αδυναμία.
Ο «κρυφός Ελληνας» από τη Νεμπράσκα
"Η Καθημερινη" | 26 Ιανουαρίου 2014
Στη «Nεμπράσκα», που προβάλλεται στις αίθουσες από την περασμένη Πέμπτη, ο Αλεξάντερ Πέιν συνθέτει ένα οδοιπορικό ζωής και σχέσεων με φόντο το τοπίο μιας άλλης Αμερικής, αποκαλυπτικό μέσα από την ασπρόμαυρη φωτογραφία του Φαίδωνα Παπαμιχαήλ. Ο Πέιν ξέρει να «βλέπει» τους ανθρώπους. Με χιούμορ, κατανόηση και τρυφερότητα.