Upcoming Events

Book Presentation/Reading by W. Ruth Kozak

Date: 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 -
19:30 to 21:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Book Presentation/Reading by W. Ruth Kozak

Shadow of the Lion: Blood on the Moon, is Volume One of an epic story set in the aftermath of the death of Alexander the Great in Babylon, 323 BC. After the naming of the two joint-kings, Alexander’s newborn infant son and his mentally challenged half-brother Philip Arridaios a bloody war begins between his generals over Alexander’s territories. Blood on the Moon follows the journey of the joint kings from Babylon to Macedon and the conflicts they encounter along the way.

Shadow of the Lion: The Fields of Hades, Volume Two, begins as the joint-kings arrive in Pella just as the Regent is dying and has named Polyperhcon his successor. This sets the Regent’s son, Kassandros, into a rage and he departs to Athens where he stirs up animosity between the Athenians and Macedonians. Meanwhile, the royal women vie for control of the throne. Alexander's 18-year-old niece, Adeia-Eurydiike, wife of Arridaios, leads her faction in a civil war against Olympias, Alexander's mother. The boy, Alexander IV (known by his Persian name, Iskander) tries to understand his role and struggles to survive. The story ends on a climax of a true Greek tragedy, ending Alexander's dynasty, and fulfilling the novel's theme of "How blind ambition and greed brought down a world power."

W. Ruth Kozak is a Canadian travel journalist with a strong interest in history and archaeology. A frequent traveller, Ruth lived for several years in Greece and instructs classes in travel journalism and creative writing for the Vancouver School Board. The novel was extensively researched in Greece, with the support of Classical scholars, the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Society of Macedonian Studies (Thessaloniki), the Finnish and Norwegian Institutes in Athens and with research undertaken in the Gennadius Library and the British Library in London

Lecture by Sabrina Higgins

Date: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 -
19:30 to 21:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Sabrina Higgins (Assistant Professor, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, Simon Fraser University), “Imagining the Virgin: 'The Intersection of Space, Monumentality and Marian Iconography in Late Antique and Early Medieval Egypt (Third to Eleventh Centuries)”

Lecture by Emily K. Varto

Date: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 -
19:30 to 21:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dr. Emily K. Varto (Associate Professor, Department of Classics, Dalhousie University), "The Politics of Fatness in Archaic Greece"

This talk explores how modern narratives that imbue fatness with personal and communal ethical significance compare to ancient narratives of fatness, particularly in archaic Greece politics. Through examining art and poetry, it explores how fatness was not exactly a marker of elite status, but was a metaphor of the abuse of status with economic, social, and moral consequences for family, community, and state. Although elitism was central to the significance of fatness in archaic Greece, so were ideas about uncontrollable appetite, lack of restraint, and communal harm familiar to us from modern narratives about obesity and socio-economic class.

Lecture by Nanno Marinatos

Date: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -
19:30 to 21:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Nanno Marinatos (Professor, Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago), “Thucydides and Pericles: Democracy and Empire”

Pericles has been traditionally identified with Athenian democracy but has also received criticism about the imperialism of Athens from modern historians. The issue is indeed complex since democracy contradicts tyranny over others. The problem is solved if one analyses Thucydides' own opinion. He is shown to be a partisan of Pericles and presents him as a political pragmatist who had a deep understanding of human nature, on the one hand, and benefits of justice, on the other.

Lecture by Rodney D. Fitzsimons

Date: 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 -
19:30 to 21:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dr. Rodney D. Fitzsimons (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Trent University), "Taking a Seat at the Minoan Banquet: An Architectural Approach to the Minoanisation of the Aegean Islands"