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Online Open House | Immigration and Belonging: Phoenician Immigrants in 4th-Century BCE Athens, with Denise Demetriou

We were pleased to welcome Denise Demetriou, University of California – San Diego, for an Online Open House discussion entitled "Immigration and Belonging: Phoenician Immigrants in Fourth-Century BCE Athens." The discussion was live-streamed on the Center for Hellenic Studies YouTube channel Friday, October 9, at 11 a.m. EDT, and was recorded. This post includes a handout of readings. Read more

“The universe is a kind of book”: a study travel through the history of writing in Greece

"The universe is a kind of book of which one has read only the first page when one has seen only one's own country." When I received the proposal for this trip—a study travel through the history of writing in Greece—it was a great opportunity to reunite my two interests in Greece: my deep love of Ancient Greek philosophy, myth, religion, and poetry, with my absolute fascination for Modern Greek… Read more

Founders of democracy unsung | Part 3: Lack of historical recognition

Cleisthenes and Thrasybulus played important roles in the independence of Athens, and its existence as a democracy. Yet their roles were downplayed by succeeding generations. Athens indeed spun the murder of the tyrant Hipparchus by a pair of disgruntled lovers into a fight against tyranny, but neglected Cleisthenes’ place in the true origins of the democracy. The citizens of the polis welcomed the freedom and democracy restored by Thrasybulus, but… Read more