Pharos, The Canadian-Hellenic Cultural Society presents lectures on all aspects of Greek culture from ancient history, literature and archaeology to modern traditions including dance and music. Meetings are held at 7:30 pm on the last Monday of October-November and January-April in the Upper Hall of the Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Everyone is welcome: admission is by annual membership or donation at the door.
Monday January 25, 2016, 7:30 pm Upper Hall, Hellenic Community Centre
to the End of the World: The Mani Peninsula in Antiquity
Chelsea Gardner, UBC Classics, Near East and Religious Studies
Feuds, and Patrick Leigh Fermor - all of these are commonly associated with
Mani, the southernmost projection off of the Greek Peloponnesos. A beautiful,
barren peninsula with a tumultuous history, Mani is famous for its wild
inhabitants and rugged landscape, but little is known about this region in
antiquity. This talk showcases the peninsula in a new light, presenting recent
research into the people who lived there throughout antiquity, and some of the
most spectacular archaeological finds the peninsula has to offer.
(Note on the picture: This Byzantine Church in the Mani charmingly incorporates grave markers from antiquity in its construction. Sadly, since this photo was taken in 1989, the carvings have been stolen)
Monday February 29, 2016, 7:30 pm Upper Hall, Hellenic Community Centre
Cyprus that was: photography as witness. John Lindros and the
Swedish Cyprus Expedition, 1927-1931
Dr. Birgitta Lindros Wohl, California State Northridge
Wohl will present images taken by her father, architect to the Expedition,
which are parallel to the archaeological and scientific work but of a different
spirit. They represent a personal, youthful enjoyment of an environment
sometimes felt as exotic, a world observed both with wonder, precision and
ethnographic interst. The landscapes, villages, homes and people of
Cyprus of the early part of the last century bring back a world today both
distant and close.