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Post Office Address: P.O. Box 2272, River Vale, NJ 07675
Tel. 201-666-7374; Fax 201-664-3402
July 15, 1996 - Year: 2, Issue: 30



Vangelis Calotychos has been selected to fill the position of Modern Greek Literature as an assistant professor. Calotychos received his bachelor's degree from the University of Birmingham in England, his master's degree at Ohio State University, and his Ph.D. at Harvard University, where he has been teaching the last two years. His research interests are modern Greek literature, national identity and poetics, modernism, interrelation of historical fact and fiction, and culture studies.

Jane Baun has been selected to fill the position of Byzantine History as an assistant professor. Baun received her bachelor's degree from Yale University, her master's degree at the Catholic University, and her Ph.D. at Princeton. She was also a research fellow at Dumbarton Oaks. Her research interests are Byzantine History, religious interrelations, and the medieval Near East.


Representative Ron Klinnk (Democrat-Pennsylvania) recently presented a "Special Order" on the House floor of the U.S. Congress commemorating the Battle of Crete and introduced a resolution about the Battle of Crete. If passed, the resolution will become law and the United States will recognize legally and officially the significance and contributions of the Battle of Crete and the Cretan Resistance to World War II and to world history.

**** GREECE IN PRINT - 1996 ****

Book exhibit of Greek literature and culture. September 21 and 22 at the United Federation of Teachers Headquarters, 260 Park Ave. South, 2nd Floor, New York City (between 20th & 21st Streets). The event is free and open to the public. For more information and reservations please call 201-666-7374 or write to the HLS. Pleases specify sessions preferred.


Book Exhibit                                Sep. 21 & 22 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Traditional Greek Costumes Exhibit          Sep. 21 & 22 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
(presented by Ms. Despina Tsiouris)
Povereta Salonica, The Holocaust in Greece  Sep. 21 & 22 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
(presented by the Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies & Culture)

Lectures & Discussion Panels

Saturday, Sept. 21, 1996

9:00 - 9:55 am Registration, coffee & koulourakia; welcome remarks

Session 1. Greek culture on the threshold of the millennium 10:00-11:05 am
Nicholas Gage - Author
Alexandros Mourchogiannis - Greek Tourist Organization
Yiorgos Chouliaras - Poet. Greek Press & Information Office

Session 2. Greek literature at the end of the century 11:10 - 12:20 pm
Bamgelis Calotychos - New York University
Stathis Gourgouris - Princeton University
Neni Panourgia - Princeton University

12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch Break

12:30 - 1:30 pm Cooking demonstration by Agrotikon restaurant

Session 3. Selected topics in Greek history 1:30 - 2:50 pm
Dimitris Katsarelias - Queens College; Deputy Director of the Foundation for Hellenic Culture
Constantine Hadzidimitriou - Historian
George Kyriakopoulos - Columbia University

Session 4. Cyprus' literary contributions to Western civilization 2:55 - 3:50 pm
Christos Moustras - Cyprus Tourist Office
Demetrios Theophylactou - Cyprus Mission to the United Nations

Session 5. Classical Greek culture and Afro-centrism 4:00 - 4:50 pm
Mary Lefkowitz - Wellesley College

Session 6. The Poets of Greece; two Nobel Prize winners 4:55 - 5:55 pm
Vassiliki Kekela - Educator
Constance Tagopoulos - Queens College

6:00 - 6:30 pm Meet the lecturers - coffee & koulourakia

7:00 pm Exhibit closes

Sunday, Sept. 22, 1996

9:00 - 9:55 am Registration, coffee & koulourakia; welcome remarks

Session 7. Greek American contributions to American sports 10:00 - 10:45 am
Nick Tsiotos - Educator
Andy Dabilis - Reporter, The Boston Globe

Session 8. The Jews of Greece 10:50 - 11:50 pm
Alexander Kitroeff - Haverford College
Jane Gerber - City University of New York

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch Break

12:00 - 1:00 pm Cooking demonstration by Periyali restaurant

Session 9. The art of the translator 1:05 - 2:25 pm
Karen Van Dyck - Columbia University
Edmund Keeley - Princeton University
Peter Bien - Dartmouth College

Session 10. Myth, tales and stories 2:30 - 3:35 pm
Barbara Aliprantis - Storyteller
John Kallas - Author
Lili Bita - Poet and actress

Session 11. From the margin to the center; other poetic voices 3:40-5:00 pm
Barbara Lekatsas - Hofstra College
Dean Kostos - Poet
Eleni Fourtouni - Author

Session 12. Rembetika: the deep songs of Greece 5:05 - 6:05 pm
Gail Holst-Warhaft - Cornell University

6:10 - 6:40 pm Meet the lecturers - coffee & koulourakia

7:00 pm Exhibit closes


"Classical Greece: Ancient Histories and Modern Archaeologies"

edited by Ian Morris. Cambridge University Press

Reviewed by John H. Oakley, College of William and Mary in Virginia (reprinted by permission of the Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora)

The premise of this book is that Greek archaeology is in a state of crisis, and that the eight essays within are meant to illustrate some of the new approaches being taken to respond to it. First, as a backdrop to the other essays, Ian Morris undertakes to write an intellectual history of Greek archaeology. He perceives Greek archaeology as having been dominated by the Hellenism and the Romanticism of the 18th and 19th centuries, and absorbed into classics as a sub-discipline, so that it was shielded from intellectual changes. He accuses Greek archaeologists of concentrating on artifact analysis, thereby de-peopling Greek archaeology, in order not to challenge the precept of Hellenism, "the idealization of ancient Greece as the birthplace of the European spirit." Since Hellenism is no longer relevant to most people, he concludes that Greek archaeology is in a state of crisis, because its relevance is unclear. Morris gives three possible responses: 1) deny the problem; 2) reassert the relevance of Greece; 3) recognize how Greek archaeology became what it is and try to make it relevant by re-peopling it. He favors the last, arguing for more integration between archaeology and history.

Although there is much truth in Morris' account, there is also considerable overstatement. The essay is Anglocentric, concentrating on Greek archaeology in English and American systems, but does not consider others. In the German-speaking tradition classical archaeology is a separate discipline, and one cannot reconstruct the history of Greek archaeology without including Roman.

In his essay James Whitley seeks to discover what Protoattic pottery can tell us about the social history of Athens in the seventh century B.C. By using a contextual approach, he poses the important questions of what kind of behavior an archaeological deposit represents and what kind of society would produce the objects found in it. Unfortunately, his conclusion that Protoattic pottery represents a rationed product limited to the elite and their funerary ceremonies is undermined both by the fact that so much of it comes from domestic deposits in the Agora, and by his disregard of historical sources, limited as they may be.

The ancient viewer's reaction to Greek sculpture is the subject of the intriguing essay by Robin Osborne. Although one may not agree with all his readings of individual status or his assessment of the viewer's perception of them, many of his conclusions, seem on target - in particular his sense that, in respect to function, the viewer perceived archaic korai differently than their contemporary male counterparts, the koroi and their female successors in the classical period.

Herbert Hoffmann's essay centers on one Attic red-figured vase, the fabulous sphinx rhyton by Sodates in the British Museum. He reads the vase's iconography and form as relating symbolically to the passage from life to death, thereby aiding the Athenian immortalizing system of the Periclean Age. His view that the Sphinx and Kekrops are mediators between these worlds is convincing, but his interpretation that the other figures reflect rites of passage is not. Muffled hands and cowed heads are hardly attributes found only with initiates, his primary reasons for identifying them as such. Dr. Williams' (1992) interpretation is to be preferred.

The essay by David Gill is the shortest in length and the one with the least substance. Riding a by now old hobby-horse he asserts that the ancient value of Greek painted pottery has been greatly overestimated and that it was little more than saleable ship ballast, a conclusion that has found considerable resistant from most scholars. Ironically, after suggesting that too much attention has been paid by archaeologists to what remains and not what has been lost, he calculates the number of Attic vases imported into Etruria every year by using the number of vases which have been found there, not the number sent.

The relationship of imported Attic pottery to trade is the subject of Karim Arafat and Catherine Morgan's excellent essay. Exploring two different contexts, archaic-classical Etruria and Hallstatt Europe, they investigate the pottery's role in its new home and how it arrived there. Attractive is their suggestion that Attic pottery appealed to the Etruscan elite because its often rich mythological content underscored the elite's ability to read and understand the stories, thereby reinforcing their superior status.

The last pair of essays concern themselves with site surveys, a sub-field of classical archaeology that has grown rapidly in the last twenty-five years. Both are solid contributions. The first by Susan Alcock, John Cherry and Jack Davis tackles the hypothesis that the manuring of fields in antiquity led to the "halo" pattern of low artifact distribution found at many sits today. By examining the ancient literary sources concerning the use of manure and considering various factors affecting the distribution of artifacts, such as erosion, breakage, discard rates, and methods of discard, the authors conclude that a wide range of factors have to be considered to explain distribution patterns.

The final essay by Susan Alcock utilizes the information from site surveys in a new manner. Instead of analyzing the results of one site survey in reference to nearby regions, she compares the results from many surveys conducted in various parts of the Hellenistic world proper during a limited time span - the Hellenistic period (323-31 B.C.). This allows her to look for changes in levels of urbanization and population, and signs of colonization and agricultural intensification over a broad territory in one specific historical period. Not Surprisingly, there is considerable variety from region to region, brought on by different local factors, a warning against broad generalizations about the Hellenistic period.

The book concludes with thoughtful responses from Michael Jameson and Anthony Snodgrass. As with most groups of essays, the quality is mixed. Nevertheless, each is thought provoking and the collection as a whole is highly recommended as stimulating reading for anyone interested in Greek archaeology.


**** ENGLISH ****


In her introductory chapters, the author compares the average Western diet with that of the Mediterranean and demonstrates clearly how imbalanced that of the more industrialized countries has become. Her conclusions are simple: not only can you improve your health and lengthen your life by changing to a Mediterranean diet, but you can also lose weight while enjoying satisfying and varied meals. At the heart of the book are over 100 delicious recipes drawn from all over the region. This book is more than a cookbook and much more than a diet book. It is an exciting introduction to a new way of eating based on the wisdom of an ancient way of life.
128 pages, 8.2x10.2 inches, Cloth, $24.95

MEDITERRANEAN HOT, by Aglaia Kremezi The book features 60 healthy recipes collected by the author in her travels around the Mediterranean, a region with abundant hot and spicy dishes. The recipes in this collection are easy to prepare and use widely available ingredients. Many dishes are low in fat, because their spiciness makes them flavorful without fat. Discover an unexpected aspect of a popular cuisine with tasty, simple, and healthy recipes.
111 pages, 7.8x8.7 inches, Cloth, $ 19.95


This book is filled with delicious recipes and familiar condiments that can be used to infuse sunny Mediterranean flavors into meals all year. Drawing on customs that extend back to ancient times, the author explores traditional seasonings and preserved foods from around the Mediterranean, weaving together historical, mythological, and botanical information. She presents seventy recipes from Italy, Spain, Greece, the Eastern Mediterranean, and North Africa that incorporate distinctive herbs, spices, and flavoring.
143 pages, 8.3x9.2 inches, Cloth $ 25.00

**** GREEK ****

LAIKO PARAMYTHI KAI PARAMYTHADES STHN ELLADA, Koivotnta Portarias, Pnliou. epimeleia: B. Avagnwstopoulos

Ta keimeva pou apartizouv tov tomo eivai oi eisngnseis tou suvedriou pou egive stnv Portaria Pnliou, tov Maio tou 1993, me thema "Laiko Paramuthi kai paramuthades stnv Ellada", to opoio orgavwse o pavepistnmiakos B. Avagnwstopoulos.

Sto suvedrio parousiastikav apo eidikous kai sumperilambavovtai sta praktika zntnmata thewrias kai ermnveias tou paramuthiou, o favtastikos kosmos tou, eksetastnkav oi oroi tns avabiwsns tns texvns tou afngntn-paramutha stnv epoxn mas kai to thema tns afngnsns tou paramythiou sto spiti. Dev paramelnthnke n paidagwgikn snmasia tou, evw parousiastnkav kai themata istorikotntas tou paramuthiou kai oi sxeseis tou me alla eidn tns logotexvias.

H snmasia tou suvedriou kai twv praktikwv eivai megaln, av avalogistoume oti to paramuthi, eva spoudaio eidos tns proforikns paradosns (tns laikns mas logotexvias), me tnv politistikn kai texvologikn avaptuksn tns epoxns mas, alla kai me tis vees sunthnkes diabiwsns, exei xasei tis pnges pou to dnmiourgouv, to suvthrouv kai to avaparagouv.
216 selides, 1995

TO MHKOS THS NYXTAS, MAKRONHSOS '48-'50, tou Leftern Raftopoulou

H marturia tou Raftopoulou exei logotexvikn aksia. Ta poinmata-ivtermedia, ta opoia paremballovtai sto kuriws swma tns marturias-xrovikou, epikurwvouv tn leitourgia tou eidous kai suvomilouv m' auto. Eivai duo kosmoi se avtipalotnta: apo tn mia to vtokoumevto bias kai apo tnv alln o pointns-politikos kratoumevos.

O suggrafeas exei aisthavthei pavw sto petsi tou tov bourdoula twv basavistwv kai grafovtas gia tous basavistes kai ta basanistnria, apospa eva kommati apo tnv pragmatikotnta kai tns divei vonma. Mporeis va grapseis gia tov thavato; Mporeis, apavtaei o Radtopoulos: "Edw / Zumwvetai to mauro xarti / gia tis auriaves selides / tns Istorias". Mauro to xarti. Fwteiva ta grammata; Isws tnv auriavn vuxta va mas fwtizei n Makrovnsos eksakolouthntika.
216 selides, 1994

O PALAMAS KAI TO THEATRO, tou Balter Pouxver

O kathngntns theatrologias se Bievvn kai Athnva divei me tnv ogkwdei movografia tou to theatriko proswpo tou Kwstn Palama, eva proswpo av oxi paragvwrismevo, wstoso ligotero gvwsto. O suggrafeas tou evos dramatikou ergou, tns "Triseugevns", tns opoias n avalusn alla kai n diaxrovikn tns proslnpsn katalambavoun to kuriws swma tou meletnmatos, parousiazetai episns kai mesa apo to theatrologiko kai dramatologiko tou ergo. O Palamas upnrkse oxi movo oksuderkestatos dektns twv vewv reumatwv tns ellnvikns kai eurwpaikns sknvns, alla kai diatupwse evav evdiaferovta thewrntiko logo pou strafnke kata twv kathierwmevwv kai emporikwv movtelwv theatrikns grafns, avtiproteivovtas eva "theatro twv idewv" kai upostnrizovtas tn theatrikotnta tou "pointikou dramatos" eoidiwkovtas tautoxrova tnv avagvwrisn tns "Triseugevns" tnv opoia n suvtnrntikn kai nmimathns kritikn tns epoxns xaraktnrise ws avtitheatrikn. Eva biblio pou sumplnrwvei upeuthuva tnv eikova gia tov magalo Kwstn Palama.
384 selides, 1995


  1. H Bradutnta, by M. Kouvtera
  2. To Traivo me tis Fraoules, by G. Ksanthoulns
  3. To Periptero, by D. Gkiwvh
  4. H Proba tou Nyfikou, by N. Giannakopoulou
  5. Dytika tns Lypns, by O. Elytns
  6. Amav Amav by A. Papadakn
  7. Deka Mythoi kai mia Istoria, by N. Papandreou
  8. Gkriza Politeia, by M. Lampadaridou
  9. Pou Pia Kairos, by I. Kapavtan
  10. O Xoreutns stov Elaiwva, by Th. Grngoriadns


  1. American Aphrodite, by C. Callinicos
  2. Ellinika Twra 1+1, by Demetra Marineta
  3. From a Traditional Greek Kitchen, by Aphrodite Polemis
  4. Pocket Oxford Greek Dictionary, by J. T. Ping
  5. Alexander the Great, A Novel, by Nikos Kazantzakis
  6. Aesop for Children, illustrated by Milo Winter
  7. At the Palace of Knossos, by Nikos Kazantzakis
  8. Small Bird Tell Me, by Helen Papanikolas
  9. Yes, You Can Cook Greek, by Georgia Lyras
  10. Modern Greece: A Short History, by C. M. Woodhouse



June 27 - August 23 * New York, NY - EXHIBITION

The Alexander S. Onassis Center, New York University, will present a photo exhibition entitled "Stewards of the Land": A Photographic History of the American Farm School." The exhibit portrays the development of the Farm School, as well as rural Greek life, over the course of this century. An opening reception will be held on June 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, 58 West 10th St. For information call 212-998-3990.

July 11 - August 15 * New York, NY - GALLERY TALKS

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will hold a series of gallery talks in the newly completed Belfer court of the Greek and Roman Art exhibition galleries. Talks are scheduled on July 11, 16 and 30; and August 7 and 15.

July 15 * Athens, Greece - CONCERT

As part of this summers Athens Festival, the Scandinavian saxophone player Jan Garbarek will perform at the Herod Atticus Theater. The Athens Festival box office is located at 4 Stadiou St. For tickets and information call (011) 301-322-1459 or 301-322-2111-19 and ask for extension 240.

July 19 * Epidavros, Greece - THEATER

The Karolos Kuhn theater will perform Euripide's "Alkistis." The box office of the ancient Epidavros theater can be reached at (011) 0753-22-006.

July 20 * Astoria, NY - COMMEMORATION

To commemorate the twenty-second anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, the Justice for Cyprus Committee, Cyprus Federation of America and the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus will hold a lecture at the Hellenic Cultural Center at 7:00 PM. A film depicting the Cyprus tragedy will also be screened. Admission is free. For further information, call 908-531-3100.

July 20 * New York, NY - READING

The Greek American Writer's Association will present an open reading at the Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St. (between West 4th and Bleecker St.), 6 to 8 PM. The entry fee of $5 includes one drink. Writers of any level are invited.

July 25-27 * Toronto, Canada - CONFERENCE

St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church will sponsor a free Orthodox Conference on the theme of the "Constantinian Era." Lectures will include topics on the life of St. Constantine, St. Athanasios and the Arian controversy, and St. Anthony and Egyptian monasticism. For further information, contact Fr. Panagiotes Carras, 1223 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, ON M6H2Y1, Canada. or E-mail at 71564.3264@compuserve.com.

August 11-25 Provincetown, MA - EXHIBIT

The Long Point Gallery will sponsor an exhibition of bronze sculptures and works on paper by the internationally known sculptor Dimitri Hadzi. For information call (508) 487-1795.

August 17 * New York, NY - READING

The Greek American Writers' Association will present an open reading at the Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St. (between West 4th and Bleecker St.), 6 to 8 PM. The entry fee of $5 includes one drink. All writers of any level are welcome to read up to ten minutes. For further information, call (212) 989-9318.

August 29 * Athens, Greece - CONCERT

Veteran Rocker Patti Smith, will perform at the Lycabettus Theater. For ticket information contact the box office at (011) 301-722-7233.


This newsletter is made possible by the members of the Hellenic Literature Society who have contributed towards its publication, and by the support of:

Cosmos Publishing Company - NJ, 201-664-3494:
Books of Greek subject matter in English and in Greek. (Mail order worldwide)

Foundation for Hellenic Culture - NY, 212-308-6908
Non-profit organization supporting Greek cultural activities.

The GreekAmerican - NY, 718-626-7676:
Weekly Newspaper (in English)

Greek American Women's Network - NJ, 201-944-4127
Provides support, contacts and shared information to women of Greek heritage.

Hellenic American Educators - NY, 212-777-7502
Educational organization affiliated with the United Federation of Teachers.

The Hellenic American Network - NJ, 201-664-3494:
Mail order advertising, reaching over 1,000,000 Greek-Americans and 120,000 Greek-Canadians.


Australia           20             Japan                2
Brazil               1             Mexico               1
Canada              36             Netherlands          5
Cyprus               2             New Zealand          2
Denmark              6             Norway               4
Finland              5             Portugal             1
France               8             Singapore            2
Georgia              1             Slovenija            1
Germany              7             South Africa         1
Greece              37             Spain                2
Hong Kong            1             Sweden               2
Hungary              3             Switzerland          3
Ireland              2             Turkey               2
Israel               6             United Kingdom      43
Italy                3             United States      421

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