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August 1, 1996 - Year: 2, Issue: 31



The Tenth Conference of The Australian Association for Byzantine Studies wil be held at the Australian National University in Canberra Friday April 25th to Sunday 27th,1997.

The Association's conference visitor will be Nancy Sevcenko, author of "The Life of St Nicholas in Byzantine Art" (1982) and co-author of a translation of the life of this saint who performed miracles at sea. She has published a catalogue of the illustrated manuscripts of the Metaphrastian menologion (1990) and was associate editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium (1991).

The final date for offering a paper will be December 13th and a synopsis of approx. 300 words must be submitted by March 1st, 1997 to be circulated with the draft program prior to the conference. PLEASE RETURN ASAP TO THE CONVENER: Dr Ann Moffatt, Art History Department, ANU, Canberra, ACT 0200 Phone: (61) 6-249.2901 (W) or 6-247.4783 (H); Fax: (61) 6-249.2705 Email: Ann.Moffatt@anu.edu.au

**** 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.

PROGRAM (updated)

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
Sampling of estate wines from Greece by Athenee Importers & Distributors Ltd.

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

Session 13. The Essence of Hellenism 5:35 - 6:05 pm
Liana Theodoratou - New York University

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

7:00 pm Exhibit closes

**** Lambros G. Johnson Memorial Scholarship ****

K. Ragousis - Drexel College was awarded the 1996 L.G. Johnson Memorial Scholarship. Persons of at least fifty percent Greek or Cypriot origin, currently enrolled or considering enrolling at Drexel may be eligible for the scholarship. For further information regarding administration procedures and financial aid at Drexel, call the Admossions Office at 1-800-2Drexel.


The national chairman and committee chairperson , Thomas C. Kyrus and Alexandra Lappas respectively, of the Makarios Scholarship/Theodore and Wally Lappas Award and the Makarios Scholarship/Peter G. and Bess Kolasntis Decker Award announced the award recipients for the academic year 1996-97.

The following students will receive scholarship aid: E. Christophi - Baruch College, A. Demetriou - Jersey City State College, M. Economidou - University of Georgia, N. Hassapis - Old Dominion University, A. Kyprianou - St. George's School of Medicine, C. Kyriacou - Hunter College, P. Panayides - University of Kansas, Deacon A, Perdikis - Holy Cross Greek Orthodox school of Theology, K. Philippou - Miami Dade Community College, and A. Zakou - St. John's University.

The Peter G. and Bess Kolantis Award for $1,000 was given to S. Stavridou - Indiana University. The Thomas and Elaine Kyrus Endowment Award for $1,000 was given to E. Koufalidou - College of Turism & Management, Cyprus. Lastly the Cyprus Children's Fund Scholarship Endowment awarded $1,000 to A.D. Ladeas - University of S. Dakota.

Applications for the 1997-1998 academic year will be available in January 1997. For information about applications and procedures, contact the Cyprus Children's Fund at 13 E 40th St, New York, NY 10016.


"Russian Society and the Greek Revolution" by Theophilus C, Prousis

Reviewed by Yannis Kotsonis, New York University

(reprinted by permission of the Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora)

Theophilus Prousis' central point is that many educated Russians during the first third of the nineteenth century believed that "Russia had a mission to protect Orthodox Christians" and that this ethos converged with European Phillellenism and a classical revival movement to produce widespread support for the Greek Revolution. Most of the book documents the nature and extend of that support, drawing in part on newly accessible archives in provincial Russia. Since many of the people he describes were ethnic Greeks involved in Russian governments and trade, the book delves substantially into the cultural and nationalistic politics of Greek communities in Russia and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Most readers are aware that Aleksandr I was torn between protecting coreligionists in the Ottoman Empire and maintaining the integrity of established regimes, but Prousis shows how top officials of the foreign ministry expressed similar dilemmas. Among them were ethnic Greeks like Kapodistrias who argued for cultural preservation rather than overt revolution. It was only the fait accompli of the Greek uprising in Moldavia (led by Ypsilantis, also of the Russian Foreign Ministry until 1821) and subsequent repression that induced many to declare themselves in favor of Greek independence and Russian military intervention. Aleksandr I and Nicholas I avoided using Greek national cause, either in relations with the Ottoman Empire or to rally support at home. Prousis argues that the absence of an emotive rallying point helps explain the apathy of educated society when war broke out in 1828. In the final chapter, Prousis suggests that these tensions prestaged similar developments in the 1850s, when Russia went to war over its protectorship of Ottoman Christians, and in the 1870s, when Aleksandr II declared war almost unwillingly in the midst of public expressions of Orthodox and Slavic mission.

Beyond foreign policy, the government sponsored and organized relief for thousands of refugees who arrived from the Ottoman Empire after 1821, and encouraged a semi-official campaign to buy and resettle the survivors of the Chios and Psara massacres being sold into slavery in the 1820s. These efforts "reinforced the protectorship of Orthodox subjects in Ottoman lands, promoted Greek settlement in Southern Russia, and enhanced the prospect of Russia's influence in liberated Greece" (p. 82). Prousis investigates in great detail the public contributions to the relief efforts, and concludes that support for the Greek cause constituted a "groundswell" encompassing urban and rural Russian elite, Russian serfs, Greek communities, Catholic Poles, and Lutheran Balts.

In three chapters dealing respectively with Russia's classical revival movement, Russian writers and Pushkin, the author painstakingly extracts references to Greece and the Greek revolution from Known and obscure writings, showing how different allusions could be used within different agendas: in the official, legitimist rhetoric of officialdom claiming to protect coreligionists; in widespread evocations of Spartan martial tradition; in the writings of reformists who used Athenian allusions to praise the halting reforms of Aleksandr I; and in the works of writers who noted the hypocrisy of Philhellenism in a country of autocracy, serfdom, and endemic poverty.

The evidence of extensive commercial and cultural links among Greek communities in central and South Russia and the eastern Mediterranean is highly suggestive of concepts of space and region that straddled state boundaries. Readers will be struck by the appearance of so many well known Greek merchant, phanariote, and literary figures active in or passing through Russian cities, among them Gennadios, Inglezis, Koumas, Koumparis, Oikonomos, Palaiologos, Rallis, and Zosimas. Many of them came together in the "Philiki Etaireia" and the "Philomousos Etaireia," both founded and based in Odessa. The Russian government dissociated itself from the overly revolutionary spirit through its support for Greek education and cultural institutions and its recruitment of Greeks into its forces in the Balkans and the Ionian Republic.

The uncritical employment of basic analytic categories - nation, society, and state - presents conceptual problems. Prousis assumes the existence of a Greek nation in 1821, and characters appear and disappear as members of this same well-understood entity and act in "natural expectation(s) of their Greek identity." Particularly in this time period, one can guess that Greeks were involved less in the "preservation of their national identity," and more with its construction. It would be fascinating to consider the reinvention of Capo d'Istria as Kapodistrias, the Carfiote aristocrat turned tsarist Foreign Minister dubious of any national revolution, and later the President of independent Greece. The case of the community in South Russia that spoke Tatar and wrote in Tatar using the Greek alphabet (p. 13) is also suggestive: the author treats them as a variety of Greek, rather than as an invitation to explore the construction of a national identity. At issue is not Greek national identity as such, but the ways in which any identity is constructed, the nouns and adjectives given meaning, and the collectivity defined with inclusions and exclusions.

The neat dichotomy of Russian "state and society" relies on categories that are open to question, given their extensive overlap (Where the army officers who sympathized with the Revolution state or society?). Indeed, Prousis evidence suggests that the Greek Revolution divided the tsar within himself and officials and literary figures among themselves. This seems to reinforce the conclusions of historians who argue that officialdom and the educated public did not necessarily act as separate and antagonistic collectives, but partook of the same culture, participated in the same debates, and were divided along lines that traversed the boundaries of state and society.

These reservations will concern only those interested in conceptual questions. Otherwise, Prousis succeeds marvelously in detailing the extent and variety of support for the Greek cause and the politics of Russia's Greek communities. Readers interested in the history of Russia and the Eastern Mediterranean in the first third of the nineteenth century will be grateful for a work that provides easy reference and a comprehensive introduction to the topic at hand.


**** ENGLISH ****

COUNT YOUR WAY THROUGH GREECE, by Jim Haskins, illustrated by Janice Lee Porter

Count your way from one to ten through Greece, the birthplace of Aristotle and the Olympic Games, a land of ancient temples and modern cities. Readers atr introduced to Greece as they learn to count to ten in Greek. The simple, appealing text is accompanied by the delightful illustrations of the artist.
22 pages, 1996, Cloth

ORTHODOX BAPTISMAL NAMES, by Matushka Melania Adamcio

This book is a resource of nearly 100,000 names suitable for Orthodox Christians. It is designed to offer a comprehensive variety of Orthodox Baptismal names with their meanings, Scriptural references, calendar of saints, and ethnic variations; including Greek, Russian, Slavic and every other ethnic variation possible.
152 pages, 1994, Paper

THE WAY OF THE PILGRIM, translated by Olga Savin

The prayer of the heart, or the "Jesus prayer," is a practice that comes from the tradition of Eastern Christian spirituality. Its fruits are detachment from all anxious cares, enlightnment of the intellect, and a heart that bubbles over with love for all creation.

This book is an intimate firsthand account of a life illuminated by the prayer. Its anonymous narrator, carrying little more than a Bible, some dried bread, and a prayer rope, walked across nineteenth-century Russia repeating it, recording his experiences in his effort to put into practice the words of Saint Paul, "Pray without ceasing."

In the words of Jacob Needleman, author of "Lost Christianity", "The Way of Pilgrim is one of the most influential spiritual biiks of the last hundred years. It is one of those rare books that can make a difference in a person's life."
137 pages, 1996, Paper

**** GREEK ****


Me eilikrivia kai tmiotnta, n gvwstn politikos kavei mia avaskopnsn tou guvaikeiou kivnmatos, twv diekdiknsewv, twv epiteugmatwv kai twv lathwv. Pistn stis posostwseis, stnv evvoia tns guvaikeias allnlegguns, kata tns bolikns thaumatopoinsns twv guvaikwv, pistn stis duvatotntes oloklnrwsns tou agwva gia katoxurwseis kai ousiastikn isotnta me tous avtres. Protaseis gia mia eksoikeiwsh twv guvaikwv me thv eksousia. Par' ola auta, leipei n avafora sto peoapaitoumevo tns paideiasws koivwvikopointikou mnxavismou, uparxei avtifatikotnta ws pros to pragmatiko zntoumevo (se ti, arage, bonthnse to movtelo Thatser h Tsiler sto "diaforopoinmevo" proswpo tns eksousias;), uparxei paragkwvismos av oxi agvoia tou vonmatos pou divei n sugxrovn epistnmn stnv evvoia tou koivwvikou fullou.


Psnfides evos agwva tov opoio oi agglikes duvameis sukofavtnsav kai oi ethvikofroves thulakes upovomeusav mexri eksovtwsews twv prwtagwvistwv tou. To biblio avaferetai se mia periodo kata tnv opoia ta egxwria pathn tnw Elladas metaferthnkav sto eswteriko twv ellnvikwv strateumatwv sth M. Avatoln. Arthra pou graftnkav ekeivn tnv epoxn alla kai metagevestera, marturies prwtagwvistwv, vtokoumevta pou prwtn fora blepouv to fws tns dnmosiotntas kai proswpografies paragovtwv tns antistasns apotelouv to uliko autou tou mikrou, alla kalaisthntou bibliou.
103 selides, 1995


Saravta pevte keimeva, pou avaferovtai stnv topografia kai tnv istoria tns Thessalovikns, apo tnv prwimn Tourkokratia mexri kai tnv Katoxikn periodo. Prokeitai gia tnv "istoriografia mias polns pou prospathei va apoktnsn upostasn tnv teleutaia dekaetia, exovtas mprosta tns dromo arketo va diavusei", snmeiwvei eustoxa o kathnghtns Giwrgos Avastasiadns stov prologo tou.

Mesa apo tnv "aktivografia" topwv, ekklhsiwv, ktiriwv, dromwv, eggrafwv, proswpwv, efnmeridwv kai diadikasiwv, o Xekimoglou me ta keimeva autou tou tomou parakolouthei tnv oikovomikn kai koivwnikh gewgrafia tns Thessalovikns apo tnv othwmanikn kataktnsn mexri kai to mesopolemo. Polla apo ta keimeva auta stnrizovtai se avekdotes pnges, evw alla epavadiapragmateuovtai ta porismata tns gnwstns bibliografias.

H Thessalovikn alla kai o topos exei avagkn apo tetoia biblia pou sumballouv se mia dnmiourgikotern sxesn twv avthrwpwv me thv poln tous.
483 selides, 1996


  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. Ellinika Twra 1+1, by Demetra Marineta
  2. Timeless Myths, illustrated by Roger Payne
  3. Aesop for Children, illustrated by Milo Winter
  4. Odyssey, illustrated by Roger Payne
  5. The World my Church, by John Chryssavgis
  6. The Great Alexander the Great, by Joe Lasker
  7. Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Tessa Hamilton
  8. Greek Cookery, by Nikos Tselementes
  9. The Greeks: Illustrated World History, by Susan Peach
  10. From a Traditional Greek Kitchen, by Aphrodite Polemis



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.

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 17 * New York, NY - THEATER

As part of this season's Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors free summertime festival, The Boston Puppeteers' Cooperative will perform a puppet version of the Iliad and the Odyssey at 6:00 pm at the Fountain Plaza at Lincoln Center. For information call 212-875-5108.

August 24 * San Diego, CA - TOURNAMENT

The Hellenic Cultural Society of San Diego will sponsor a Backgammon Tournament in the Cypress Room, adjacent to St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox church, 3655 Park Blvd. Matches begin at 9:30 am and will terminate at 8 pm with an awards ceremony. Entry fee and dinner is $50. For further information, call 619-582-5873.

August 28-29 * Athens, Greece - CONCERT

As part of this summer's Athens Festival, the Vienna Classical Players, featuring soloist Birgit Kolar, will perform at the Herod Atticus theater. The Athens Festival box office is located at 4 Stadiou Street. For ticket availability, call 011-322-1459 or 322-2111-19 ext. 240.

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               9             Singapore            2
Germany              7             Slovenija            1
Greece              37             South Africa         1
Hong Kong            1             Spain                2
Hungary              3             Sweden               3
Ireland              2             Switzerland          3
Israel               6             Turkey               2
Italy                3             United Kingdom      43
                                   United States      431

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