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A NEWSLETTER OF GREEK LITERATURE & CULTURE PROVIDED BY THE HELLENIC LITERATURE SOCIETY A non-profit organization E-mail address: GreekBooks@worldnet.att.net. Post Office Address: P.O. Box 2272, River Vale, NJ 07675 Tel. 201-666-7374; Fax 201-664-3402 November 1, 1996 - Year: 2, Issue: 37






The Isthmia games of antiquity are getting a new lease of life, this time on the other side of the world, in the Hume Municipality in the state of Victoria, Australia. The city's decision to revive the games is based on drawing tourists from around Australia and abroad, especially in the year 2000 when Sydney hosts the Olympics. The games - including chariot racing, track and field events, a pentathlon, Greco-Roman wrestling and other events were held October 18-20.


The City of Athens will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Dimitris Mitropoulos' birth in November with a photographic exhibition, concerts and the unveiling of a bust of the celebrated maestro, created by sculptor Thanassis Apartis. The bust was donated by Apartis' widow and will be placed in the square in front of the Athens conservatory, which Mitropoulos had attended as a student and where he had taught afterwards. Major cultural figure of the century, Mitropoulos played a role in creating a permanent Symphonic Orchestra in Athens, later known as KOA, directed orchestras even in suburban squares in the capital and inspired the holding of concerts in ancient Greek theaters.


The Department of Classics, Greek, and Latin of Wayne State University in Detroit seeks to make a one-year appointment in Modern Greek Studies, rank to be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will teach courses at the university level in Modern Greek language and culture and related subjects, depending on qualifications. The person who fills the position will also have departmental service responsibilities as appropriate. Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. in a suitable field in hand or expected by Fall 1997; teaching experience at the university level. Send dossiers by November 22, 1996 to Kathleen McName, Chair, Department of Classics, Greek, and Latin, Wayne State Unviersity, Detroit, Michigan 48202. Telephone (313) 577-3032. kmcname@cms.cc.wayne.edu


The Greek Culture Ministry will purchase the statue of Nobel prize poet Odysseas Elytis, which will be created by sculptor Yiannis Pappas. The statue will be unveiled in Thessaloniki during events marking the "Cultural Capital of '97," when a major exhibition will be presented and dedicated to the celebrated poet. The disclosure was made at a press conference recently by Greek Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos, who said "the Culture Ministry is liberal and supportive of creators."


"Country Home," a film directed by Layia Yourgou and set in Crete, has won the prize for the most popular film at the 9th International Women's Cinema Festival. The film came first in audience preference from 90 films screened at the festival and revolves around the history of a former resistance fighter and writer whose unresolved differences with the past lead to the decision to write a book. The film stars George Konstas, Smaragda Smyrnaiou, Eva Vlahakou and others. Layia Yourgou was born in Iraklion, Crete and studied film at the London International Film School. She worked as a film critic on newspaper and magazines and started directing in 1980. A total of nine films directed by Greek women were shown at the festival as part of the "Greek Women's Cinema" retrospective.


In the weekend of November 9-10 Nov 1996 a conference will be hosted in Nicosia, Cyprus on Cypriot Monasticism. Speakers include the Bishop of Riruta (Kenya) Makarios, the abbott of Machairas monastery Athanasios, mr.Andreas Yakovlevic and about 20 other theologians, byzantinologists and researchers. Subjects will circle around the St.Neophytos recluse in Paphos, history of monasticism, monastic typika, relationship of Cyprus monastics to slavic ones and Mt.Athos etc. The language will be greek, anyone wishing for copies of papers please give me subjects and I will see what I can get from the speakers. Anyone wishing for the complete schedule will have a hard time, as it is printed on dark blue paper which cannot be xeroxed, but if people insist I will write it to the list myself (just make sure you tell me which list you are writing from). The conference will be held in the Kykko research center, Archangelos Nicosia (from the first traffic lights west to Troodos).


"Religion in the Ancient Greek City." by Louise Bruit Zaidman and Pauline Schmitt Pandel. Translated by Paul Cartledge. 278 pages, 1992

Reviewed by Angelos Chaniotis - Department of Classics, New York University (Reprinted by permission of the Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora)

The aim of this book, originally published in French in 1989, is to offer to students and to interested nonspecialists an introduction to Greek religion based on current interpretative models. In this field of scholarship monographs dedicated to specific aspects of the religious practices of the Greeks abound, but reliable handbooks for nonspecialists are a rarity. This handy volume undoubtedly meets this demand, at the same time presenting to the specialist a refreshing approach to old questions. In his intriguing and witty introduction, P. Cartledge, whose contribution goes far beyond offering a good translation of the French, sketches the differences between religion(s) of today and the religion of the Greek "polis," illustrating with several interesting examples the "otherness" of the Greek approach to religious matters (women serving as priestesses, the lack of doctrinally authoritative sacred books, the lack of vocationally recruited priests, the acceptance of nudity, the lack of a religious education). Cartledge and the book's authors advocate an emancipation from the "Christianizing assumptions" which tantalized earlier research, stressing the necessity of a "cultural estrangement" for the study of Greek religion. In terms of method, the new book follows the French school of a sociohistorical approach to religion that has offered significant contributions especially to the interpretation of myths and divinities. Consequently, the works of this school's representatives (e.g. L. Gernet, J.P. Vernant, M. Detienne) occupy a prominent (perhaps too prominent) position in the bibliography. The book's chronological limits (750-330 B.C.) are perhaps somewhat narrow, leaving out the Hellenistic age, which not only provides reliable documentary material but also presents, in many cases, the culmination of religious trends rooted in the classical period. In the introduction the authors argue for the necessity of cultural estrangement in Greek religion, offer excellent definitions of fundamental religious notions (the sacred, purity-pollution, piety-impiety), and present the basic sources of evidence (literary texts, inscriptions, archaeological data). I would have expected a much more detailed discussion, one that would focus on the "problems" the source material for the archaic and classical period presents (one-sided interest in mythology, limited reliability of later sources, polemic character of the information given by the patristic sources, etc.). Knowing the deficiencies of the source material, a student of Greek religion is better prepared to understand the problems of reconstruction and interpretation presented in the rest of the book. The extreme conciseness of this part will probably make an excessive demand on the student and nonspecialist, who could ask what might late lexicographers, whose names and works are not mentioned, contribute to the study of Greek religion. A serious difficulty faced especially by students and interested nonspecialists is finding additional and new biographical material. Only in the three years since the publication of the book, the bibliography has been enriched with numerous monographs dealing with central aspects of this book. References to the existing resources of keeping track of the new research would have been welcome. The authors included three texts written by J. Rudhardt and J.P. Vernant in the introduction which illustrate modern approaches to Greek religion. Since quotations from the works of the Cambridge School, M.P. Nilsson, or W. Burkert are not given, the contrast to other approaches remains somewhat indistinct. The core of the book is its second part, devoted to cult practices. The most important rituals (sacrifice, libation, prayer), the duties and the mode of selection of religious personnel, the places of cult and their equipment, the various rites of passage (birth rites, rites related to the entry into the words of the adult and the citizen, initiation rituals of young girls, marriage, death, afterlife), the settings of religious life (households, demoi, tribes, religious associations), some aspects of the interaction between religious and political life (patron deities, foundation of cities, oracles, space organization), the celebration of festivals (sacred calendars, procession, sacrifice, agon, theater), and the major Panhellenic cults (Olympia, Delphi, Asklepieion at Epidauros, Eleusis are presented here with clarity and a good sense of selectivity. The authors always focus on the social and political contexts of cult practices. This is particularly clear in the chapter about the Greek "rites of passage," which encompasses the rituals performed in crucial moments in the life-cycle of free Greek men and women. By placing the common notion of "popular religion" with the notion of "rites of passage" (p. 63), the authors enable the reader to understand the significance of these rituals. We should also mention here the excellent selection of sources in translation, which invigorate the presentation. An introductory book for a general audience has to be selective, and so the exclusion of various aspects of cult practices, which one might wish in this volume (e.g., short discussions of the prayer's typical structure, of ritual gestures, of oaths, of inventories, of the religious life of slaves, of curse) can easily be justified. Another result of this selectivity is more disturbing. Despite the book's declared aim to avoid "Athenocentricity" (p. xv), Athens receives more space here, even in chapters for which other Greek cities provide an abundance of very often reliable documentary evidence. In the chapters about festivals, officials, rites of passage, religion, and political life, to mention only the most important examples, the authors missed a unique opportunity to acquaint their readers with evidence outside classical Athens and to show the diversity of Greek religious practices. Crete, for example, provides excellent written and visual evidence for "rites of passage" of young men in the period under study; sacred magistracies are particularly well known, for example, in Rhodes and several cities of Asia Minor; one of the most detailed descriptions of the duties of a priest is to be found in an inscription from the Amphiaraos sanctuary at Oropos; the sacred calendar of no other city is so complete as that of Athens, but information about individual festivals comes from other regions, too (e.g., Daidala in Boiotia and Hyakinthia in Sparta); finally, the financial and political weight of sanctuaries is well attested and studied in Southern Italy and Sicily. An example of the generalizations to which the exorcised but still latent Athenocentricity may lead can be found in relation to the distribution of the meat of sacrificed animals; the authors underline the correspondence of this practice to the ideological model of "isonomia" (p. 36), which, however, does not apply to every Greek city - and not even to every period of Athenian history. The third part of this book deals with myths and mythology (cosmogonies, theogonies, the Hesiodic myth of races, myths od sacrifice) and the polytheistic character of Greek religion. It is in these two fields that the authors' mentors, J.P. Vernant and M. Detienne, have revolutionized modern research, and it is only natural that these chapters are the best in the book. The authors illustrate with several well chosen examples the French school's approach to the Greek pantheon. Short studies on divinities of marriage and of cunning intelligence, on Apollo and Dionysus, and on the pantheon of an individual city (Mantineia) illustrate the way this methodological approach explores neglected sides of Greek polytheism. However, given the deficiencies, ambiguities, and contradictions of our sources, the almost positivistic confidence to the possibilities of this method (or of any method) is not justifiable. This analysis of the Greek pantheon is followed by a discussion of the different ways of representing the divine and the rituals. The book ends, somewhat awkwardly, with a fourth part that consists of conclusions and reflections on the development of the Greek notion of cuxAE and on continuity and change in Greek religion. Both subjects are simply too important to be treated in merely four pages, and the discussion remains inadequate. Two appendices illustrate the basic features of the classical Greek temple and present the monuments on the Athenian Acropolis. A selective, sufficiently representative bibliography (269 titles) and an index conclude the volume. Admittedly, had the authors treated all the questions a reader interested in Greek religion might ask in their book, they wouldn't have produced this useful, handy, and affordable volume. In general, they have succeeded in their aim to present students and a more general audience all essential features of Greek religion with clarity, accuracy, a good sense of selectivity, and, in certain cases, with originality. The excellent selection of sources in translation and 23 illustrations contribute to the clarity and vividness of the presentation. This volume will not replace W. Burkett's monumental (sometimes idiosyncratic) "Greek Religion" as a reference book, but this volume is more suitable as a textbook due its conciseness, clarity, and wealth of illustrative material. If indeed it fulfills that goal, it is to a great extend thanks to the brilliant English translation of Paul Cartledge, who has written an introduction and has adapted the volume to the needs of an English speaking readership by also making several additions and corrections, rearranging the chapters, and enlarging the bibliography.


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EDWARD LEAR, THE CORFU YEARS, Edited by Philip Sherrard Lear's Corfu years coincide with the last years of the British Protectorate - the Ionian Islands were ceded to Greece in 1864 - and his letters and previously unpublished journals written on Corfu, from which the text of this book is composed, from a commentary, as unique as it is biting and poignant, on the modes, manners and mentality of a mid-19th century British colonial and garrison society. They also present a deeply moving account of an artist battling with his solitude and relentlessly pursuing his vocation in a world with whose values he is so much at odds. Set over against this is the incredible natural beauty of the island itself, a beauty to which Lear responds with his whole being and of which he gives us unforgettable testimony not only in his writings but also in the many watercolors and sketches that accompany the text. 244 pages, 24 tipped-in color plates and 85 black and white illustrations, 8.3x11.4 inches, Cloth

FAIR GREECE, SAD RELIC, by Terence Spencer This absorbing book presents the picture of Greece from the fall of Constantinople to the arrival of Byron as seen through the eyes of English poets, essayists and travelers. It shows that "Philhellenism" has a much longer history than most people realize, and goes back at least to the late Middle Ages. In a manner that combines scholarship and wit, narrative history and literary anecdote, fable and fantasy, the author shows how our conception of Greece has been molded by the feelings and opinions expressed by generations of writers when the country was under Turkish occupation and when its people, its temples and traditions were regarded as witnesses both to its ancient splendor and its contemporary sadness. Shakespeare, Milton, Shelley, Byron, as well as countless other half-forgotten travelers and poets, all contribute to the growth of that powerful current of Philhellenism which has become part and parcel of our western culture. 312 pages, 5.5x8.5 inches, Cloth

THE PURSUIT OF GREECE, by Philip Sherrard, photographs by Dimitri Travelers, poets, artists, even scholars, still go to Greece in search of something they feel that no other land quite offers them. Partly no doubt this is a by-product of the enormous prestige the world of ancient Greece acquired subsequent to the Renaissance; partly, too, it is due to the sheer physical beauty with which Greece presents one at practically every step. For Philip Sherrard the enigma of Greece has been virtually a lifelong preoccupation. In this anthology he tries to explore its various aspects through the writings of those who over the centuries have found in Greece not simply an object of study or a romantic haven but a challenge, an incitement and a reciprocity that have stirred the wellsprings of both heart and imagination. This book is not for complete beginners, not for travelers who, without experience of their own, might be lulled into expecting everything to be marble and wild thyme. It should be read not before but after a first visit, or during a second, when the noble and lively writing will, as it were, bring out the scent of the country. 292 pages, 32 black and white plates, 5.9x8.9 inches, Paper

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HMERONYXTIA, by Elevn Smpwkou To deutero biblio tns suggrafeas pragmateuetai tnv euforia kai tnv oduvn evos erwta, to apoluto kevo evos thavatou. Evas tuxaios erwtas katalngei se eva paidi, poluagapnmevo, to opoio omws pethaivei. H plokn dev eivai katholou suvthetn, to ergo eivai eva luriko ksespasma, mia pointikizousa proza, pou kuklwvei suvexws to thema tns, apo diaforetikes optikes gwvies oxi twv pragmatwv alla twv leksewv. To problnma eivai oti oi lekseis eivai polu xalara agkistrwmeves sta pragmata, kai to apotelesma parapaiei metaksu poinsns, prozas kai nmerologiou. 162 selides, 1996

PERIPTWSH MOLOTWF, tou Ntivou Oikovomou Eva logotexviko biblio exei mia diadromn dikn tou kathe fora, prosdiorismevn apo pollous kai diaforous paragovtes - me kurio, thewrntika, tnv aksia tou. Autn tn diadromn ki autous tous paragovtes proseggizei o suggrafeas sto muthistornma tou, me blemma dieisdutiko kai pveuma kaustiko, gia va avatrepsei tn thewrntikn autn paradoxn. Mesa apo tis selides tou, n epituxia evos bibliou emfavizetai ws apotelesma parasknviakwv diergasiwv kai ekswterikwv epembasewv, n aksiolognsn tou givetai basei kritnriwv oloklnrwtika asxetwv me tn logotexvikn aksia n apaksia tou. H kataggelia autn omws, diatupwmevn me xioumor kai stnrigmevn stnv uperboln ksefeugei apo to didaktismo kai divei sto keimevo tn dikn tou logotexvikn aksia: to muthistornma dikaiwvetai apo tov tropo kai to ufos tou suggrafea pou xeirizetai to logo kai tis eikoves me deksiotexvia. 260 selides, 1996

STHN POLYKSENH, tns Beatrikns Saias-Magrizou Me tropo ameso kai logo zwvtavo n suggrafeas mas metaferei stnv ellnvikn eparxiakn koivwvikn pragmatikotnta twv dekaetiwv tou '50 kai tou '60, alla kai sta sygxrova diamorfwmeva nthn, mesa ap' tnv ekseliktikn poreia mias oikogeveias. H nrwida, n Despoiva, xrnsimopoiei ta biwmata tns sav sumboulous kai thetei arwgo tnv povemevn psuxn tns, prosferovtas tnv aploxera s' osous tnv exouv avagkn. Kai eivai polloi autoi - pragma pou apotelei kai tnv axilleio pterva tou bibliou, afou apo tis selides tou parelauvouv biasmoi, ksulodarmos, suzugikn apistia, porveia, varkwtika, thavatnfora atuxhmata. Themata, pou mporouse to katheva apo movo tou v' apotelei uliko muthistornmatos, pou, toulaxistov av mn ti allo, tha aksiopoiouse kalutera tis afngnmatikes ikavotntes tns suggrafews. 150 selides, 1996


1. Elln Lampetn, by F. Germavos 2. To xrwma tou feggariou, by A. Papadakn 3. H bradutnta, by M. Kountera 4. Ta ravtebou me tn Simovn, by M. Bambounakn 5. To traivo me tis fraoules, by G. Ksanthoulns 6. Deka Muthoi kai mia Istoria, by N. Papandreou 7. H Korn tns Avthns Alkaiou, by F. Tsalikoglou 8. Amav Amav by A. Papadakn 9. H agapn argnse mia mera, by L. Zwgrafou 10. O xoros twv rodwv, by A. Sourouvns


1. The apple falls from the apple tree, by Helen Papanikolas 2. Small bird tell me, by Helen Papanikolas 3. From a traditional Greek kitchen, by A. Polemis 4. Greece in poetry, edited by Simoni Zafiropoulos 5. Count your way through Greece, by Jim Haskins 6. Astradeni, by Eugenia Fakinou 7. Farewell Anatolia, by Dido Sotiriou 8. Modern Greek poetry, translated by Kimon Friar 9. Red dyed hair, by Kostas Mourselas 10. The Courtyard, by A. Franghias



October 1 - March 31 * St. Petersburg, FL - EXHIBIT The Florida International Museum, 100 Second St. North, will present the American premiere of the "Alexander the Great" exhibition featuring two comprehensive collections: Macedonians: The Northern Greeks, organized by the Greek Ministry of Culture, and Alexander the Great: History and Legend, organized by the Fondazione Memmo of Rome. For more information call 813-822-3693.

November 1-3 * East Northport, NY - PERFORMANCE The St. Paraskevi Players will perform "Guys and Dolls," at Elwood Junior High School, Elwood Rd, E. Northport. Performances will begin at 7:30 pm, on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 pm, on Sunday. Tickets are $10 ($8 for Senior Citizens and children). For reservations, call 516-368-4493, or 516-266-2072.

November 2 * Toronto, CANADA - PERFORMANCE The Toronto AHEPA will hold its annual Charity Ball "A Night With the Gods" on Saturday, November 2, 1996, at the Marriott Eaton Centre Grand Ballroom, 525 Bay St.. Special Feature: an excerpt performance by the cast of Aristophanes' "Clouds". The Charity Ball will be in support of Hellenic Studies - University Permanent Chair. For information call (905) 279 8631.

November 3 * Bayside, NY - OPERA The After Dinner Opera Company at Queensborough Community College will present "Androcles and the Lion," with words and music by Seymour Barab, in the QCC Theater at 3:00 pm. The program is staged by Richard Flusser, under the musical direction of Michael Pilafian. Tickets are $2.50. For further information, call 718-631-6393 or 212-477-6212.

November 7-10 * Brookline, MA - CONFERENCE The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion will hold its 10th national conference "Sickness of Sin? Diagnosis or Discernment," at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology. The Very Reverend Philotheos Faros of Athens, will present the keynote address. For further information, call Janice Romano at 617-868-6557.

November 8 * New York, NY - READING The Alexander S. Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies at New York University is invites you to attend a Reading (in Greek and English) by Thanassis Valtinos and his translator, Jane Assimakopoulos on Friday, November 8, 1996, at 6pm. The reading will take place at the Onassis Center, 58 West 10th Street, (between 5th and 6th Ave.) New York, NY 10011. For more information, please call 212-998-3990.

November 8 * Peabody, VA - SYMPOSIUM Symposium in modern Greek studies at the University of Virginia. Peabody 106, 3:00 -5:30 pm. Welcome and Opening Remarks: John F. Miller, Acting Chair, Dept. of Classics. 3:15-3:45 Diskin Clay. Professor of Classics, Duke University; Paper: The Marble Present: The Early Poetry of George Seferis. 3:45-4:15 Maria Hatzigeorgiou; Research Associate, Department of Classics, Colgate University; Paper: Modern Greek Laments and the Hymn to Demeter: A Female Voice? 4:15-4:30 Break. 4:30-5:00 Pavlos Sfyroeras; Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Colgate University; Paper: Built on Blood. Foundation Sacrifices in Homer, Folksongs and the Poetry of George Seferis. Receptiomn ib Peabody.

November 9 * Lowell, MA - CONCERT The Hellenic Culture Society will sponsor a dual piano concert by twins Stephie and Stacy Koulouris of Athens, Greece, who will present music by Brahms, Shostakovich, Lecuona, Saint Saens, and Koukos. Cosponsored by the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the event is free for member and $5 for nonmembers. For concert time and further information, call 508-452-2185.

November 9 * Peabody, VA - READING University of Virginia Peabody 106. Readings and translations in modern Greek poetry 9:30-10:00 Coffee and refreshments. 10:00 -10:15 Welcome; Vanessa Karahalios presiding. 10:15- 10:45 Daniel Mendelsohn, Writer and Critic; Title: Love and Remembrance: Readings and Translations of Selected Poems by Constantine Cavafy. 10:45-11:15 Theocharis C. Theocharis, lecturer, Harvard University, editor, Boston Book Review. Title: Body, Remember: Readings and Translations from Selected Poems by Constantine Cavafy. 11:15-11:30 Break. 11:30-12:00. Diskin Clay, Professor of Classics, Duke University; Readings and Translations from Select Modern Greek Poets.

November 10 * Upper Darby, PA - PLAY The Center for Hellenic Studies in collaboration with St. Demetrios' Greek School of Upper Darby and the Hellenic Academy "Aristotle" is proud to present "The Grocer's Daughter" (in Greek). A play by Angelos Vlachos performed by the American Thymele Theater of New York on Sunday, November 10, 1996, 6:45 - 8:00 pm, at St. Demetrios' Church Hall, 229 Powell Lane, Upper Darby. Ticket: $10. For more information please contact Dr. Maria Gasi at (215) 732-7695

November 12, * Denver, CO - LECTURE The Hellenic-American Cultural Association of Colorado will present a lecture on "Alexander the Great ad His Legacy" by Emst Fredricksmeyer, Professor, Department of Classics, University of Colorado Boulder. The event is free and open to the public and it will be held at the Auditorium of the Hellenic Community Center of the Assumption Cathedral, 4610 East Alameda Avenue at 7:00 pm. A reception follows the program. For more information you may contact John Sofos at 970-482-7417 home, 970-491-7703 work, 970-491-0278 fax.

November 12 *New York, NY - CONCERT AND TALK The 92nd Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts will present the US premiere of "Kraanerg," the 1968 war-inspired masterwork by Greek composer, architect and war hero, Iannis Xenakis. "Kraanerg," performed by the ST-X Ensemble Xenakis USA and conducted by Charles Zachary Bornstein, will start at 8:00 pm at the Great Hall of Cooper Union, at the intersection of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue. Xenakis will discuss his life and work in a preconcert talk at 6:45 pm. For tickets and information, call 212-996-1100.

November 14-16 * New York, NY - DANCE CONCERT XIPoLYTOS Dance Theater and Lynn Brown will share an evening of New Dance at Context Theater, located at 28 Avenue A. XIPoLYTOS Dance Theater was conceived by Mariza Vinieratou and David Hinchcliffe and is based in New York's East Village. Showtimes are 8:00 pm, with an additional show at 2:00 pm on the 16th. Tickets are $10, and reservations may be made by calling 212-924-0077.

November 15-16 * Washington, DC - CONFERENCE The Hellenic American Women's Council will hold its annual conference "Empowerment Through Unity," at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Pentagon City. For further information, call Dora Hancock 703-685-7442; Barbara Pope 301-229-1748; Stacey Savva 201-944-6432.

November 17 * Cambridge, MA - LECTURE AND DEMONSTRATION The Helicon Society will sponsor "A History and Demonstration of Greek Stringed Instruments" by Chris G. Pantazelos. The program begins at 3:30 pm at The Greek Institute, 1038 Massachusetts Avenue. Admission is free. For further information, call 617-338-0001.

November 17 * San Francisco, CA - ELYTIS MEMORIAL PROGRAM The Center for Modern Greek Studies, Nikos Kazantzakis Chair at San Francisco State University, in cooperation with the Modern Greek Program of UC Berkeley, will present a memorial program honoring 1979 Nobel prize winner Odysseas Elytis who died last March. The program will include comments on the poetry of Elytis by Professor Martha Klironomos and by poet Nanos Valaoritis, recitations of Elytis' poems in Greek and in English translation, and poems of Elytis set to music by contemporary Greek composers, including Mikis Theodorakis and Yannis Markopoulos. The program will begin at 3:00 pm at the UC Berkeley International House, Golub Homeroom (Piedmont and Bancroft Streets). The public is invited. Admission is free. For further information, call the Center for Modern Greek Studies at (415) 338-1892. (e-mail: modgreek@sfsu.edu)

November 23 * Bayside, NY - CONCERT The Queensborough Orchestra at Queensborough Community College will present 15 year-old Karina Canellakis in a return engagement performing Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto" in QCC Theater at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $14; senior citizens $12. For further information, call 718-631-6311.

December 1 * Cambridge, MA - LECTURE The Helicon Society will sponsor "Elements of Enterpreneurial Success" by Chris Tsaganis. The program begins at 3:30 pm at the Greek Institute, 1038 Massachusetts Avenue. Admission s free. For further information, call 617-338-0001.


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