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.
Archers: Athens’ Technicolour Police Force
Athens had a peculiar ‘police force’. They imported a troop of enslaved
Scythians, brightly costumed warrior nomads from north of the Black Sea, and
tasked them with maintaining order in assemblies and arresting criminals. These
slaves could even lay hands on freeborn citizens. This lecture examines who
these Scythians were, when and where the Greeks encountered them, why Athens
allowed to slaves the authority of ‘policemen’, and why Athens tapped the
distant Scythia for this labour.
November 28, 2016 @ 7:30
the Queen and the Legend
VII, last queen of Ptolemaic Egypt, and one of the most famous women in
history, continues to fascinate. This illustrated talk of her life and
times will also look at the legends of a femme fatale which have grown up
around her over the centuries.
developments in positive psychology and related disciplines are indebted to the
ancient Greek account of "happiness" and the well-lived life. This talk will explore Greek philosophical
ideas about happiness, and how they can still be relevant to our lives today.
2 May, 2016 at 7:30pm
of the Island of Chios
Karasouli-Milobar with Dimitrios Kontogiannis and the Zefyros Hellenic Dancers
talk will trace the folklore-year of the island of Chios, a journey through the
months and seasons with stops along the way to learn about local
customs, traditions, legends and pastimes. Dimitrios Kontogiannis and the Zefyros Hellenic Dancers will perform representative dances from Chios and the region.
Pharos programme for 2015/16 concludes with our traditional gala evening featuring
music, folklore, and dance. Pharos member Sophia, the author of
"Remembering Old Times: the folklore of the village of Vasileoniko [Chios]"; will introduce us to customs
and traditions of this beautiful island, and share with us some of her collection of old photographs. Dimitrios and his dancers are old
friends, and it will be wonderful to have them back with us.
note that this presentation will take place one week later than usual in order
to avoid a conflict with Orthodox Easter Celebrations.
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.