Greek Centre offers lecture about Archers of Classical Athens

first_imgAssociate Professor of Greek History at the University of Queensland David M. Pritchard, will present a lecture about the Archers of Classical Athens, on Thursday 6 June 2019, at the Greek Centre, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.The armed forces that Athens took into the Peloponnesian War had four distinct corps. The two that have been studied the most are the cavalry-corps and the navy. The same level of focus is now paid to the hoplite corps. In contrast to these three branches the archers continue to be largely unstudied.Indeed the last dedicated study of this corps was published in 1913. This neglect of the archers by military historians is unjustified. The creation of the archer corps in the late 480s was a significant military innovation. For the rest of the fifth century Athens constantly deployed archers in a wide range of important combat-roles. In the late 430s the state spent just as much on them as it did on the cavalry.Nevertheless this neglect explains why four problems about them remain unresolved. The first problem is why the Athenians took the unprecedented step of creating such a corps. Very few military historians recognise this as the problem that it is. The second problem is that many military archers were actually Athenian citizens. It is likely that poverty had ruled out their service as hoplites. But this leaves unexplained why they did not chose the navy, because naval service was cheaper still and earned a lot more esteem. The third problem is the role that the ten tribes played in the archer corps’s organisation. Certainly horsemen and hoplites fought in tribal units. But there is ongoing debate about whether the rest of the armed forces was organised by tribes. The fourth problem is this branch’s disappearance after only 80 years.André Plassart attempted to explain it more than a hundred years ago. Since his study epigraphy has hugely increased what we know about this branch. This new evidence shows that Plassart’s explanation is no longer valid. This paper’s main goal is to resolve these four problems. In doing so it seeks to redress the archer corps’s unjustified neglect in military history. In doing so it seeks to redress the archer corps’s neglect in ancient Greece’s military history.READ MORE: We are SpartansDavid M. Pritchard is Associate Professor of Greek History at the University of Queensland. He has obtained 13 fellowships in Australia, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. In 2019-20 he will be research fellow in the Le Collegium de Lyon de l’université de Lyon. Associate Professor Pritchard has authored Athenian Democracy at War (Cambridge University Press: 2019), Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens (Cambridge University Press: 2013) and Public Spending and Democracy in Classical Athens (University of Texas Press: 2015), edited War, Democracy and Culture in Classical Athens (Cambridge University Press: 2010) and co-edited Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World (Classical Press of Wales: 2013). He has an h-index of 14 and 700 known citation. Associate Professor Pritchard speaks on the radio and regularly writes for newspapers around the world.When: Thursday 6 June 2019, 7.00pmWhere: Greek Centre (Mez, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne) Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek Australian artist Stella ZicopoulosGrieg explores her cultural identity in solo exhibition

first_imgAs a child of Greek migrants, memories of the long voyage from Greece to Australia have had a profound influence on Stella Zicopoulos-Grieg’s artistic practice.Her love of the sea was further reinforced by the summer holidays she would spend each year with family at beaches in the City of Kingston.These personal and symbolic memories continue to inform the narratives and technical compositions of Stella’s highly abstracted and gestural oil paintings, seen in her solo exhibition.Aptly titled ‘Thalassa’ (the Greek word for ‘sea’), the exhibition, set to open this Friday, 12 July at G3 Artspace, explores her special connection with the sea, as well as her cultural identity.Stella makes a connection between her work and Homer’s epic ‘The Odyssey’, which in effect represents the sea of life – a journey full of both victories and heartbreaks. This is something all humans have in common, and is a connection that has had a profound influence on the artist’s work.More recently, she has been exploring the compositional motif of ‘two-thirds of sky’ within the surface of her paintings, presenting the horizon line as a force which connects, disrupts, and creates discord within the picture plane. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Stella currently works from her private studio at Le Studio Artspace in Mordialloc.She completed a Fine Arts Degree majoring in Ceramics and Painting at RMIT University. She later went on to complete a Graduate Diploma of Education at the University of Melbourne, and has been working as a visual arts educator for 30 years. Throughout the years, she has exhibited in group exhibitions across Victoria, as well as interstate, with her works held in private collections both locally and across Australia.When: 13 July-10 August, 2019Where: G3 Artspace (64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale VIC)Admission: FreeREAD MORE: WHAT’S ON Guide: Greek-inspired events across Australia, 5 July onwardlast_img read more

Artemis and Apollo twin Greek god statues unearthed on Crete

first_imgA group of small-sized sculptures depicting twin gods Artemis and Apollo will be presented by the Chania Ephorate of Antiquities on Wednesday, 24 July.The presentation, at Crete’s Archaeological Museum, is considered important due to the artistic quality of the finds dated back to the second half of the 1st to the beginning of the 2nd century AD. They were discovered in the framework of systematic excavations carried under the direction of archaeologist Vanna Niniou-Kindeli at a Roman home of the ancient Aptera. Funded by the Region of Crete, the finds will be exhibited for the first time at Chania Archaeological Museum’s permanent collection and will be part of the museum’s permanent collection.READ MORE: Sanctuary of Artemis unearthed in EviaAccording to the announcement: “Artemis, the protector goddess of Aptera, has been made of copper, while her twin brother Apollo, is made of marble. The goddess stands on an elaborate box-shaped copper base and is depicted in intense stride, wearing a short, slender chiton and she is ready to shoot. Although Apollo is depicted in a more modest way, his attitude conveys internal tension.”The statues are believed to have been imported to the Roman luxury home they adorned from artistic centres outside Crete. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more