The Hon. Dimitris Azemopoulos attended and addressed the official ceremony celebrating the launching of the first interdisciplinary institute on Hellenistic Age (University of Waterloo). It is the only institute in North America to conduct interdisciplinary research focusing on the Hellenistic Age. This is a period when Greek culture and influence spread from Spain in the west to India in the east.
The Waterloo Institute For Hellenistic Studies, which includes the University of Waterloo and international researchers, was officially unveiled at a celebration on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. It was held at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in uptown Waterloo.
Spanning the period between the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and the death of Cleopatra in 30 BC, the transformative Hellenistic age dramatically increased interaction between Mediterranean, European and near eastern cultures. Researchers consider the 300-year period a forerunner of today’s globalization. For the first time in western history, political, social and economic changes in one region were felt all over the ancient world.
The Hon. Dimitris Azemopoulos underlined the importance of the Institute for the safeguarding and transmission of historical truths from generation to generation. In this respect, Greece fully supports the scientific research and work of the scholars of such a unique Institute. It is in close cooperation not only with the Consulate of Greece in Toronto, but also with major and world renowned universities and foundations.
The event was attended by all President of the University and 150 guests, including the leading scholars from the Institute, Waterloo University and universities around the world, university students, journalists and members of the Greek community in Waterloo and Kitchener.
So far, some 60 scholars from around the world have joined the institute, forming a network of experts in the history, literature, material culture and philosophy realms of the Hellenistic period. The institute draws on an impressive wealth of Hellenistic research and teaching expertise in Waterloo’s Department of Classical Studies.
As part of the launch ceremonies, the institute will host a three-day workshop to explore new interdisciplinary research opportunities in the history, literature and art of the Hellenistic age.
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