Presented by

Dr Amelia R. Brown

Senior Lecturer in Greek History & Language, Classics & Ancient History, School of Historical & Philosophical Inquiry, University of Qld.

President: Francine Hinton. Email: francine.hinton@westnet.com.au Phone: 0408 987 137

Secretary: Maureen Arnaoutopoulos. Email: samosork@bigpond.com Phone: 0458 806 299


“Greek Language, Land and Sea: Reflections on Greek History and Maritime Religion, Ancient and Modern”

Herodotus described the Panhellenic culture of Classical Greece as based on shared language and customs, which by his era were spread widely around the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and also in constant interchange with other coastal cultures like the ancient Phoenicians.  The Modern Greek poet George Seferis, who came from coastal Smyrna, frequently tied the landscapes and customs of Modern Greeks together with those of Antiquity.   He observed an affinity with the ancient Greeks which he rooted in the language of Greek. 

Inspired by the interests of the late Con Castan and Bob Milns, this talk will discuss some ways that Herodotus and Seferis both speak of Greek identity forming on the shoreline, the intersection of land and sea, including some maritime religious practices for Aphrodite, Hera and the Panagia. 

Admission Fee:           Members $3.00 and Non Members $6.00, all visitors welcome.

Admission Fee includes a light supper at conclusion of the meeting. 

About Classics and Ancient History Seminars

Event details

  • The seminars take place at 4pm, in the Michie Building (09), Room 536
  • Seminars are also on Zoom. Send an email to Duncan Keenan-Jones (d.keenanjones@uq.edu.au) for the link.
  • Upcoming seminars can be found here.
  • Please be aware that we are still operating under Covid-19 regulations during public events. Masks are no longer required at UQ locations - however, UQ strongly encourages mask wearing when physical distancing is not possible. UQ strongly encourages all campus attendees to be up to date with vaccinations. And finally, those who are feeling unwell, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 7 days or have been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 7 days, are asked not to attend this seminar.
  • For those attending in person, if you would like to join us for drinks and/or dinner afterwards at UQ’s St. Lucy's from 5:15 pm, please RSVP by email to Duncan Keenan-Jones (d.keenanjones@uq.edu.au) by 9am on the day of the seminar.
  • Please also contact Duncan Keenan-Jones should you have questions about the event.

The Friends of Antiquity, an alumni organisation of the University, runs its own series of public lectures, which take place on Sunday afternoons. The Friends’ program for can be found at https://alumni.uq.edu.au/friends-of-antiquity


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