Open Seminar – Great Ionia: The Chinese Connection

FREE EVENT: Join us at The Greek Centre on Thursday 13 June for a lecture about the Great Ionia and the Chinese Connection presented by Dean Kalimniou. This event is part of the Greek History and Culture Seminar series offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne. This event is a replacement for the lecture of Professor Vrasidas Karalis which was canceled due to personal circumstances but will be rescheduled at a later date.

It was the Chinese who gave the name “Great Ionia” to the Greek-speaking kingdom that was founded on the outskirts of the Chinese Empire in Hellenistic times.

Dean Kalimniou will examine the eastmost outskirts of Hellenism, forming one of the first major contacts between an urbanized Western civilization and the Chinese civilization, opening the way to the formation of the Silk Road that was to link the East and the West in material and cultural exchange – and which exists outside of the Greek national narrative.

Dean Kalimniou is a well-known poet and short story writer within the Greek community. As a journalist, he writes a column in the Melbourne Greek newspaper Neos Kosmos, entitled Diatribe, which has been running since 2001. He has published six poetry collections and has also translated numerous works of prominent Greek-Australian authors from Greek into English. In November 2007, Dean Kalimniou was awarded a Government of Victoria Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs

When: Thursday 13 June 2019, 7.00pm

Where: Greek Centre (Mez, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne)


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