A lecture about Great Ionia and the Chinese Connection will be presented by Dean Kalimniou on Thursday, 13 June 2019, at the Greek Centre, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

This seminar will replace the lecture of Professor Vrasidas Karalis which was cancelled 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 east-most outskirts of Hellenism, forming one of the first major contacts between an urbanised Western civilization and the Chinese civilisation, 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.

READ MORE: To Erythrae and the fair shores of Greek Ionia

Dean Kalimniou is a well-known poet and short story writer within the Greek community. As a journalist he writes a column for 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)