The Greek Community of Melbourne is hosting an online lecture entitled ANCIENT COVIDIOTS: The Case of Alexander of Abounoteichos as part of their Greek history and culture seminars program.

The lecture, will take place online on 20 August at 7:00 pm on Zoom.

Well-known poet and short story writer, Dean Kalimniou, will present the  lecture as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

During times of pandemic, conspiracies and snake oil merchants proffering cures abound.

This lecture looks at one of the first of these, Alexander of Abounoteichos, who not only claimed he could protect others from the Plague of Galen, but in the process, created an entire cult, featuring among other things, a most ingenious sock puppet.

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Mr Kalimniou is a well-known poet and short story writer within the Greek community. As a journalist he is popular within the Greek community of Australia through his column in 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.

To participate and ask questions at the end of the seminar you will need to join in and register for the Zoom Webinar, otherwise you can watch on at The Greek Community of Melbourne’s Facebook page.