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The Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney commemorates the Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis

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There was Greek history and culture on full display on Sunday at The Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney’s digital production commemorating the 2,500th anniversary of the battles of Thermopylae and Salamis.

Held at the church hall of St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Parish in Marrickville, a pre-recorded digital lecture was given by Dr Yvonne Inall, who is a Project Officer at the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.

Dr Inall gave interesting insights into the archaeological findings from both battles, with a specific focus on Greek and Persian armour, as well as how ancient triremes functioned.

And that’s not all.

The perfect ending to Dr Inall’s lecture came with a digital dancing performance from The Hellenic Lyceum dancers, followed by speeches from His Grace Bishop Emilianos, Consul General of Greece Christos Karras and President of The Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney, Liana Vertzayias.

“Thank you to The Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney for participating in the global commemoration of the battles with such a unique event,” Mr Karras said in his speech, adding how Greece is now “a peaceful country which insists on solving conflicts with dialogue.”

Reverend Fathers Christodoulos, Yerasimos, Prochoros and Athanasios, as well as representatives of Greek community organisations, were also in attendance.

The day concluded with a short question time and then guests, who adhered to social distance measures, were offered light refreshments ranging from diples to tiropites.

A lovely day enjoyed by all who attended!

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