Homer and Chios – online lecture by Mrs Athena Zacharou Loutrari (PhD in History and Archeology)
|EVENT||Homer and Chios|
|PRESENTERS||Athena Zaharou Loutrari|
|COST||Free – Open to all|
|TIME||20:00 – 21:00 Greek time|
|WORKING LANGUAGE||Greek and English|
|REGISTRATION||Click here to register|
Alexandria Institute organizes an online lecture about ” Homer and Chios”. On Thursday 18 June the historian Athena Zacharou Loutrari will be speaking about the connection between the famous epic poet and the island of Chios.
Over its centuries-long history, Chios has never ceased to claim the title of Homerland and honor the greatest poet in the world. Philological and archeological evidence such as contests, coins, the existence of Ομήρειο Γυμνάσιο (Homeric High School) and many more prove that Homer was worshiped as a local hero/god. In medieval times, the link between Homer and Chios was preserved by renowned scholars. Folk tales, tradition and Homeric place names took root in many areas, as travelers searched and recorded Homeric memories and Homer’s epic poems were held in great regard in Chian education. Homer’s Rock (Daskalopetra) is the hub this tradition is still revolving around and contemporary Chios is bringing this Homeric heritage to the fore so as to prove that it truly is “the island of Homer”.
Athena Zacharou Loutrari holds a PhD in History and Archeology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has worked in Chios Archeological Museum as well as in several High Schools on the island. She has delved into the Chian history and has engaged into a variety of historical matters in several events, articles and books. In 2018, she received an award by the Athens Academy for her seven-volume work Κων. Ν. Κανελλάκης (1840-1916), ο αυτοδίδακτος λόγιος της Χίου και η πολύπλευρη προσφορά του στο χιακό πολιτισμό [Konstantinos Kanelakis (1840-1916); the self-taught Chian scholar and his multifaceted service to Chian culture]. Over the past 24 years, she has been consistently dealing with Homer and Chios related topics at EUROCLASSICA / Academia Homerica conferences held on the island. Her book Όμηρος Χίος αοιδός (Homer, the Chian minstrel) was also awarded a prize by the Athens Academy in 2007.