Apart but Alike: Classical Greece and its Influence on Sydney [VIDEO]

The glory years of classical Greece has had a profound influence on Sydney. Not just on its architecture and built environment, albeit significant, but also on its thinking.

Presented at Parliament House, Sydney by the Executive Board of Greek-Australian Business Leaders on Tuesday 18 October 2022 and hosted by The Hon. Rob Stokes, Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport; ‘Apart but Alike: Classical Greece and its Influence on Sydney’ provided a great opportunity to reflect on the legacy of the Greeks in Sydney and how Classical Greece broadly impacted Western culture.

In what was a unique and fascinating event, this influence was explored by four eminent and entertaining experts; John Azarias, Chairman of Executive Board of Greek-Australian Business Leaders; and Co-Founder of The Lysicrates Foundation, Alastair Blanshard, Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics, University of Queensland and noted author; Professor Philip Thalis, prominent architect, former City of Sydney councillor, Professor of Practice in Architecture NSW, and passionate advocate for Sydney’s built environment; and Angelo Candelepas, distinguished architect, creator of the winning design for the new National Gallery of Victoria Contemporary Gallery in Melbourne.

In addition to the Greek Consul-General in Sydney, Yannis Mallikourtis, and its esteemed host Minister Stokes, distinguished attendees on the evening included The Hon. Daniel Mookhey MLC, Member of the Legislative Council, Shadow Treasurer, and Shadow Minister for the Gig Economy; Sophie Cotsis, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Member for Canterbury, Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, and Shadow Minister for Work Health and Safety;  Jonathan O’Dea MP, member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Davidson for the Liberal Party; and the Hon. Peter Poulos MLC, Member of the Legislative Council and Parliamentary Secretary for Wollongong and the Illawarra.

Watch Greek City Times’ exclusive highlight video of what has been described as “a wonderful thought-provoking gathering” here:

The exclusive video of the full presentation can also be found on Greek City Times YouTube Channel.

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