- Open Lecture: The Santorini volcano eruption and its consequences on the Minoan Civilization.
06.11.2013 19.00 h
The Ithacan Philanthropic Society -
This lecture has been organised in collaboration with Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies.
Presenter: Professor Spyros B. Pavlidis
The island of Santorini (classically known as Thera) is the site of one of the largest eruptions in world history. It occurred some 3600 years ago (~1650-1600 B.C.) and has been linked to the collapse of one of Europe’s first high cultures, the Bronze Age Minoans, and also forms the basis for the legend of Atlantis. By examining the geodynamic characteristics of the southern Aegean Sea and the volcanic activity of its islands, Professor Pavlidis will recreate the features of this eruption and outline its possible consequences on the Minoan civilization.
Professor Spyros b. Pavlidis, born in Komotini, Thrace, is the Chairman of the School of Geology and the Dean of the Faculty of Science at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on neotectonic studies and seismic geology. An author of numerous scientific papers, academic monographs and textbooks, Prof Pavlidis will be giving a series of lectures in Australia describing how seismic activities in the past may offer explanations to important events in ancient Greek and European civilisation.
The Ithacan Philanthropic Society
Level 2, 329 Elizabeth Street
In October 1916, the Ithacan migrants of Melbourne established the ITHACAN PHILANTHROPIC SOCIETY "The Ulysses", with an inaugural membership of some 153 members. This was in response to pleas for aid from their loved ones in Ithaca who were suffering deprivation during the First World War.
Over the years, however, the Society has been much more than just a philanthropic institution. It has been a constant in the lives of the early Ithacan migrants replacing the homeland which they had left.
The Society takes an active role in the cultural, social, educational and quality of life interests of the Ithacan Community. The Society, as part of its philanthropic role, also makes many monetary contributions to worthy causes, including those outside the immediate Ithacan community. The Society celebrated its 90th Anniversary in 2006.
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