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Open Lecture: Ioannis Metaxas and Popular Autocracy in Greece
Open Lecture: Ioannis Metaxas and Popular Autocracy in Greece
28.08.2014 19.00 h
The Ithacan Philanthropic Society - Melbourne


Presenter: Dean Kalimniou


Ioannis Metaxas first came to prominence as a royalist politician during the turbulent 2nd Hellenic Republic (1924-1935). After monarchy was re-established in Greece, Metaxas became premier in April, 1936. Arguing that law and order needed to be restored, he dissolved the Parliament with the support of King George II and established an authoritarian regime with fascist leanings on August 4th, 1936.

Metaxas had a grandiose vision to lay down the foundations for a so-called ‘Third Hellenic Civilization’, which was to be heir of two glorious passages of Greek history: classical Greece and Byzantium.

A hyperactive man, during his 6 years he implemented numerous reforms, but did not hesitate to employ brute force and harsh, undemocratic measures.

Paradoxically he is best remembered for his ‘ohi’ reply to Mussolini even though his ideological sympathies were aligned with the Axis Powers. This lecture will look at the personality and character traits of this complex man.


Dean Kalimniou is the director of Toorak Law, a law firm specializing in corporate insolvency. He is also a well known poet and short story writer within the Greek community. He has published four poetry collections Kipos Esokleistos ("Garden Enclosed" (2003), Alexipyrina ("Flameproof" (2004), Apteros Niki ("Wingless Victory" (2008), Anisixasmos (2010) and Plektani (2013). His weekly column Diatribe in Neos Kosmos is also widely read.

Dean Kalimniou has free-lanced for various Australian and Greek journals such as Etchings and Ardin and has also translated various works of prominent Greek-Australian authors from Greek into English, as well as working on the scripts of Greek-Australian short film director Peter Stephanides.


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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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