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Open Online Seminar: The Greeks of the Sudan
Open Online Seminar: The Greeks of the Sudan
03.09.2020 19.00 h
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Presenter: Dr Antonis Chaldeos

Language of Presentation: EnglishR.M.L.G.*: 0 - No knowledge of Greek required.


Because of its geographical position and its natural resources, Sudan was a territory with great political and economic importance. The Greeks' presence in Sudan dates back to the first quarter of 19th century when they accompanied the Egyptian military campaign of 1821. Gradually Greeks moved southwards throughout the biggest country of Africa and settled even in the most desolated areas, when no European had ever visited. Apart from being the most populous European community, Greeks were among the protagonists in Sudanese political and economic history. In the 19th century, they fought besides General Gordon during the legendary siege of Khartoum. Later they were Kitchener's army main suppliers in his effort to conquer Sudan. Since Greeks were also pioneers in the economic field, they contributed to Sudan's development. Actually their role is widely recognized and by far they are regarded as one of the major pilllars of Sudan's economic transformation during the first quarter of the 20th century. Finally, Greeks were also present in the struggle of South Sudan which led to its independence in 2011.


Antonis A. Chaldeos is a Greek historian and writer. Initially, he studied electronics engineering in Athens and then turned in the humanities. He studied Social Anthropology and History and he holds a Ph.D in history from the University of Johannesburg. His scientific field involves the study of the Greek diaspora. During the last decade, he has done extensive research in several countries of Africa [Morocco, Tunisia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Mozambique, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa). He has taken part in international conferences and published 8 books and several articles in peer-reviewed journals.In 2017, he was honoured with the St. Marcos Holy Cross by the Patriarchate of Alexandria for his contribution to the promotion of the Hellenism in Africa.


In order to keep everyone safe we have organized this seminar to be delivered online. However, we are well aware that for some, a large part of the appeal of our seminars is the very active audience participation. Therefore we are providing two ways for you to enjoy the seminar:

If you want to actively participate and ask questions at the end of the seminar you will need to join us through a Zoom Webinar - for which you'll need to pre-register by following this link:

If you prefer to sit back and enjoy the show, just join us through our Facebook page or our YouTube page where we'll be live streaming the event.



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* R.M.L.G.: Recommended Minimum Level of Greek in order to enjoy this Event, on a scale of 0 to 5.


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