Athens, January 22th, 2020
Emil Constantinescu, President of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization and Luiza Niță, IASLCC General Manager, participated on Monday, January 20th, 2020, in Athens, at the conference commemorating 2500 years since the battles of Thermopylae and Salamina, entitled “Thermopylae and Salamis: Evaluating their importance in the modern world”.
The event was held at ”Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center Foundation” National Opera and was organized by Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation, under the patronage of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopios Pavlopoulos, who also delivered a speech in the opening of the event.
Along with the speeches delivered by President Pavlopoulos and Marianna Vardinoyannis, UNESCO Ambassador, other well-renowned researchers and professors of Antiquity studies took the floor, such as Roderick Beaton (King’s College, London), Paul Antony Cartledge (Cambridge University), Athanasios Platias (University of Pireus), George Prevelakis (Panthéon-Sorbonne University), Angelos Chaniotis (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) and Loukas Tsoukalis, President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy - ELIAMEP.
The main topics of the event varied from historical analyses of the events which led to the battles of Thermopylae and Salamis, General Themistocles’ strategy, to an ample geopolitical analysis of the lessons learnt from these battles and their significance for Western European history.