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Ο ΦΑΚΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗ No.2 - Christmas Edition. «Οι Έλληνες: Από τον Αγαμέμνονα στον Μέγα Αλέξανδρο» #‎greektimes‬ ‪#‎greek‬ ‪#‎montreal‬ #canada

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  • 1, 2 Volume 1, Issue 2 www.ofakos.com CHRISTMAS 2014 2014

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    Five thousand years of histo-ry are on display as a result of the exhibition, The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great, which was inaugurated on December 12th at the Pointe--Callire Museum of Archae-ology and History in Montreal.

    The exposition, whose focus is centered around personalities synonymous with the history of Hellenism such as the legend-ary kings Agamemnon of Myce-nae and Leonidas of Sparta, the storied philosophers Plato and Socrates of Athens and the in-comparable Philip and Alexan-der the Great of Macedonia, is a chronological path through the history of Greece and its people.

    More than five hundred arti-facts, from ancient wreaths and sculptures to masks and jewel-ry, will be showcased at the mu-seum located in the Old Port of Montreal until the end of April, providing evidence that Greece is truly the Ark of Western civ-ilization.

    At the same time, the impor-tance of the event, with its nu-merous pieces travelling outside the country for the first time, can be seen as reinforcing the message that, should the British Museum return the Parthenon marbles to their rightful home, it could receive such archaeo-logical exhibitions in return. As Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Evangelos Venizelos, told vis-iting Canadian journalists last autumn, Greece would be will-ing to lend the British Museum exhibitions of similar heir-looms in exchange for the cov-eted Parthenon sculptures. The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexan-der the Great, he said, could be seen as an example of what Greece could offer in return for the marbles.

    Ancient objects, both original and copies, from 22 different

    Greek museums, including the National Archaeological Mu-seum, the Monetary Museum, the Epigraphic Museum, the Acropolis Museum and the Ar-chaeological Museums of Thes-saloniki and Heraklion, arrived in Montreal under tight secu-rity from the other side of the Atlantic. Spanning five millenia

    covering nine historic periods, from the prehistoric to the late Hellenistic, the spectacles ob-jective is to familiarize the vis-itor with ancient Greek civiliza-tion.

    Divided into distinct parts, the exhibitions first offering is entitled Prelude: Man in the Prehistoric Aegean and pres-ents works from the Neolithic age depicting the funerary finds of merchants and seafarers from the Cycladic islands of Amor-gos, Naxos and Paros as well as numerous bronze and teracotta relics from the Minoan civiliza-tion.

    The second section, Agam-emnon and the World of My-

    cenae, progresses from My-cenaes early relations with its Minoan counterparts to the Royal Tombs of Mycenae, dat-ing from the 16th century B.C, and on to the administrative, economic and religious centers that eventually developed after-wards.

    The third exhibit, Heroes

    and Aristocrats, recounts the series of events that led to Greeces transition from a land of city-states, such as Classical Athens, to its establishment of colonies and financial centres.

    The sections named Athletes and Olympics and Kouros and Korae are self-evident as to their subjects while the sixth, Leonidas, King of Sparta, con-tains the renowned sculpture of Leonidas (5th century BC) from the Archaeological Muse-um of Sparta.

    The exhibits Athenians and Democracy and Athenians and their Achievements are dedi-cated to Athens and the struc-ture of Athenian democracy

    with the use of inscriptions, re-liefs, coins and models.

    The next two sections high-light the Macedonian Em-pire and its splendid artwork, earthenware and jewelry from the archaeological museums of Thessaloniki and Pella. These sections cover the paramount period of Philip and Alexan-

    der the Great, displaying sil-ver utensils found in Philip IIs tomb, in Vergina, along with gold wreaths from the Mace-donain capital of Aigai and Olympian gold medals, to name but a few.

    Finally, the era covering the successors of Alexander the Great, Dawn of a New World, depicts beautiful Hellenistic figurines from the archaeologi-cal museums of Pella and Veria in Northern Greece.

    It should be noted that this exhibition was made possible through the synchronized ef-forts of the former Greek Am-bassador to Canada, Eleftherios Angelopoulos, and the Greek

    Ministry of Culture and from Canadas Ambassador to Greece, Robert Peck, and the President of the Museum of the History of Ottawa, Mark O Neill.

    Proclaimed Ambassador Peck, this exhibition is unprecedent-ed, not only for its cultural trea-sures, many never seen outside Greece before, but also because of the unique collaboration between four major museums in North America. I salute the leadership of Mark ONeill, the Canadian Museum of Historys President and CEO, its Direc-tor-General and Vice-President, Jean-Marc Blais, and their team as well as the exceptional col-laboration of the Hellenic Min-istry of Culture.

    The exhibition is, without doubt, an important milestone in the relationship between Canada and Greece and comes at a time when major Canadian companies such as Fairfax, PSP and Eldorado have shown con-fidence in Greeces future with their significant investments, Ambassador Peck concluded.

    At the same time, the former ambassador of Greece to Can-ada, Eleftherios Angelopoulos, stated The Greeks: Agamem-non to Alexander the Great is unique, not only for the richness of its contents, but also because it will be presented, successive-ly, in four major North Amer-ican Museums over the next two years. It is an exemplary accomplishment of the Minis-try of Culture of Greece and the Canadian Museum of History and a great source of pride for the Greeks of North America.

    After its four-month run at Montreals Pointe--Callire Museum, the exhibition will open at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa on June 5th. It will then travel to the Field Museum of Natural His-tory in Chicago and to the Na-tional Geographic Museum in Washington where it will close on October 9, 2016.

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    Greetings to all and a very merry and peaceful holiday season. My name is Joanne Maniatis and I have a degree in Education from McGill University. I have been teaching English as a second lan-guage for over 35 years. Through-out my teaching career my mis-sion was not only to teach but to EMPOWER MY STUDENTS TO BECOME INDEPENDENT THINK-ERS AND LEARNERS. Therefore, I started a quest not to teach the strong students and move on with them, and whoever tags along the rest tough luck. But to empower and inspire those that could sail on their own to do so. Then to focus more on the learning diff erences and help those that needed guid-ance, further attention and inspi-ration. This has led me to delve deeper into the understanding of the teaching and learning process as well as the various learning diff erences and more importantly, Dyslexia, ADD and ADHD. This is why I feel so passionate about sharing this information with the public. However, I am of the opin-ion that all other aspects should be exhausted before succumbing to medication, Just as Dr. Hallowell

    has lately stated that medication is not the answer. I was also a mem-ber of the ADHD Hellas. Plus I am a member of the Socrates Education-al Foundation here in Montreal.

    We all have ADHD, yes that is right, we all have ADHD to a more or lesser degree, in diff erent areas of our faculties. When we cannot focus on a given task and become frustrated and move on to other less important things, rather than fi nishing the task at hand, being impatient with ourselves and oth-ers, irritable, when conversing changing from one topic to an-other as if changing channels, not being able to fi nd work to sustain ourselves, not being able to face certain major life situations, etc. All the of the above and more all have to do and classifi ed as ADD or ADHD or as some scientists and neuroscientists now refer to as overdeveloped limbic brain and underdeveloped prefrontal cortex, which is the thinking brain. And as Marc Schoen puts it we need to balance the two so that we can make wiser decisions and over-come habits ingrained in our lim-bic brain that limit us. Check out: Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You by Marc Schoen.

    ADHD is not a small matter it is gigantic topic to deal with in a small article of 700 words, but I will attempt to suggest 3 easy basic

    strategies to deal with ADD, ADHD, and become more calm and aware. But that also means that you have to take charge and research on your own so that you can become an in-dependent thinker and learner and be a good model to your children.

    The fi rst most important place to start is to exercise daily for the whole family. Conversely, inac-tivity or sitting for long periods of time does not help with our phys-ical, emotional and mental devel-opment. Check out Joan Vernikos on YouTube. Therefore, at least one hour of exercise per day helps improve blood ow to the brain. Thus nourishing the brain by pro-ducing the feeling good hormones that make us feel at peace with ourselves. This will enable us to focus for longer periods of time and make us less irritable. Check out the book: The Super Brain by Rudolph Tanzi.

    A second important element is that our diet consists of too much sugar and refi ned foods, chemi-cal additives, (some of which are very toxic e.g Monosodium Gluta-mate an salt additive found in all processed foods) Sugar especially hinders focus and concentration because sugar gives us a rush of energy in our system and then it crashes, depleting our energy lev-els and at the same time altering out moods. Check out on Youtube: Dr. Robert Lustig Sugar: the Bitter

    Truth to fi nd more information on your own.

    The third culprit of ADD and ADHD is too much exposure to the screen, be it internet, television, video games etc.

    What happens, when we are stimulating only our visual sense to learn, is that it develops so much that we no longer have the patience to slow down our need for intense visual stimulation in order to read.

    Surprisingly reading exercises more areas of our brain than watch-ing something on the screen. Not only that but reading also develops our imagination by stimulating our mental faculties, it helps us devel-op knowledge, builds vocabulary, as well as our speaking and writ-ing skills, it also improves mem-ory. It helps us to problem solve and builds our thinking skills by helping us improve our focus and

    concentration. For adults it lowers blood pressure, improves mood and makes us tranquil. Even Bill Gates does not allow his children to be on the internet for more than an hour on the weekend. That should tell us something. For more infor-mation for your research, check out Dr. Amen on YouTube or his books on the Brain.

    This is just a very brief outline of what to do to help yourself and your children deal with ADD and ADHD and other learning diff er-ences. On this premise I will quote the Ancient Greeks A sound mind in a sound body.

    Feedback and comments are al-ways wanted and welcomed.

    NEXT ISSUE: How to harness energy of someone with ADD or ADHD.

    ADHD: Attention De cit Hyperactivity DisorderWhat is it and how can we help ourselves and our children?

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    Greek Ambassador connects with Greek-Canadians(ANA) The newly appointed Greek Am-bassador in Canada, George Markantona-tos met with the Greek Diaspora of Canada for the fi rst time on Thursday, November 27. He visited the Greek community of Montreal as well as the Hellenic Congress of Quebec.

    Furthermore, he spoke with Greek Dias-pora media and noted the importance of Hellenism abroad, describing it as a na-tional and important chapter for Greece during its moments of crisis.

    He referred to the major role that Greeks abroad had before and after the Revolu-tion of 1821, stressing that the foundations of the new Greece were supported by benefactors who came from Greek com-

    munities abroad.The new ambassador stressed that

    during his time in Ottawa he plans on strengthening the bilateral trade relations between Greece and Canada, as well as the import of Greek products and increase in tourist arrivals in Greece.

    He mentioned the importance of pre-serving the Greek language as a key pil-lar which will strengthen ties that Greeks around the world have with the homeland and urged the media to promote the im-age of Greece in a positive way, especially during these di cult times.

    Finally, the ambassador pointed out the need for unity and cooperation within the Greek Diaspora.

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