Hellenistic Alexandria: Celebrating 24 Centuries

13, 14, 15 December 2017
Acropolis Museum, Athens Greece

Under the Auspices of
H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic
Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos

Since its foundation by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE, Alexandria was the cultural capital of the world during the Ptolemaic period. This Hellenistic period witnessed many achievements and contributions in all fields of knowledge that have greatly added to human thought and to the culmination of modern science, culture and civilization in general.

To celebrate the 24 centuries elapsed since its beginning and the startup of the Library and the Museum of Alexandria, representatives from the Vardinoyannis Foundation, the Acropolis Museum, the Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies, Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Mariolopoulos-Kanaginis Foundation for the Environmental Sciences took the initiative to co-organize a high-level Conference to serve as a stimulus to scholars of different disciplines to turn their attention to the Hellenistic world and its importance to our civilization.

The discussions of this high-level Conference will point out the importance of the brilliantly original ideas of the Hellenistic age and the curious modernity of the whole atmosphere of the time. The Conference will be divided equally between chronological history and cultural themes illuminating the impact of the Hellenistic ideas to modern philosophy, art and to contemporary science.

The Conference proceedings will tackle three major subjects namely:

a. Archaeology, History, Philosophy, Literature and Art
b. Science, Medicine and Technology
c. Environment
d. Cultural Heritage and Legal Issues

At the Conference international experts on Hellenistic Alexandria will be invited as key-note speakers and panelists during the 3-days duration of the Conference which will take place on 13, 14 and 15 December 2017 at the premises of the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. Parallel events are planned for exhibitions related to Hellenistic Alexandria and its influence to the creation of universal codes of cultural contact and identities.

The Conference Agenda can be found here.