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Are we in fact descendants of Ancient Greeks? – By Alfred George Kouris, OAM

Posted by christiannaloupa στο Μαΐου 1, 2010

Names of internationally distinguished Greek men and

women in the sciences, politics, business, the arts and letters

are reported and that’s why we should be proud as a nation.

Many times though, various “well-wishers”, who pretend to be

our “friends” –others because of envy, others because of

jealousy and others from hate and ethnic fanaticism- defame

us and cast odium upon us with various faults, amongst

which the most usual description is that, we are not related to our ancestors! The Ancient Greeks…!

 And this “impeachment” allows for much discussion and many pages to be written for and against the issue  

Dr George Papanikolaou

The above famous Greek doctor , is the best example that we are indeed related to our ancestors ! The Ancient Greeks !. He died 48 years ago and he is more famous than his descendant doctor Hippocrates. He was born in Kyme-Greece in 1883 and died in 1962. He studied medicine and anatomy in Greece and migrated to New York in October 1914 , taking the chair of anatomy in the University of Cornel. In 1945 his method “Pap test” started to save millions of women all over the world from the cancer of the womb and still saves !..
 
 
 
That is why I am content to say, in defence of modern day Greek women and men, that on

the one hand, our ancient ancestors became eternal for leaving us with the Parthenon, the sculptures and other magnificent artefacts, their philosophers, their heroes, their doctors, their pharmacists, mathematicians and so many other leading Greeks and Heroes of our most ancient history. Even modern day Neo-Hellenes do not come short of and are equally at the very top of their class in many categories: Sciences, the Arts, Letters, Music, Medicine, and Business and there are many heroes in the fields of Battles. As I have said, if I start naming names and including biographical notes, of Onassis, Maria Callas, Greek heroes of the Balkan Wars, of Eleftherios Venizelos, of World War I, and the latter, World War II, followed by the Greco-Italian War, and of the Battle of Crete, it would no longer be a letter. That is why

I am content to say only, that for these personalities, and our authors, poets and high ranking musicians, actors and one thousand and two other distinguished Greeks from Greece and abroad, contrary to what is being spread about us Neo-Hellenes purposely and tendentiously, we do not lack in anything compared to our ancient ancestors, neither personality wise, nor in infighting!Rightly or wrongly, we are one and the same! Neither better, nor worse!

The occasion for writing this timeworn information, was initiated by mention of some

community based compatriots’ names here in Australia, who this month preoccupied the

media that made them front page news. First of all, our own distinguished scientist and

researcher, Vaso Apostolopoulou, as indicated by the facts, being that the vaccine that she

discovered to fight off breast cancer in women will be brought out by an American

pharmaceutical company in a few months and that it will be 100% effective. Congratulations Vaso! There is the example of the Greek community member who aspires to fly to Mars!

There is also the example of the five young Greek students honoured by the Premier of

Victoria, Mr John Brumby, for their performance in the VCE exams of the State: Daniel

Kamateros from Viewbank College for his excellent performance in Visual Communication

and Design; Helen Maniotis, a student of Greek Orthodox College St John’s, for her excellent

performance in Greek; Helen Pappas, a student at the Methodist Ladies College, who

excelled in Design and Technology, and; Anna Spyridis from Mount Eliza Secondary College

who excelled in Outdoor and Environmental Studies, and Constantine Tsanaktsidis from

Huntingtower School who excelled in Information Technology. It is a great distinction that five

of our own young Greek students excelled amongst the thousands of students in the State of

Victoria who sat for VCE exams! Congratulations to them! Our own compatriot, Mr Arthur

Synodinos, former Chief-of-Staff for 12 years to ex-Prime Minister John Howard, and

honoured with the highest Order of Australia Medal on Queen’s Birthday for his valued

services to Australia is another name in the Greek community.

This distinguished Greek-Cypriot, who for twelve years was the closest and most trusted

associate of John Howard, as his Chief-of-Staff, voluntarily resigned from his position, before

the recent Australian National Elections and took office as Executive Officer of the Merchant

Bank, Goldman Sachs JB Were.

I chose these distinguished fellow Greek men and women of Australia, in order to prove, that

we, the Neo-Hellenes, are genuine descendants of our ancient ancestors. Even though these

examples of the names I have given belong to different faculties, I purposely did this, so that I

could make comparisons. I wanted to compare Vaso with Hippocrates; Icarus with our own

compatriot who plans to travel to Mars! And to compare today’s five young students of Greek

background in Australia who excel in Letters, whilst ancient Greek youth who in order to

“excel”, had to ensure that they were not caught… etc.! The “don’t air your dirty laundry”

proverb applies here.

I very much compare the popular Mr Synodinos with the honest and “Fair Aristides”…!

I am satisfied to remain with our eight distinguished names here, without having to mention

hundreds of other scientists, millionaire businesspeople and thousands of others within and

outside of Greece, who excel and honour the Greek nation; a unique and an “un-siblinged”

nation, that is small in population, but great in history and glory!

What better examples do we then want, to dumbfound all those who defame us by sayingthat we are not like our ancient Greek ancestors?

ALFRED-GEORGE KOURIS, OAM

Veteran Journalist, publisher and author

Internet : http:www.angelfire.com/ak/kouris

E-mail : alfredkouris@optusnet.com.au

(Melbourne 3193 – Australia)

 

 

 

 

concerned, as newspapers do not publish letters that are of some length.

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