(Melbourne, Australia) – The next Greek History and Cultural Seminar will take place in Melbourne, Australia at the Greek Center on July 7, 2016. The topic will focus on Iakovos Vasilikos, who was the Samian King of Moldovia.
The seminar will be given by Dean Kaliminiou, who is a poet and short story writer who is well known throughout the Greek community in Melbourne and throughout Australia. He is also the Director of Toorak Law. Kaliminiou also writes for Neos Kosmos and has also published a total of four poetry collections.
Iakovos Vasilikos, the Samian King of Moldovia, is also referred to as John Jacob Heraclides. He wore many hats and was considered a theologian, knight, and diplomat. He was also an intriguing character in the eyes of the royal court. For the most part, his story is relatively obscure. Moldovia, referred to as Moldova in other parts of the world, was inhabited starting in the Middle Ages by mostly Christians. Vasilikos was, at one time, the king here.
One of the things that he is really known for is that he was largely cut off from Greece because at the time, Greece was under Ottoman rule. As a Greek native, however, he always had the plight of the Greeks at the front of his mind. He created an early plan that was designed to liberate Greece, but it would be nearly 2.5 centuries after his plan was conceived that elements of it were actually put into place by Filiki Etaireia during the Greek War for Independence. This lecture will celebrate the King of Moldovia who had a lasting impact on Greek culture, but whose story has gone untold.
The seminar is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7 PM and is free of charge. The Greek Center is located on Mezzanine, 168 Lonsdale Street in Melbourne.