Monday 27 February 2017 at 7:30pm
The Silent Grandeur of Cyrene, a Greek City in Libya
Gerald Schaus, Professor Emeritus Wilfred Laurier University
Please note that is this is part of the Pharos Lecture series it will take place in the Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus Street
The ancient Greek city of Cyrene is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, the city stands largely deserted in a struggling Libya, despite the grandeur of its monuments, built originally by Greeks from the Aegean islands, and re-built by Italian archaeologists in the 20th century. The temple of Zeus was as large as the Parthenon; the sanctuary of Apollo was home to a gushing spring of water “where the heavens had a hole”, the sanctuary of Demeter reflected the bounty of the fertile land, and people, especially its rulers, became wonderfully wealthy from their harvest of a wild miracle plant called silphium, from which the ancients made medicines of many kinds before it became extinct.