Melbourne Ancient Greece Tour

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How has the philosophy, architecture, science and arts of ancient Greece influenced Melbourne’s buildings, culture and livability?   Our walking tour visits significant buildings, places and infrastructure to examine their history, importance and contribution to the city and their influence by Hellenic culture. 

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We learned so much on this tour, so much content I knew little about and so many interesting places for our Year Nine students. Oakleigh Grammar College 2018

Some examples of Hellenic influenced places in Melbourne are:

Melbourne GPO 2001, after fire

Melbourne GPO 2001, after fire

 The Shrine of Remembrance is based on the Mausoleum of Halicarnasos, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Greek Centre for  Contemporary Culture, Lonsdale Street 

QV  Centre and the Hippocratic Oath. Artemis Lane

Sister city monument Thessalonika

 The Greek Precinct and the annual Antipodes Festival.

Olympic Ganes Melbourne 1957

Melbourne Town Hall and the Acropolis

The Pythagorum theorem and Federation Square

Eureka, St Pauls and Demokratsia

The Athenaeum 1842

Zeus and 271 Collins Street

Maps, Hoddle and Hippodamus Grid

Royal Arcade: Gog and Magog, Chronos

Piazzas, cafes and Meditteranean culture.

Nicholas Buildings 27-41 Swanston Street Greek Revival and Doric commercial palazzo

Postwar arrivals World War Two

Caryatid Maiden.  Block Arcade

The GPO is composed of three layers of Doric, Corinthian and Ionic architecture. The spiral staircase and Selimunte

The Former Mail Exchange is of architectural significance as a major example of the early work of the Commonwealth Department of Works and its first chief architect, J.S. Murdoch. The building is a distinguished example of beaux-arts classical design, and its Greek flavour was ten years ahead of Melbourne’s mainstream Modern Greek revival.

Olympic Park, Olympic Blvd, Melbourne VIC 3000.

 The Former Port of Melbourne Authority Building is of architectural significance as one of the most accomplished examples in Melbourne of 20th century Beaux-Arts-influenced Greek Revival architecture.

Argus Building, Elizabeth Street, Beaux Arts.

Athenaum, Collins Street is a club, library, theatre and art centre inspired by the sanctuary of Athena at Athens 7th century BC which was frequented by poets and scholars.

Nonda Katsilidis the Greek architect is one of Melbourne’s most influential architects through landmark buildings such as Eureka , Phoenix, Republic Tower, and many others.

 The Main Hall of the Old Customs House (now the Immigration Museum) is an inside-out version of the Erechtheon, a temple near the Parthenon in Athens.

Greek cultural contributions include
Olympic Games;

Democracy;
Hippocratic Oath;
Philosophy e.g Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, Pythagoras;
Ionian, Doric and Corinthian architectural styles;
Theatre styles e.g drama, comedy, tragedy, tragicomedy;
Literary classics e.g Iliad & Odyssey, myths, fables, poetry and mythology;
Early public libraries;
Inventions including Geometry, Libraries, Anchor,  Alarm Clock, Automatic Doors, Cement, Central Heating: Clock Tower, Coin money, Crane, Lighthouse, Maps, Odometer, Plumbing, Sinks, Showers, Spiral Staircases, Steam Engines, Surveying tools, Thermometer, Urban Planning, Vending Machines, Olympics and Water Mill.

 

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