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