HOW has the philosophy, architecture, science and arts of ancient Greece influenced Melbourne?
OUR walking tour visits important buildings, architecture and historic places in the Melbourne CBD and examines their influence by Hellenic culture.
WE allocate an Ancient Greece Identiity to each student during the tour to enable their learning goals and enhance their experience on the Greek everyday influence on the cities of tthe world.
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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
Examples of Hellenic-influenced places in Melbourne include:
QV Centre and the Hippocratic Oath. Artemis Lane
Sister city monument Thessalonika, Lonsdale Street
The Greek Precinct and the annual Antipodes Festival.
Olympic Games Melbourne 1957, Bourke Street
Melbourne Town Hall and the Acropolis
The Pythagorean theorem and Federation Square
Eureka, St Pauls and Demokratsia
The Athenaeum 1842
Zeus and 271 Collins Street
Maps, Hoddle and the Hippodamus Grid
Royal Arcade: Gog and Magog and Chronos
Meditteranean culture and the lane system: piazzas, cafes and coffee-culture.
Caryatid Maidens, Block Arcade
The GPO is composed of three levels built over 48 years: Doric, Corinthian and Ionic architecture. The extraordinary spiral staircase was an invention at the Greek City of Selimunte. Its architecture adheres to classical Greek with French Second Empire influences.
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-born architect from Athens 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.
The Shrine of Remembrance is based on the Mausoleum of Halicarnasos, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
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;