Issue 4
Monday, 28 May 2018
Charles Darwin University
Evangelos Fylaktos and George Frazis with one of the marble sculptures
Evangelos Fylaktos and George Frazis with one of the marble sculptures

Bringing to life the Parthenon Marbles

By Danielle Lee-Ryder

Territorians had the unique opportunity to learn to sculpt in marble under the gaze of a true master as part of Charles Darwin University’s Hellenic Cultural Week celebrations.

CDU Greek and Hellenic Studies Associate Professor George Frazis said respected marble sculptor Evangelos Fylaktos shared his passion on the Parthenon at a workshop and lecture. 

“Greek history is rich and colourful with one of its most famous monuments the Parthenon being the physical and marble embodiment of Athenian wealth and perfection,” Dr Frazis said.

“Evangelos shared his expertise and provided a hands-on workshop where people could help him recreate a mini Parthenon in marble, which will be gifted to the university once finished.”

He said Mr Fylaktos, who is the president of the Hellenic Committee for the Restitution of the Acropolis Marbles, also presented a lecture on the Parthenon Marbles in Greek language that was translated into English.

“The Parthenon Marbles are a collection of classical Greek sculptures from the Parthenon and other buildings on The Acropolis,” he said.

“A large number of the collection was taken by Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and later sold to the British government while Greece was under Turkish occupation in the early 1800s. Since then, many have strongly advocated for their return to their rightful home in Greece.”

Dr Frazis said Mr Fylaktos had worked on many famous archaeological sites participating in the restoration of monuments such as the Parthenon, Byzantine monuments of Philippi and Cyprus and the Propylaea of Acropolis.

“He has created many beautiful sculptures and monuments that embody ancient Greece and has received accolades for his contributions,” he said.