Posted on May 22, 2016

The Department of English Literature and Linguistics (DELL) at Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) recently held the Greek Studies Day to celebrate the cultural and intellectual contributions of Greece to the emergence and development of arts, humanities, sciences and worldwide heritage.

The attendees included QU Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Mariam Al-Maadeed, Ambassador of Greece to Qatar H.E. Mr Ioannis A Metaxas, Ambassador of Cyprus to Qatar H.E. Mr Charalambos Panayides, CAS dean Dr Eiman Mustafawi and CAS associate dean for Outreach and Engagement Dr Khalifa Al Hazaa, as well as CAS faculty, students and staff.

Qatar University CAS holds [].jpgDiscussions were offered by academics of Greek origin based in QU and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) such as Dr Irene Theodoropoulou, CAS Department of English Literature and Linguistics, Anastasia Remoundou-Howley, CAS Department of English Literature and Linguistics, Dr Georgios Stylianides, CAS Sport Science Program, Dr Zacharias Anastassi, CAS Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, Dr Adamantia Rachovitsa, QU College of Law, Dr Christos Kapoutsis, CMU-Q, and a number of QU faculty and students. They explored various features of the Greek civilization, including the Greek mythology, Olympic games, mathematics, computer science, justice and literature.

In her welcome speech, Dr Mustafawi said: “We are pleased to acknowledge and showcase Greece’s many influential contributions to human development through nurturing academic discussions of some of the fields that it has impacted since ancient times.” She added: “From the earliest descriptive maps and water-driven machines to the ancestor of modern clocks and cranes, from lighthouses and theatres to precursors of germ theory and plumbing, from Archimedes’ mechanical odometers to the very first robot invented by mathematician and scientist Archytas, many aspects of our modern lives can be traced to developments in ancient Greece.”

Dr Theodoropoulou said: “The talks covered a wide range of topics spanning from the discussion of the main themes of Ancient Greek mythology and its significance for everyday life, an overview of the history and the impact of the Olympic games, which were born in Greece, to the country’s contribution to the fields of philosophy, mathematics, computer science, law, justice and literature.”