The 4th International Conference “Russia and Greece: Dialogue of Cultures”
The conference is held biennially. Love to Greece unites historians, philologists, and philosophers. This year Petrozavodsk State University welcomed guests from Simferopol and Moscow and hosted video connection with participants from Saratov, Heraklion, and Athens.
The Consul General of Greece in Saint Petersburg addressed the participants in an official letter. The letter was read first in the New Greek and then in the Russian languages by the Associate Professor of the Department of Classical Philology, Russian Literature and Journalism Evgeniya Litinskaya. The Consul General expressed her gratitude to the teachers of Petrozavodsk State University for the tireless contributions to the strengthening of the educational and cultural ties between Greece and Russia.
Anna Skoropadskaya, the Associate Professor of the Department of Classical Philology, Russian Literature and Journalism, welcomed the participants:
“We are the northernmost place for studying the Greek Culture and Classical Antiquity in Russia. Thanks to Professor Tatiana Malshukova, the founder of the Department of Classical Philology, we have well-established traditions of studying the legacy of classical antiquity in Russian literature. We are not only engaged in educational activities but also involved in popularization and research.
Russia and Greece are different only at first glance. Russia is self-composed and Nordic, while Greece is emotional and vibrant. But we have a lot in common, from the language to Orthodox religion. And the topics of the reports prove this. The conference “Russia and Greece: Dialogues of Cultures” unites researchers of the Classical Greek heritage from different cities and even countries in their love to Greece.”
The Vice-Rector for Scientific Research Vladimir Siunev wished the participants fruitful work and expressed his hope that the next time the meeting will be held in the new Humanities Innovation Park.
The reports of the participants were dedicated to Ancient Greece, the Byzantine period in the relations between Russia and Greece and the development in the modern age.
“My report “Theory and Practice of Oratory: Cicero’s Speech Pro Ligaro” considered the Roman oratory, but it is related to the Greek rhetoric. I have amazing impressions of the conference, I have greatly enjoyed captivating and comprehensive reports,” said Ekaterina Antonets, the Associate Professor of the Department of Classical Philology of Moscow State University.
The conference aims to develop the meta-subject relations in studies of the Greek heritage. Alongside philologists, it convened historians, cultural scholars, philosophers, who work in the area of Greek studies.
Yulia Leibenson, the Assistant of the Department of History of the Ancient World and the Middle Centuries of Crimean Federal University, shared her impressions:
“I work in the area of classical history and literally a week ago I defended my thesis on the ancient cities of the northern Black Sea region. Now I am interested in the assimilation in pre-Peter Russian culture. It was incredible to listen to the reports of the colleagues, philologists in particular, and of course, it was nice to be published and receive the final proceedings. Besides that I enjoy staying in Karelia, as there are absolutely amazing people with whom I had pleasant conversations.”
The organizer of the conference is the Department of Classical Philology, Russian Literature and Journalism of the Institute of Philology supported by the Consulate General of Greece in Saint Petersburg.
The proceedings of the conference will be published.