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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-12-13

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  • [01] PM: Solidarity is alive, Grexit is dead
  • [02] Hellenic Air Force to train Qatari cadets
  • [03] 'Princesses of the Mediterranean in the Dawn of History' exhibition opens

  • [01] PM: Solidarity is alive, Grexit is dead

    AMNA/ Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras said Thursday that solidarity in the European Union is alive, welcoming a Eurogroup decision earlier to release the disbursement of a 49.1 billion euro tranche of aid to Greece, calling it a new day for Greece but also for Europe.

    "Solidarity in our Union is alive. Grexit is dead. Greece is back on its feet, the sacrifices of the Greek people have not been in vain and today is not only a new day for Greece, it is indeed a new day for Europe," Samaras said in Brussels after the meeting.

    [02] Hellenic Air Force to train Qatari cadets

    AMNA/ Greece's Air Force will undertake the training of Qatari Air Force staff, Greek defence minister Panos Panayiotopoulos announced on Thursday after a tour of airbases in Doha, in the context of a two-day official visit to Qatar.

    The Hellenic Air Force will send trainers to Qatar for this purpose, while Air Force cadets from Qatar will also be able attend the Air Force academies in Greece.

    It is believed that the agreement will extend to the other branches of the Armed Forces at a next stage.

    [03] 'Princesses of the Mediterranean in the Dawn of History' exhibition opens

    AMNA/ An exhibition titled 'Princesses of the Mediterranean in the Dawn of History, spanning the 10th century BC to the Archaic Period (6th century BC) opened Thursday at the Museum of Cycladic Art in central Athens, running through April 10, 2013.

    Regal ladies or princesses; priestesses or healers; women of authority or knowledge; local women, who stood apart from the rest; other women, who accepted and adopted the cultural traits of different societies or of the men they married in their homeland – local or foreign men – or even those women, who for reasons of intermarriage, traveled from one place to another, are the women this exhibition examines. Through their stories, one can distinctly perceive how these women played a contributing role in broadening the cultural horizons of their time, including their involvement in the development of the archaic Mediterranean culture, according to the organizers.

    In an attempt to give a Mediterranean dimension to the role of women in the dawn of history, namely from the 10th century B.C. to the Archaic period (6th century B.C.), around 24 burial assemblages of women from Greece (Attica, Euboea, Macedonia, Crete), Cyprus, Southern Italy, and Etruria, "princesses" in the broader sense of the term, will be displayed. Analysis of these specific burials reveals how, the concentration of grave gifts and the similarities in burial customs, establish a strong ideological connection and a collective social dimension between countries and civilizations; it appears that these women, who held high status positions in their societies, were carriers of cultural and social information.

    The great advantage of this exhibition lies in its selection of artifacts; these artifacts belonged to real women, not mythical or other figures. A genuine, tangible dimension is thus given, whereby specific deceased women are the protagonists and consequently, the human element plays a definitive role. The opportunity is afforded to discuss the interpretative issues and approaches of a woman's role in the Early Iron Age societies.

    More than 500 artifacts from the 24 burial assemblages will be on display.

    The exhibition is organized by the Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA) with the cooperation of the Ministry of Culture, the Italian Embassy in Greece and the Presidency of the Italian Republic.

    The curators of the exhibition are Professor Nicholas Chr. Stampolidis, Director MCA, and Dr. Mimika Giannopoulou, Archaeologist MCA.

    The exhibition will run through April 10, 2013

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