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in 1953, Alexander studied law, stage direction,
and classical guitar in Athens, and sociology of law
in Paris. He has worked for television, was a founding member of the Society of
Friends of Yannis Christos, the Greek composer, worked closely with the Museum
of Folk Instruments, and was a director of the National Theatre.
In 1996, Alexander got to know
Bharat Gupt, who was
researching Greek theater in Athens. The latter sent
Twelve and One Lies to Prof. V.Y. Kantak, who then invited Alexander to
speak in 1998 to the Sahitya Akademi (Indian 'Literary Academy') in New Delhi,
where he also contributed a paper on
"The mask in the classical Hellenic theatre"
to the international conference on "Man, Mind, and Mask" at the India
International Center. The Sahitya Akademi published his book
the following year. I began corresponding with Alexander after we were
introduced in March 2005 by Bharat prior to my first visit to Greece. Elizabeth
and I met him in person immediately upon our arrival in
Athens on 28th April 05, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that he is the
nephew of Eliki Zanna, the Greek scholar of Indian art history, whom I had got
to know not long after my arrival in Benares. Alexander kindly presented us with
a copy of the English (re-) rendering of his play The Spiceman.
Vitae (March 2005)
"These short stories look simple on
the surface. But they hide a complex interior. They leave one with the
impression of mutterings and murmurings, though they have been worked with such
craft that the reader becomes haunted by their words. Alexandros Adamopoulos
talks to us of 'the other side', the 'beyond the here and now' - there where
communication is no longer conducted merely with words, but beyond words."
(Agra Publications, 88 pages).
Twelve and One Lies - reviews by Kantak, Aftab Seth;
French cover - (2004)
Twelve and One Lies (Ikaros, 1992) has been translated
into German. The English translation was published in New
Delhi (by Sahitya Akademi,
1998, and by Samkaleen Prakashan, 1999), where a
translation into Hindi is currently being prepared. The Turkish translation was
published by IMGE Publications. Margaret Karapanou has translated Twelve and One
Lies into French, including the story 'Anna' from Lies Again.
Trained both in modern European
and traditional Indian educational systems, Bharat has
worked in classical studies, theatre, music, culture and media studies and
researched as Senior Onassis Fellow
(1996) in Greece on the
revival of ancient Greek theatre. On
the visiting faculty at the National School of Drama
(Delhi) and the Bhartendu Academy for Dramatic
Arts, Lucknow, Bharat has lectured on theatre and
music at various Universities in India, North America,
and Greece. Among his
published books is
Concepts Greek and Indian
His forthcoming books include
Modern Greek Productions of Ancient Greek Plays
and the first edition of the Sanskrit-English-Greek
Dictionary of Demitrios Galanos, the eighteenth century Greek Indologist.
had kindly introduced us in March 2005 to his Greek friendsLida
Shantala, Irene Maradei, and
we had the pleasure of getting to know personally immediately upon our arrival
on 28th April in Athens.
Edward studied philosophy at New York
University and theology at Columbia University before beginning his doctoral
program at St. Elias School of
Orthodox Theology. He is currently working on his
dissertation, "Origen of Alexandria and St. Maximus Confessor: A Critical
Comparison of their Eschatological Doctrines." In addition to his interest in
Orthodox theology, Edward is a scholar of Late Hellenistic Philosophy, and has
published and lectured widely on topics and figures such as Gnosticism,
Neoplatonism, Origen of Alexandria, Plotinus, and St. Maximus Confessor. Edward
also serves as Area Editor of Late Hellenistic Philosophy for the
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy,
and is an active member of the International
Society for Neoplatonic Studies.
Having discovered Joe 'Pomonomo' on
the Ontological Ethics (devoted to Plato, Nietzsche and Heidegger) forum soon
after joining, in Nov 2001, the Abhinavagupta group that had been launched, also
by Gary, as its sister site for comparative Indo-Western philosophy, I was
immediately struck by the 'dialogical' skill with which he made complex thoughts
readily accessible to those not yet schooled in the seminal texts of the Western
tradition, even while remaining ever focused on the development of a particular
insight and train of reasoning. He joined the Abhinava forum the following
month, and eventually began contributing to raising the level of discourse by
injecting those qualities that have already endeared him to Ontological Ethics.
For example, his timely post on Emmanuel Todd's 'anthropological' approach to
the impending 'conflict of civilization' (25 Sep 02) resulted not only in a
better appreciation of the 'familial' underpinnings of the problematic of
acculturation, but also in Elizabeth and I listening to and meeting Todd just a
couple of weeks later, after having read his latest book on American
This separate 'guest-room' was launched on 9th
Jan 2004 to provide a relatively autonomous space for Joe to make available not
only his own rapidly growing collection of essays but also his sustained
dialogues with other interlocutors at various other forums devoted to Western
Philosophy, particularly from the vantage point of the Nietzschean 'revolution'
in rethinking post-Enlightenment thought with regard to Greek esotericism. With
this in mind, I also moved the writings of Sumi Sivaratnam on (neo-) Platonic
thought and those of Jonathan Garb on the impact of Kabbala on western thought
to Joe's homepage.
After studying classics and medicine, Nick Allen
qualified in social anthropology at Oxford. He then lectured at Durham
and, from 1976 to 2001, at Oxford, where he became Reader in the Social
Anthropology of South Asia at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.
His D.Phil. thesis was on the mythology and oral traditions of a Tibeto-Burman
speaking community in East Nepal. Apart from Himalayan comparativism, he
has written on the macro-history of kinship systems and on the French tradition
in sociological thought (Categories and
classifications: Maussian reflections on the social, Oxford,
Berghahn, 2000). His major research at present is on Indo-European
cultural comparativism, and in particular on the common origin of Sanskrit and
ancient Greek epic.
[G. Schaufelberger's French translations in PDF format
of these essays are freely accessible, but you have to register for free at the
Carcara Editions website to download them]
In E.C. Polom (ed)
[JI-ES Monograph No. 33.],
Washington: Institute for the
study of Man.
Published in Journal of the
Royal Asiatic Society (JRAS), Series 3,
recent studies in comparative mythology (1993b)
Published in JASO 24:119-31.
Paper presented at "Pecus: Man and Animal in
Swedish Institute, Rome, September 2002. You can read
Paola's informal introduction of her paper with regard to the Romulus/Remus
Sunthar's preliminary comments at the Indo-Greek forum.
My niece SUMI left Kuala Lumpur
(Malaysia) to resettle in Australia. She completed her doctorate in the classics
on Plotinus in June 2004 and obtained her degree in October of the same year.
She has taught Sanskrit and enjoys playing the sitar. The following 2 articles
were published in Dirk Baltzly, Douglas Blyth and Harold Tarrant, eds., Power
and Pleasure, Virtues and Vices (Prudentia, Supplement 2001, ISBN: