Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies
Department of Classical Studies
Modern Languages, room 224
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario Canada
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 32377
Over the past two decades, the study of royal women has been one of the most dynamic fields of inquiry into the Hellenistic world (ca. 336/323–30 BC), and one that has dramatically shifted our perceptions of gender, status, influence, and ability within the broader ancient world. While royal women were once dismissed as powerless pawns in a political game that was an exclusively masculine domain, it has become apparent that we cannot evaluate female power and roles exclusively by male criteria.
On February 14, 2013, a delegation from the Greek Consulate General at Toronto visited the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies (WIHS). Friendly contacts had already been established in 2010, when the Hon. Consul General Dimitris Azemopoulos had been our guest of honour on occasion of the inauguration of the Institute. This time, Consul Despina Hatzidiakos, Director of Education, and Mr. Spyros Volonakis, Director of Education of the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Church of Canada, followed our invitation to the University of Waterloo campus.