Greek Culture Center Seminar: ‘Greeks in the Service of the Ottoman Empire’

greek-community-centreA lecture about Greeks in the service of the Ottoman Empire during the 17th and 18th century will be presented at the Greek Center for Contemporary Culture in Melbourne, Australia. The seminar, presented by Emeritus Professor Robert Milns, will be part of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne’s seminar series.

The talk will begin with a discussion on the administration of the Roman Empire before the division into West and East, and the involvement of Greeks, especially in the eastern provinces. Professor Milns will then go on to look at and compare the involvement of Greeks during the Ottoman empire, with especial reference to the Patriarchy and the Phanariotes. Particular emphasis will be given on such Ottoman offices as the Grand Dragoman, the Dragoman of the Fleet and the office of Hospodar or Prince of the Danubian principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia, noted the community on its official website.

Furthermore, the seminar will also touch on the position of the Orthodox Patriarchy in Constantinople and its relations with the Phanariotes and the Ottoman administration, the career of philhellene Dimitrie Cantemir and the “Secret Schools” question.

Professor Milns retired from the Chair of Classics & Ancient History at the University of Queensland in 2003, a position he held since 1970. He is currently an Honorary Research Consultant in the discipline, lecturing and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students.

His academic interests and publications deal with the culture of both ancient Greece and Rome. In 2003, he received a Niki award for Philhellenism from the Australian Hellenic Council. In December 2012, the University of Queensland awarded him the degree of Honorary Doctor of Letters in recognition of his distinguished career.

Admission to the event, which will take place on Thursday, August 20, at 7pm, will be free.