A Greek peek at Armenia

Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan called it “a compelling, first-hand account of a crucial period in the formation of an independent Armenia”. What is it?

It’s the book Caucasus Chronicles: National-Building and Diplomacy in Armenia, 1993 – 1994, written by Greek Ambassador to Canada Leonidas T. Chrysanthopoulos. The Greek ambassador chose York as the site for launching his book late last week at a special event hosted by the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, the Consulate General of Greece, the Hellenic Heritage Chair in Hellenic Studies, the Department of History, and the York-U of T Institute for European Studies.

Chrysanthopoulos, who also served as Greek consul general in Istanbul, chronicles his experiences as the first ambassador of Greece and representative of the presidency of the European Union to an independent Armenia. His assignment there was viewed as a golden opportunity for Greece to rebuild “an alliance as old as history”.

For more information about the book see the Media Relations Department news release at www.yorku.ca/ycom/release/archive/091202.htm.