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From Motherhood to Child Murder

«Current translation pending review – For demonstration only».

The House of Europe in Rhodes and the Rhodes Branch of the Dodecanese Bee are honored to host for the first time in Rhodes the public presentation of the doctoral thesis of the 6th High School of Rhodes, Mrs. Vivi Xanthouli, professor. The dissertation on “From Maternity to Childhood: The Making of the Mother Figure in Greek Mythology” (“De la maternité à infanticide: The construction of the figure maternelle dans la mythologie grecque”) was successfully presented at the University of Paris – Sorbonne (Paris 4) supervised by Professor Dominique MULLIEZ, Director of the Chair of the Ancient Greek Secretariat (Literature and Culture of the Ancient Greek World) of Sorbonne.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the Stamatiou Foundation. The presentation will be given by Professor Maria Gassouka, Professor of the Aegean University. Spyros Syropoulos, Professor of Ancient Greek Secretariat of the University of the Aegean, will greet. Admission will be free to the public.

A few words about the thesis

The main question to which this dissertation seeks to answer is how the delicate issue of motherhood and, in general, of parenthood through Greek mythology is discussed and revealed, and how, through this approach, we can identify and explain the social status of women and the status of motherhood in the mythological values ​​system. Using the category of “gender” in the approach, analysis and conclusions of this issue, the purpose of this work is to offer new possibilities of interpretation and explanation regarding the abolition of maternity and in general parenthood, the interpretation of homicide and the discovery of  the pre-patriarchal system’s survival in the male-dominated religious system of the twelve Greek gods. Myths are examined taking into account the social, cultural and historical context of the sexes, which allows us to draw conclusions about the gender position in the public and private sectors, the role of men and women in their private lives, the relations of power and subordination between the two sexes, as well as the system of values ​​and perceptions that dominate, and – above all – the representation given to this system in Greek mythology in order to contribute actively to the wider effort which is underway worldwide for the reintegration of women in the context not only of history and mythology.

A few words about Vivi Xanthouli

Vivi Xanthouli was born in Larissa, lived and raised in Volos. He has lived on the island of Rhodes for the last 35 years. She has two children, Niko Karavida whose an ophthalmologist at the Lyon Ophthalmological Center and Elina Karavida whose a statistician at Alpha Bank. They both are in the process of building their careers while completing their doctoral studies.

She is a graduate of French Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, holds a Maitrise diploma in Literature and Culture from the University of France at Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines De Nice, and is a Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Scholar. Faculty of Preschool Education and Educational Planning, School of Humanities, University of the Aegean and Doctor of Philosophy after congratulations Docteur De Lettres Université Sorbonne in Greece: The Litérature and Civilization of the Greek Jews in the Monde Ancien ».

She is active in research programs & boards of scientific associations of Associations & Associations of her specialty, as well as in teaching activities in the courses of the University of the Aegean and in educational / training sessions as a reporter / trainer. Head of Planning and Implementation and Coordinator of many extracurricular activities in over 90 national and European programs of the Ministry of Education of Greece & France, international and innovative actions promoting the School in the wider society, as well as Planning and Implementation Officer Member of the research group “Antiquité Classique & tardive” / Classical Antiquity of the University of Sorbonne – Paris IV & Orient & Méditerranée UMR8167.

Holder of Diplomas in French, Italian (Diploma di Lingua Italiana, CI Atene, 2010) and English (Lower, 1975).

She is a teacher and Gymnasium of the 6th High School of Rhodes, Principal from 2007 to 2011 at the 4th High School of Rhodes and from 2011 to 2017 at the Kremasti High School. He continues to be an active member of the “Dodecanese Bee” and “House of Europe” with a constant presence and offering.