Our school participation in a Two-day Pahellenic Student Conference for the 2,500 years from the battle of Thermopylae and the naval battle of Salamina

On 11-12 February 2021, Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna participated in the Two-day Panhellenic Student Conference entitled:

“Dialogue or clash of civilizations? 2,500 years from the battle of Thermopylae and the naval battle of Salamina”

The conference was organized by the Secondary and High School of the College of Athens, the Secondary and High School of the College of Psychiko, in collaboration with the Foundation Marianna V. Vardinogianni under the Aegis of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs (decision with reference number 177642/Δ2/30.12.2020). The opening of the conference was saluted by Mrs. M. Vardinogianni, the President of the Hellenic Republic Mrs. Sakellaropoulou, the ex-President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. P. Pavlopoulos and the Minister of Education Mrs. N. Kerameos.

Our school presentation was made during the 1st thematic unit of the Conference, which was entitled “War, father of all: attempts of a thorough evaluation of conflicts and wars in the past and in modern times”.  The title of our 3 students’ presentation was “Geopolitics Then and Now: the Interpretation of War as a Reproduction and Redistribution of Power in the Antiquity”.

Our school presentation was made by 3 C’ class students: Panagiotis Magos, Antreas Tsouvalas and Aggeliki Charalampopoulou. The teacher in charge of the students’ preparation was Mrs. Evangeli Karimali. We congratulate the diligence, fluency, and high degree of historical critical thought of the 3 students, which let them carry out their presentation with success. The conference was attended by 10 more students of A’ class and the Greek Language and Literature teacher Mrs. Evangelia Papadaki.

PRESENTATION SUMMARY

In this presentation we suggest the study and understanding of the phenomenon of war in the antiquity through the geopolitical and international affairs analysis. More precisely, we suggest the study of inter-state relations under the prism of the strategies that the states develop and apply – as active agents – in order to boost or maximize their power for their profit in the ‘international environment’ of their time (Political Realism). Finally, we showcase the application of this geopolitical model on two case studies: the first refers to Thucydides’ analysis of the strategies applied during the Peloponnesean war and the second refers to the conflict strategies of Eastern Mediterranean people (Mycenaeans, Hittites and Egyptians) during the 2nd millennium B.C.