The Dr. Nicholas Matsakis Memorial Lecture:
“The Impact of Thermopylae on our Modern World”
Elias Matsakis
Monday, October 30, 2017
7 p.m. reception; 7:30 p.m. lecture
Century Room A, Millennium Student Center
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Herodotus’ description of the Battle of Thermopylae launched the study of history. The details of his narrative were validated by the 1939 archaeological discovery of the final resting place of Leonidas, and transformed the story of Thermopolae from myth to historical fact. The Spartans’ stand against overwhelming odds transformed western understanding of the true nature of heroism. After explaining the heroic themes and dramatic choices that comprise Herodotus’ desription of that battle, Mr. Matsakis will fast forward to the 20th century and describe how, 2500 years later, the example of the Spartans in 490 BC emboldened the Greeks to take a similar stand in World War II, and later empowered freedom movements that have shaped our modern world.

Elias Matsakis
Elias Matsakis received his B.A., with honors, from University of Chicago in 1971 and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1974.  Mr. Matsakis is listed inThe Best Lawyers in AmericaWho’s Who In American Law and as “Super Lawyer” by the Leading Lawyers Network.  Mr. Matsakis serves on the Advisory Committee to the Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Professorship in Greek Studies and on the board of directors for the Foundation For Greek Studies and the University of Illinois Chicago.
Sponsored by International Studies and Programs, University of Missouri-St. Louis, The Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Professorship in Greek Studies, and The Karakas Family Foundation Alliance for the Advancement of Hellenic Studies
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