Dancing with the Hellenes

Connecting People, Traditions & Generations
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Aristotle teaching Alexander, an 1866 engraving by Charles Laplante, a French engraver and illustrator.

Centuries of Cultural Exchange

Dancing with the Hellenes℠ is the official tagline of A Web of Culture, a website that gives computer users the ability to upload and share user-generated videos, essays and articles on a wide variety of topics. You will also be able to use the site to locate photos, videos and written material. The goal is to expand this site into e-museum where others can showcase their accomplishments on preserving their ethnic heritage.

Since the time of Alexander the Great, from India to Western Europe, various cultures have been influenced by the Hellenes. “Hellenization” is the historic spread of Greek culture, including the diaspora. The origins of the word “Hellenes” come from Ancient Greek:

Ἑλληνιστής (Hellēnistḗs, “one who uses the Greek language”), from Ἑλλάς (Hellás, “Greece”).

This website is dedicated to helping the Greek community preserve their heritage, and documenting the accomplishments of the Hellenes in America. Over the centuries, Greek culture has been shaped by many other cultures. It is our goal to recognize and celebrate the diversity of cultures as well as what we have in common. We describe this as Dancing with the Hellenes.

The website will initially showcase four videos:

  • San Diego People: The Hellenes, produced in 1981
  • A special documentary on the life and leadership of Metropolitan Anthony of blessed memory who presided over the Metropolis of San Francisco
  • A video about the Greek Festival held annually at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in San Diego, CA
  • A “teaser” for the documentary about the history of the Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF)

Share your ideas, historical materials, current photos and news about events. Get involved and start Dancing with the Hellenes.