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Diplomatic Institute

The team of the Diplomatic Institute from its creation to the present time has developed 30 training programmes, which include 96 training sessions with more than 5000 trainees; 146 public lectures have been held with lectors from more than 30 state, 34 conferences and forums. The Institute has participated in 25 projects and has signed more than 100 memoranda for cooperation with international partners. Moreover, it has developed significant publishing activities, and the number of editions published by the Institute amounts to 10 books, 4 brochures, 21 collections and textbooks, and 10 editions of the "Diplomacy" magazine, which this year celebrates its 5th anniversary. The library fund of the DI has more than 65 000 titles, 46 periodicals and the EbScO online data base with more than 8500 publications.

Unique Exhibits

It includes 195 artifacts dated from the New Stone Age to the 19th century. They belong to the collections of the Greek National Archaeology Museum, the Numismatic Museum of Athens, the Museum of Keramikos in Athens, the archaeological museums in Argos, Delphi, Lamia and Thiva, and the Museum of Byzantine culture in Thessaloniki. The exhibits demonstrate the great achievements of Ancient Greece in politics, trade and education, and shed light on the life of personalities who have left a lasting mark in history.
The exhibition opens on the initiative of the Greek Ministries of Education and of culture and Sport.
The exhibition Leaving a Mark on History: Treasures from Greek Museums --seeks to illuminate vital stages along this three-millennium path of the Greeks, who left their indelible mark on history. It presents rare or unique objects, either in the form of portraits of its protagonists, or as a direct source for major historical and political events or in the form of humanistic, social, religious and cultural concepts and values. The exhibition, comprised of antiquities from Greek museums (apart from one symbolic work from Bulgaria), is divided into six thematic sections: Section Α, dealing with the History of Sealing, shows seals, sealings and seal-stones, mainly from the prehistoric period, as evidence of the need of man to distinguish and identify. In Section Β, entitled "Great is the state that controls the sea", the dominance of the Greeks at sea is documented, and particular attention is paid to the decisive role of the sea in the commercial, political, economic and spiritual supremacy of Greeks in antiquity. Section G, Democracy and Education, focuses on the universally unique contribution of the ancient Greek spirit to the birth of democracy and the development of education. Section D, A

Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body, comments upon the Olympic Ideal. The Pan-Hellenic games attest to fair competition and conciliation between individuals and people. The revival of the Olympic Games in 1896 redefined the spirit of fair play in recent and contemporary times. Section E, entitled Rulers and Events, makes references to the Ruler as a personality in history, and to the event as the mark of history. It concentrates on historical events of universal significance and importance, such as the Persian Wars, and on important historical personalities, who excelled in politics, military and cultural life, from the Macedonian kings to the founder of the Byzantine state, from Philip II, Alexander the Great, Julius caesar, Octavian Augustus to constantine the Great. Section F, From Olympus to Heaven, addresses religious issues ranging from the ancient Dodecatheon (Twelve Gods) to christianity.
The exhibits record religious faith and worship, primordial and major features of private and public life, from antiquity to the capture of constantinople in 1453, while prominence is given to the Dodecatheon, the transition to monotheism and the final prevalence of christianity. The exhibition is under the auspices of the Embassy of Greece to Bulgaria.

Unique Exhibits

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