Announcement of the international competition „Agon Armonias“ 2011, with the objective of promoting the Ancient Greek

 language, classical philosophy and composition (category:pupils/classes)


Addressed to the relevant departmental representative of Ancient languages (especially Ancient Greek), Modern languages, English studies and music, as well as history, philosophy and arts

Dear Sir or Madam,

Since many years the international meeting site for culture and music, at the north-west coast of the Greek Peloponnese, represents intercultural exchange. Following on from our Ancient Greek competition “AGON ARETES” “ÁÃÙÍ ÁÑÅÔÇÓ“ in 2005 (you can find more information on the competition under http://www.idyllion.gr/contest_classical_greek_english.htm) and the recently launched opera composition competition “HELIKE ATHANATOS” „ÅËÉÊÇ ÁÈÁÍÁÔÏÓ“ 2010 (http://www.idyllion.gr/libe.htm ), we want to launch another competition this year. Object of this competition is the combination of Ancient Greek, philosophical thinking and musical artistic creation. Our intention is to promote the involvement with Greek language and culture. This project addresses mainly pupils from the age of 15 up. We kindly ask you to pass on this letter to interested pupils of your tutor groups.


Not only young people but also adults have the chance to compete in the category „adults“. You can find further information under: http://www.idyllion.gr/Competition%202011%20a.htm


Task of the competition:

1.      Choose a quotation, saying or the verse of an Ancient Greek philosopher or poet, that contains not more than 15 words.

2.      Integrate this saying/line in a poem you compose that depicts and deals with the meaning and significance of this saying/line. This saying/line should be used repeatedly in its original Ancient Greek pronunciation and, if possible, its translation in the refrain.

3.      Find a composer or a musician, (no restrictions), who sets your poem to music. Of course you can also set your poem to music by yourself. The character of the setting can be rhythmical and dance-like, strictly classical or contemporary.

4.      Compose a statement (about 400 words), which deals with the question which appeals exist today to learn the Ancient Greek language and how you yourself would promote learning this language.



The Jury is built of four teachers from different countries of Europe. These are:

·         Werner Schulze, Composer, Scientist and Professor at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Vienna (Austria)

·         Helmut Quack, who has been board member of the German association for classicists(DAV), he founded a Modern Greek working group in the DAV and has also been the teacher of the seminar “conversing and philosophizing in Ancient Greek” for many years (Germany)

·         Tania Sikelianou, Violinist and Composer (Greece)

·         Ioulia Diamantopoulou, grammar school teacher of classical philology (Greece)


Head of the jury, provider of ideas and father of the concept is Andreas Drekis.



The decision of the jury is final and incontestable.

The evaluation deals with the philosophic interpretation as well as with the realization of the content into a poem and the musical arrangement.

The results will be released at the end of September 2011.

The names of the winners will be published at our website and in the press.


Registration and deadline:

To participate in the competition please register until May, the 31th 2011, by sending an email to hellenikon@idyllion.gr, that contains your name, your address and the name and address of your school. You will get a confirmation of participation.

The submissions to the competition (only one submission per participant/ pair) are to be sent in until July, the 31th 2011.  The letter has to contain four envelopes with the copies of your poem and the setting in form of a piano score, each envelope marked with your pseudonym. You can also add a CD with recordings to each envelope. Put the four sealed envelopes together into a large envelope and add a supplementary sheet, on which you write your name, age, address, the address of your school, the name of your composer and the pseudonym you chose.

Please seal this large envelope and send it by mail to:

Hellenikon Idyllion

Andreas Drekis

Kyanis Aktis 20

GR - 25100 Selianitika




The jury will evaluate the submitted works according to the abovementioned criteria. After that a first, a second and a third prize will be awarded (as well as other awards).

1. Prize: The award winner and the composer will get to stay one week for free at the meeting site “Hellenikon Idyllion“ and his whole class is invited to stay four days for free.

2.Prize: The second award winner and his composer will get to stay one week for free at the meeting site “Hellenikon Idyllion“  and his whole class is invited to stay three days for free.

3.Prize: The third award winner and his composer will get to stay one week for free at the meeting site “Hellenikon Idyllion“ and his whole class is invited to stay two days for free.


Object of the competition is to promote the intercultural exchange between Greek and your home country, as well as to enable the whole class community to stay at our place at a favourable price, so they can discover Greek culture on the ground and experience Greek antique in real by visiting famous Greek excavation sites.


Furthermore, all three of the award winners have the possibility to take part in our Ancient Greek seminar within the next years which takes place every summer for two weeks (see below). 

We are also thinking about bestowing some extra awards. Every participant will get a certificate.


We will also make efforts to suggest ensembles and singers we know the performance of the works, especially of the winning ones. If one of the winning or the performed works should become a commercial success the organizer of the competition, the poet and the composer will benefit from the commercialization in accordance with the copyright.


The meeting site Hellenikon Idyllion:

The “Hellenikon Idyllion” is a meeting place and venue for music and culture. It is directly at the beach of the north-west coast of the Peloponnes and has a magnificent orchard and flower garden. Many orchestras, choirs, theatre and painting groups meet here, as well as families, single travellers and lovers oft he Ancient and Modern Greek language and culture. Seminars, lectures, symposia, exhibitions, competitions, concerts and festivals are organized here regularly.

If you need further information please visit our website www.idyllion.gr and read our attached information flyer. Please take also in account, that   from 7th-21st August 2011 the seminar “Conversing and philosophizing in Ancient Greek”, which is led by the graecist Helmut Quack, takes place for the 19th time. 

Every one of the three award winners has the chance to participate in this seminar for free.

If you are interested, you can find more information on this support project at http://www.idyllion.gr/InhaltClassG.htm. If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to write a mail or to call uns.


Sincerely yours,



Andreas Drekis (Director and founder of the Hellenikon Idyllion)

Selianitika, April 2011