“We are having a hard time. We will go through even more difficulties. But we are Greeks. And in this country of ours, everything – everywhere you look around – brims with culture. Even our seas,” noted Prime Minister Antonis Samaras as he opened an Underwater Antiquities Ephorate exhibition titled Sunken Voyages, Human Explorations: Meaningful Traces in Peloponnesian Sea, on Aug. 13 in the Peloponnesian city of Pylos. It was a break from dealing with a crushing economic crisis that has had his uneasy coalition government disagreeing over where to make $14.16 billion in cuts demanded by international lenders.
“We have to live up to our legacy. Not only by safeguarding monuments. But also preserving the values of our culture, our land, our home,” added Samaras, who then re-inaugurated the collection of the French Philhellene Rene Puaux (1878-1937) in the house of eminent Olympian Konstantinos Tsiklitiras. The extensive collection features maps, prints, and watercolors of the Revolutionary Struggle of Peloponnese. Samaras also referred to his previous post in 2009, when he served in the county’s Culture Ministry, and said he would pay particular attention to Greek underwater antiquities, which he said are are equally important as those found in the earth.
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