History of Parnassos    

THE HISTORY OF PARNASSOS

Parnassos is a mountain that was sacred to the ancient Greeks. On its slopes was the seat of the oracle of Delphi, the most famous of all oracles. There too was located the sanctuary of Apollo, god of light and music. And the nine Muses -goddesses of the arts and sciences- also made their home on Mount Parnassos.
In time, Mount Parnassos thus came to symbolize man's striving to cultivate thought and to achieve excellence in the arts and letters. Inspired by this legacy, many organizations and societies over the years have chosen Parnassos as their eponym.

In modern Greece, the Parnassos Literary Society was established in 1865, in Athens. The Society has a diversity of interests including literature, archeology, law, and art; organizes exhibits, lectures, and literary competitions; runs evening schools for needy children; and publishes a literary journal also named Parnassos.

The Parnassos Hellenic Cultural Society of Ottawa was established in 1974 by a group of Canadians of Greek origin. Its basic purpose is to advance education for the benefit of the public on Greek history, language, culture and the arts. To this end, it sponsors programs on various aspects of Greek civilization through lectures, seminars, concerts and other educational events.

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