Tribute to great philhellene

Atribute to a man who loved Greece as few people did, teacher and intellectual Roger Milliex, will take place at the French Institute at Athens at 7.30 p.m. today. The tribute, organized by ADFE (Association Democratique des Francais a l’Etranger), will feature a round-table discussion, testimonials and screenings of rare photographs. Milliex’s daughter Magali Milliex, who has come to Greece especially for the occasion, historian Eleni Antoniadou-Bibikou, director Manos Zacharias, historian Christophe Chicklet and others will talk about Roger Milliex. Milliex (1913-2006) began his career at the French Institute of Athens in 1936, first as a professor and then as deputy director, alongside Octave Merlier. These two great philhellenes created an educational institution which strongly contributed to the learning of the French language in Greece. At the same time, they greatly supported Greek arts and letters and during World War II provided help to Greek artists and scientists by arranging for them to move to France aboard the Mataroa. Milliex was a corresponding member of the Athens Academy as well as a member of the Academy of Marseilles since 1986. He had been awarded the Legion d’Honneur and the Order of the Phoenix. He had also received the silver medal from the Athens Academy.

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