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November 26, 2002

Treasury of Greek civilization arrives at CSUS


Photo: Model of 5th century B.C. Greek trading vesselThe Tsakopoulos Collection for the Study of Hellenism - one of the largest collections of its kind in the country - will arrive at California State University, Sacramento over the next two weeks. The collection features a huge assortment of written works about Greece, the Greeks and their influence worldwide.

The collection, named for its benefactor and steward Angelo Tsakopoulos, has been developed over the past 20 years and contains a rare book section with the works of many early Greek writers and philosophers such as Thucydides, and Desiderius Erasmaus. It contains maps, artworks and vast collections on Greek politics. The estimated value of the gift to the University is approximately $5 million.

The collection will be installed in the CSUS Library gradually with the first arrival anticipated Monday, Dec. 2 when the movers will unpack the first part of the collection in the Library. The next group of books will arrive between Dec. 9 and 12. The collection officially will open to the public in the spring when all the cataloguing and stacking is complete.

Arrangements for media tours may be made by contacting the public affairs office at (916) 278-6156. For further details see www.csus.edu/news/Greek.

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