Friends of the Gennadeion

The Philoi: Association of Friends of the Gennadius Library in Greece

The Philoi is a non-profit association founded in 1983 with the aim of providing support to the Gennadius Library so that it can achieve its national and educational mission. The Association also pursues the educational aims of the Library’s founder, by organizing lectures and tours for its members around various institutions in Greece and abroad.

The main event organized by the Philoi is “The Day in Memory of Joannes Gennadius.” The highlight of this event is a lecture on the collections of the founder and his diplomatic career. In 2008, the Philoi organized another event "DAY OF FLORENCE/ANTHI GENNADIUS,” in memory of the wife of Joannes Gennadius, Anthi, who helped Joannes to complete his work and his donation to the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. The Philoi raises the money that it donates to the Gennadius Library from membership fees, social events, donations, book sales, and other activities.

Nominations of new members are made by two former members or by the Director of the Gennadius Library. New members are voted by the General Assembly. The six-member Governing Council works with the Director of the Gennadion to guide the activities of the Association. The current members of the Governing Council are:

President: Anastasios Kriekoukis
Vice-President: Konstantinos Efstathiadis
General Secretary: Vassiliki Failadi
Treasurer: Olga Arniakou
Members: Ismene Douzeni, Eleni Pylarinou