Saving Arion Could Take A Marathon — BU's Classics Journal Raises Funds, Celebrates 2500th Anniversary of Original Marathon

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Arion Development Chairman will run the Original Marathon this fall in Athens in celebration of its 2,500th anniversary to raise the awareness and funds necessary to save Boston University's prestigious classics and humanities journal.

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2010 marks the 2500th Anniversary of the original Marathon in Greece

Stamatis’ effort to stretch his limits in running the Athens Marathon symbolizes a collective passion for the classics—and the striving after excellence they embody...

Boston University's Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, is kicking off its fundraising campaign by participating in the Athens Classic Marathon in October 2010. At this 2,500th anniversary of the Greeks saving civilization, the 20-year-old publication, headed by Professor Herb Golder, celebrates its own anniversary and has set a goal of raising $400,000 over two years to be set aside in a development fund to preserve and ensure the future success of the publication.

Dr. Golder recruited former student Stamatis N. Astra to chair the Development Committee and spearhead the fundraising effort. Mr. Astra responded not only by accepting the challenge, but also by volunteering to run his first marathon—with an added hurdle: supporters who donate online will have the unique opportunity to “Challenge the Chairman.” If he doesn’t cross the finish line, Stamatis will match the contributor’s original pledge.

"Running the 2,500 Marathon seemed the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of Arion and achieve our fundraising goal," says Stamatis Astra. “I have known Dr. Golder for twenty years and am committed to saving Arion. Whenever I am faced with a dilemma, I summon the lessons of the classics and attribute that confidence to the education I received from Dr. Golder and the values he instilled in me."

As Dr. Golder said, “Stamatis’ effort to stretch his limits in running the Athens Marathon symbolizes the passion for the classics—and the striving after excellence they embody—that I hope to inspire my students with.”

To learn more about Arion's fundraising campaign, please visit

About Arion:
Published by Boston University since 1990, Arion is at once unique and highly distinguished, offering readers the best in contemporary criticism, translation of the great classics, and original writing. Having won prizes like the Council of Editors of Learned Journals’ Phoenix Award as well as the American Philological Association’s Outreach Award, Arion presents, not only for specialists but also for the public at large, a renewed vision of the force of the classics and of their importance to modern life.

Boston University Contact:
Herb Golder, Publisher
Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics | Boston University


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