Opening Address to the 9th Convention
President, Prof. van Alphen asked me to give some thoughts on the meaning and importance of a scientific academy in general and the Academia Eurasiana Neurochirurgica in particular. I feel greatly honoured to accept his invitation. As you know, the Greek “Academeia” (άκαδήμεια), academia in Latin, was said to derive its name from a mythological hero, Hekademos or Academus (‘Ακαδημοѕ’) who, according to legend, revealed to Castor and Pollux, where Theseus had hidden the young Helen with whom Theseus had eloped, so that the Dioscuri could bring back Helen who later became the famous beauty of the Trojan War. Academia was the name of a shrine and an olive grove located about one mile north-west of the city wall of ancient Athens. The area was improved and adorned by Cimon (510–449 B.C.), an Athenian statesman and a general and a hero of the Battle of Salamis.