The Greek ambassador in Libya Mr. Kyriakos Amiridis, honored Dr. Fadel Ali Mohamed, the Libyan professor of Archaeology and Ancient Languages with the Golden Order of Phoenix. The honor was conferred to him by the President of the Republic of Greece Mr. Karolos Papoulias.
For eight years Dr. Fadel Ali Mohamed was curator of Antiquities in Cyrene Special Advisor to the Libyan Ministry of Culture on Antiquities and Ancient Cities. He was also appointed Head of the Department of Antiquities after the Libyan Revolution of 2011. He also teaches ancient Greek at the University of “Omar Al Mukhtar” in Beida and Derma.
He has also published seven books in English about the Libyan archaeological sites of Cyrene, Ptolemais, Apolonia, Pentapolis, three books in Arabic about the Islamic coins and inscriptions in Cyrenaica and about the History of Al Faida and one book about the Greek Language in Cyrenaica.
Furthermore, he is responsible to preserve and promote the archaeological site of Cyrene and its museum. This is the biggest archaeological site outside Greece on the opposite coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It symbolizes the start of cultural relations between the two states since the 7th Century BC, when the first Greeks from Santorini reached Apollonia seaport of Ancient Cyrene. There they found a flourishing and booming city. The site of Cyrene is located in the famous “Green Mountain” and there, a museum has been established with more than 8,000 exhibited statues on the initiative of Dr. Fadel Ali Mohamed.
The Greek embassy stated that the ceremony took place at a crucial time for Libya which is an important and strategically located country in Northern Africa. Now, Libya is trying to protect and preserve its own cultural heritage, patrimony and treasure. At the same time Libya wants to establish democratic institutions, safety and prosperity to its population.
The Golden Order of Phoenix depicts the ancient Greek mythical bird “Phoenix” which was reborn from its ashes. It symbolizes the strength of humans to be reborn and overcome the difficulties that life gives them. Greece hopes that the mentioned symbolism will be reflected positively in Libya in order to have the renaissance it deserves.