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Athens in the thrall of the Great Idea

Athens in the thrall of the Great Idea The year 1896, following the first modern Olympic Games, was defined by a widespread sense of optimism in Athens, a rather insignificant city of just 130,000. It was a time when “little Greece” began cultivating aspirations of victory, reaching out to realize the Great Idea by reclaiming […]

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From phobic to militant democracy, constitutionally

From phobic to militant democracy, constitutionally Modern liberal democracy can easily become phobic, but is hesitant to act as a militant democracy. It is anxious and fearful about election results in several Western countries – e.g. the recent congressional midterm elections – where the choices of the electorate may call into question the very values […]

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How to Train Like an Ancient Greek Athlete

How to Train Like an Ancient Greek Athlete Like their modern counterparts, ancient Greek athletes used a variety of methods to train for events. Credit: After Myron / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0 Even to this day, the legacy of ancient Greek athletes survives. Modern gym-goers will often comment that their goal is to get […]

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The ‘Greek Titanic’: The Worst Naval Disaster in Modern Greek History

The ‘Greek Titanic’: The Worst Naval Disaster in Modern Greek History At least 383 people died at the sinking of Himara in 1947 off Evia island. Public Domain The sinking of the Greek passenger steamer “Himara” on January 19, 1947 near South Evia, with a loss of at least 383 people, has been written into […]

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Digenes Akritas, Hero of the Byzantine Borderlands

Digenes Akritas, Hero of the Byzantine Borderlands A modern depiction of Digenes Akritas depicted in the style of a Byzantine icon by Greek artist Dimitrios Skourtelis. Credit: Dimitrios Skourtelis / Reddit Digenes Akritas (Διγενής Ακρίτας) is one of the only surviving epic poems from the Byzantine/Eastern Roman Empire. It tells the story of the titular […]

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Why Alexander the Great Ditched Plan for Ancient Wonder on Mount Athos

Why Alexander the Great Ditched Plan for Ancient Wonder on Mount Athos Modern engraving of Dinocrates’ proposal for Mount Athos. Public Domain Alexander the Great is said to have rejected a colossal project proposed by his architect and technical adviser Dinocrates to engrave Mount Athos. The architectural proposal which, if had been carried out would […]

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Artificial intelligence in the service of Greek foreign affairs

Artificial intelligence in the service of Greek foreign affairs A modern artificial intelligence tool will put the Diplomatic and Historical Archive of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a digital highway. Through the project announced by the Information Society to transform the physical archive into a digital record, the practice of diplomacy and foreign […]

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Six Architectural Landmarks of Modern Athens Lost Forever

Six Architectural Landmarks of Modern Athens Lost Forever The Actaion Hotel was built in 1903 in Athens’ southern suburb of Neo Faliro. Public Domain Some of Athens’s architectural landmarks were destroyed in the post-World War II years to make way for modern buildings that epitomized the rapid economic development of the country. Athens was the […]

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“The Carols”: The Most Celebrated Painting in Modern Greek Art

“The Carols”: The Most Celebrated Painting in Modern Greek Art The wife of the house stands with her toddler in the window, listening to the carols in the panting of Nikiforos Lytras. Public Domain The beloved painting titled “The Kalanda,” The carols created in 1872 by the Greek master Nikiforos Lytras, is one of the […]

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«Modern Love»: Μια έκθεση για τις σχέσεις και το διαδίκτυο

«Modern Love»: Μια έκθεση για τις σχέσεις και το διαδίκτυο Το Modern Love, μια έκθεση για την αγάπη και τους στενούς ανθρώπινους δεσμούς στα χρόνια του ύστερου καπιταλισμού, της παγκοσμιοποίησης, της ψηφιακής διασύνδεσης και των μέσων κοινωνικής δικτύωσης. Διερευνά πώς η ψηφιακή τεχνολογία και η σύγχρονη οικονομία έχουν μετασχηματίσει το συναίσθημα και τις κοινωνικές σχέσεις […]

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Modern Love | Athens | December 15 – May 28

Modern Love | Athens | December 15 – May 28 “Modern Love (or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies)” is the subject of the new season’s big group show at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (emst.gr), bringing together the work of 24 artists from 41 countries. Inspired by Eva Illouz’s book “Cold Intimacies: […]

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A dark chapter of Greek history

A dark chapter of Greek history I am often asked by American literary friends why modern Greece has produced so many more great poets than prose writers, noting that the country’s two Nobel laureates, Giorgos Seferis and Odysseas Elytis, both wrote poetry rather than fiction. My first response is to point out that Greeks have […]

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New green and innovative Business Park in Fyli, near Athens

New green and innovative Business Park in Fyli, near Athens A modern and organized business park will be created in the Spilies area of the Municipality of Fyli for the installation of transport companies currently based in the Eleonas area, as T. Zeliaskopoulos, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development […]

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Seven Benefactors Who Shaped Modern Greece

Seven Benefactors Who Shaped Modern Greece Benefactors Who Shaped Modern Greece. Credit: Armineaghayan / wikimedia commons CCBY-SA4.0 (Academy of Athens) Seven of the most important benefactors in Greece contributed massively to the birth of modern Greece after the fighting heroes kicked out the Ottomans through their generosity and philanthropy. These men were industrialists, shipping magnates, […]

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What Witches from Ancient Greece Tell Us About Modern Witchcraft

What Witches from Ancient Greece Tell Us About Modern Witchcraft Medea About to Murder Her Children by Eugène Ferdinand Victor Delacroix (1862). Public Domain From ancient Greece through Puritan New England, witches functioned as easy targets for cultural anxieties about gender, power and mortality. By Joel Christensen Living on the North Shore in Boston in […]

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1923 Refugee Influx | Athens | October 18

1923 Refugee Influx | Athens | October 18 Respected journalist and expert on modern and ancient Greek history Bruce Clark has been invited by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ascsa.edu.gr) to deliver a lecture titled “Invisible Capital: How the Refugees of 1923 Transformed the Social, Cultural and Religious Life of Athens.” The […]

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Greece-Turkey Conflicts: A Modern History

Greece-Turkey Conflicts: A Modern History Greece and Turkey have been engaged in several conflicts in recent history due to their complex and mostly hostile relationship. Since the establishment of the modern Greek state in the 19th century, the neighbouring countries have fought on two occasions. They have come close to military conflict on several others. […]

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Yannis Markopoulos | Athens | September 20

Yannis Markopoulos | Athens | September 20 Hailed as one of the country’s most significant modern composers and the artists who galvanized the “back to the roots” movement back in the 1970s, Yannis Markopoulos is celebrating 60 years on the stage with a big concert at the Herod Atticus Theater (Dionysiou Areopagitou, Acropolis). The 83-year-old […]

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Modern waste management unit to replace caldera dump

Modern waste management unit to replace caldera dump The dump with arguably the planet’s best view on the island of Santorini is to become a thing of the past in a few years after the announcement by the South Aegean Regional Authority of a tender for the construction and operation of a modern waste management […]

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Hydra, Where the Modern Greek Merchant Marine Began

Hydra, Where the Modern Greek Merchant Marine Began The Brig Ares, by French Painter François Geoffroi Roux – Benaki Museum Most Greeks have substantial familiarity with the graphically gorgeous island of Hydra due to the island’s protagonist role in the epic struggle of the Greek War of Independence. Most non-Greeks familiar with the island know […]

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University of California Announces New Lectureship in Modern Greek

University of California Announces New Lectureship in Modern Greek UCLA seeks a lecturer in Modern Greek. Credit: University of California The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has announced the establishment of a permanent new position for a lecturer in Modern Greek. […]

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Modern Greek Returns to the University of Utah

Modern Greek Returns to the University of Utah Modern Greek was taught for almost 60 years at the University. Credit: Facebook/UNiversity of Utah The University of Utah announced recently that Modern Greek will be taught at the Department of World Languages and Cultures starting this semester. One of the beginner Modern Greek classes will be […]

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Pilgrimage to Greek island shrine binds the nation

Pilgrimage to Greek island shrine binds the nation In modern Greece, the festival dedicated to the Dormition of the Panagia, or the passing of the Virgin Mary from earthly life, is celebrated on August 15, marking the end of the 15-day fast in her honor. The feast was first celebrated in the 7th century. The […]

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Venice: Modern Greece’s First Diaspora

Venice: Modern Greece’s First Diaspora Image of San Giorgio dei Greci Church, from across the canal “Rio dei Greci.” Venice was the place where the first Greek Diaspora settled in the modern, post-Byzantine era. The Greeks who arrived in Venice included all classes, from the daughter of the last Byzantine Prime Minister, the Duchess Notarina, […]

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The Ancient Greek Sanctuary of Dodona

The Ancient Greek Sanctuary of Dodona Panorama of the theatre of Dodona, the modern village of Dodoni and the snow-capped Mount Tomaros are visible in the background. Credit: Onno Zweers/ CC BY-SA 3.0 The ancient Greek sanctuary and theater of Dodona are part of a uniquely historic site in the country, home to the oldest oracle, […]

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Capital Product Partners: Purchases of four modern newly built vessels

Capital Product Partners: Purchases of four modern newly built vessels Capital Product Partners L.P. , an international owner of ocean-going vessels, today announced the acquisition of one 174,000 cubic meter (“cbm”) latest generation X-DF LNG carrier (“LNG/C”) and three 13,278 TEU hybrid scrubber-fitted, latest generation eco container vessels, all with long term charters attached, for […]

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The History of Oligarchs, from Ancient Greece to Modern Russia

The History of Oligarchs, from Ancient Greece to Modern Russia The term Oligarchy comes from the Ancient Greek for “rule by few.” Credit: Gary Bembridge/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-2.0 The term “oligarch” has become commonplace in the wake of the war in Ukraine, but its roots date all the way back to ancient Greece. Oligarchs are extremely wealthy […]

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‘Greek PISA’ assessment tests to be held on Wednesday

‘Greek PISA’ assessment tests to be held on Wednesday The assessment tests in Modern Greek and Mathematics, otherwise known as the “Greek PISA” (Programme for International Student Assessment)” will be held on Wednesday. A total of 6,000 students in the 6th grade of primary school and the 3rd grade of high school from 600 schools […]

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How Does Odysseus’ Bow Fare Against Modern Weapons?

How Does Odysseus’ Bow Fare Against Modern Weapons? Odysseus slaying his wife’s suitors. By the Penelope Painter; Classical era, ca. 440 BC. Found in the excavations at Tarquinia. Berlin, Altes Museum. Credit: ArchaiOptix Odysseus’ bow has been famous around the world ever since Homer’s “Odyssey” told the tale of how the returning hero strung it after […]

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Modern Critics Rally Against “Inhumane” Greek Easter Lamb Feast

Modern Critics Rally Against “Inhumane” Greek Easter Lamb Feast A demonstrator holds a placard with a photo of a sheep reading: “For you, it’s just a meal. For me it is my whole life.” For Greeks, the annual roasted lamb, slowly turning on the spit on Easter Sunday, is not only a mouth-watering delicacy but […]

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