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The Fascinating Story of the First Greeks Sailing to Australia

Aptly titled "Hawks in a Cage," a book released recently describes the fascinating story of the first seven Greeks who sailed to Australia. The book, by Konstandina Moshou, is a fictional adventure taking place on a British ship in...

The Goddess Hera’s Place in Ancient Greek Mythology

The goddess Hera, who loomed large in Ancient Greek mythology, was not only the wife and sister of Zeus, the King of the gods. She was also a powerful deity in her own right. Hera, known as Juno in Roman...

Giorgos Seferis: The First Greek Poet to Win the Nobel Prize

On December 10, 1963, Greek diplomat and poet Giorgos Seferis was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature by King Gustav of Sweden.

Dekemvriana: The Clashes Between Greeks that Led to the Civil War

December 3, 1944 saw one of the bloodiest and most polarizing incidents in the history of the Greek civil war. Known as "Dekemvriana" (from December, the month it began),the Athens tragedy has come to characterize the period of horrific...

The History of Gyros, the Famous Greek Delicacy

The history of gyros, Greece's most popular fast food delicacy today, is lost in time. Recently it was named among four Greek delicacies that have made it to the top 50 foods of the world for 2022 according to TasteAtlas,...

The Lost Letters of the Greek Alphabet

The Greek alphabet has changed in many ways over the course of its existence. This is hardly surprising, given that the Greeks have been using it for nearly three millennia. One way in which it has changed is that...

Chestnuts: A Very Greek Wintertime Delicacy

In winter, roasted chestnut street stalls are a common sight in Greek cities. The sellers have small, portable braziers, heaps of roasted chestnuts ready to sell in paper cornets, and yet more that are still roasting. Dimitris, a twenty-year-old selling...

The Boston Marathon Winner Who Ran for Seven Million Hungry Greeks

Stylianos Kyriakides, was a Greek Cypriot marathon runner who won the Boston Marathon in 1946 with the goal of raising funds to provide food and shelter to Greeks suffering from severe poverty following the Second World War and the Greek...

Gorgopotamos: The Greatest Moment of Greek Resistance to the Nazis

The blowing up of the Gorgopotamos bridge on November 25, 1942 stands as the greatest moment of Greece's resistance during World War II.

The Laterna, the Iconic Instrument of Greek Street Musicians

Any visitor to Ermou, the main shopping street in Athens, has likely seen Spyros Tarapossos and his laterna, or barrel piano. The laterna is an automatic piano operated by turning a crank on the side of the instrument. It is...

Leonard Cohen Lives on Forever on Greek Island of Hydra

Influential singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen was continuously inspired by the Greek island of Hydra throughout his long career.

Greek Village Boasts True Descendants of Spartans

There is a Greek village in Mani, Peloponnese, called Neochori, where its residents boast they are true descendants of ancient Sparta.

‘Romeyka’ The Ancient Greek Dialect Spoken in Northern Turkey

Romeyka is a dialect of Greek spoken in the region of Trabzon (Trapezounta) and Pontus, around Turkey's Black Sea coast. Researchers say it bears striking resemblances to ancient Greek dialects. Its speakers are Muslims but many also trace their lineage...

Six of the Best Greek Comfort Foods for Cold Days

Whether you are looking for a warm soup to drive away the winter chill or a hearty, oven-baked meal, Greek food has some of the best comfort dishes for cold days. Get your pen and paper ready and jot down...

Athens Polytechnic Uprising: 50 Years Ago Greeks Rebelled Against the Junta

The Athens Polytechnic uprising occurred on November 17, 1973, as a massive student demonstration of the popular rejection of the Greek military junta of 1967 to 1974. The uprising that began on November 14, 1973, escalated to an open, anti-junta...