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The Day Kapodistrias, the First Leader of Modern Greece, was Killed

On September 27, 1831, Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first leader of Greece after the Ottoman occupation, was assassinated in Nafplio. His killing robbed the country from the chance to become a modern state sooner. Born on Corfu on February 11, 1776,...

Speaking English Using Greek: Zolotas’ Historic Speech to World Bankers

Many Greeks recall the speeches in English — peppered with Greek-origin words and phrases — given by economist and politician Xenophon Zolotas in the late 1950s. Zolotas was director of the Bank of Greece when he appeared in front of...

Guide to the Classics: Homer’s Odyssey

Homer's Odyssey is the quintessential quest that relates to our passage through life and the importance of love, family and home. Odysseus’s adventures have influenced everyone from Batman to Bob Dylan.  By Chris Mackie The Odyssey of Homer is a Greek...

Pavlos Bakoyannis: The Greek Politician Assassinated by November 17 Terrorists

It was September 26, 1989 when former publisher and New Democracy MP Pavlos Bakoyannis was assassinated by three members of the November 17 terrorist group outside his office in downtown Athens. It was a dastardly crime which shook Greece's political world...

Greek President Attends Historic Siege of Tripolis Commemoration

President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Sunday attended events commemorating the bicentennial of the siege of Tripolis by Greeks struggling for independence from the Ottoman Turks. The siege of Tripolitsa, Greece (today’s city of Tripolis) was a pivotal moment in...

‘Samina’ Ferry Disaster Haunts Greece More than 20 Years Later

The disaster with the sinking of the ferry boat Express Samina in September 26, 2000 off the coast of Paros Island that claimed the lives of 81 people still haunts Greece. The ferry remains at the bottom of the Aegean...

Greek Gods Come to Life in Archaeological Finds from Turkey

An archaeological discovery in Turkey resulted in the unearthing of dozens of terracotta figurines depicting ancient Greek gods, men, women, and animals. The artifacts, which are over 2,000 years old, were found in the ancient Greek town of Myra, which...

Cancer-Curing Miracle Water: The Scam that Fooled Thousands of Greeks

It was the beginning of 1976 when a lawyer called Giorgos Kamateros claimed that he had discovered the cure for cancer in the miracle waters of a spring located in the town of his birth, on the Greek island...

Severed Limbs and Wooden Feet: How the Ancients Invented Prosthetics

An early mention of an ancient prosthetic comes from the Greek historian Herodotus, who tells the story of Hegesistratus, an Ancient Greek diviner who cut off his own foot to escape his Spartan captors -- and replaced it with...

The Best Operas on Themes from Greek Mythology

There are at least fourteen major operas that are based on themes and personages from Greek mythology and its glittering history. That says all one needs to know about the universality of Greek mythology and history, how much they...

Liberty Ships: The “Ugly Ducklings” that Transformed Greek Shipping

Liberty Ships, first built during World War II,  transformed the Greek shipping industry. By Lia Mageira “Your safety altogether depends upon the sea.” Xenophon, 4th century BC, Greek historian and philosopher During World War II, between 1941 and 1945, a total of 2,711...

The Deadliest Femme Fatales in Ancient Greek Mythology

There are many strong and powerful women, or femme fatales, who became known for their ruthlessness and cunning ways in Greek mythology, such as Circe, Clytemnestra, and Medea. These women were powerful, and often deadly, forces, despite the fact that...

What Questions Did Ancient Greeks Ask the Oracles?

Ancient Greeks were curious people and they would frequently ask questions about the world and themselves, as the writings of philosophers of the times indicate. At the same time, in some aspects at least, they were like modern people...