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The Fascinating History of Thessaloniki’s Iconic White Tower

Residents of Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, often use its White Tower as a point of reference when giving directions in the city.

Calabrian Greek, a Language on the Brink of Extinction

There are two minority Greek languages officially recognized in Italy's south. Greko and Griko -- both spoken by the "Calabrian Greeks" -- are both timeless testaments to the ancient Greeks' colonization of southern Italy in the 8th and 7th...

Godfathers Banned at Sicily Baptisms Due to Mafia Exploitation Fears

Catholic church leaders have banned the naming of baptismal godparents in one Italian diocese amid concern that their role can be exploited by the Mafia. Earlier this month, the Roman Catholic dioceses of Catania, in Sicily, put a three-year...

Was Greek Philosopher Diogenes the Cynic the First Anarchist?

Greek philosopher Diogenes could have been the first anarchist, or the first satirist, or the first naturalist -- depending on the reader's point of view.

Why Do Greeks Try to See Their Fortune in a Coffee Cup?

The reading of fortunes in the grinds of a Greek coffee cup is a tradition that runs for centuries, making coffee cup reading an act that ranges from a few minutes of fun to great (or ominous) expectations for...

Greek Bouzouki Virtuoso Wins Classical Music Award in Vienna

Greek bouzouki virtuoso Michael Paouris won first prize at the Classical Music Competition held last Sunday in Vienna. Paouris won the international event at the iconic at the Mozarthaus with his composition "Virtuosonata No. 1" which he created just 12...

La Belle Otero: The Greek-Spanish Beauty Who Enchanted the Belle Epoque

Agustina del Carmen Otero Iglesias, known as "La Belle Otero," was said to be the most beautiful woman of the Belle Epoque -- so beautiful, in fact, that men dueled and died over her. The actress, dancer, model, and...

“Nestor’s Cup” with Racy Inscription Buried with Remains of Three People

An ancient grave with a Nestor's Cup that was believed to contain the remains of a child has now been found to be the burial place of three adults. Ancient Greeks normally buried their loved ones in pithoi, large pottery...

Petros Arapakis: Legend of Love, Greek Circumnavigates Globe

Petros Arapakis wagered that Greeks were the best sailors in the world. That bet cost him his life but made him both a local and international legend. Born and raised in a castle in the Mani region in the 19th...

“Squid Game” English Subtitles Change Meaning of Netflix Series

The Korean-language television drama Squid Game's "botched" English subtitles have changed the Netflix show's meaning for English-speaking viewers, according to many fans. The popular Netflix sci-fi series was released worldwide last month and is on track to beat "Bridgerton" to...

Acropolis Museum in Athens Deserves to Welcome Parthenon Sculptures

UNESCO recently called for the return of the Parthenon sculptures to Athens from the British Museum, but the appeal has fallen on deaf ears. By Alexis Georgoulis - (MEP European Left) The day that UNESCO called for the return of the...

Ancient Greek Philosophers’ Timeless Wisdom

Some of the best quotes by Greek philosophers are sure to make you reflect on life's many issues, and change the way you think.

Rare Icons Stolen from Greek Monastery Repatriated from Germany

Greek authorities reclaimed earlier in the week two rare icons that were stolen from a monastery in northern Greece and illicitly exported to Germany. Greek authorities took possession of the icons, dating back to the 18th century and which depict...

UNESCO’s Appeal for Return of Parthenon Marbles Falls on Deaf Ears

The recent decision by UNESCO which opens the door for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece was dismissed by the British Museum earlier in the week. The UN’s cultural arm requested Great Britain and the British Museum to...

Athina Onassis Today: Heiress Unrecognizable at Monte Carlo Wedding

Athina Onassis, the granddaughter of Aristotle Onassis, made a rare public appearance at the wedding of Sammy Zane and Lauren Van Berkel in Monte Carlo. The 36-year-old equestrian was practically unrecognizable in the crowd of over 700 guests attending the...