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Roman-Era Shipwreck Discovered Off Greece’s Kassos Island

Α Roman-era shipwreck, and evidence of other shipwrecks dating back to Greece's classical and Hellenistic eras, has been discovered in the sea off the island of Kassos, according to a Culture Ministry announcement made on Tuesday. Kassos is the southernmost...

New Lighting Scheme Completed at Temple of Hephaestus and Philopappos Monument

The redesigned lighting for all the major Athenian monuments is now complete, with the new lighting for the temple of Hephaestus and the monument to Philopappos shown for the first time on Tuesday evening in the Greek capital. The lighting...

New Year's Good Luck Charm Highlights 200 years of Greek Independence

In 2021, Greeks will celebrate 200 years since the Greek Revolution of 1821; the armed uprising waged by the Greek revolutionaries against the Ottomans, which resulted in the eventual overthrowing of the Ottoman Empire and creating an independent state. As...

Greek or Arab? Race Controversy Erupts Over White Actress Portraying Cleopatra

The internet exploded this past weekend when the beautiful Israeli action star Gal Gadot was chosen to portray the Egyptian queen Cleopatra in a new movie from Paramount directed by Patty Jenkins. Written by Greek-American screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis, the film...

Archaeological Museum of Pella Receives Prestigious Award

The Archaeological Museum of Pella, in the northern Greek region of Macedonia, was recently given the coveted 2020 Traveler's Choice Award by the international travel website Tripadvisor. The award is given to businesses, attractions, and monuments which consistently receive...

Archdiocese of North America Petitions UN on Hagia Sophia Reconversion

It was announced on Tuesday that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is petitioning United Nations experts to hold the Republic of Turkey accountable for what the archdiocese calls "its deliberate policies to erase the cultural heritage of Orthodox...

Greeks of Melbourne Organize Greece 2021 Bicentennial Celebrations

Home to the largest Greek population outside of Greece, the city of Melbourne, Australia is a center of the Greek diaspora. In honor of the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Greek War of Independence in 1821, the...

September 3, 1843: When Greeks Forced Their German King to Grant a Constitution

After Greece gained its independence after fighting off the Ottoman Empire, the Greek insurgents called upon Ioannis Kapodistrias, a former foreign minister of Russia, to take over the governance of the fledgling state in 1827. Kapodistrias ruled until 1831, when he...

World's First Computer Was Found in Greek Shipwreck at Antikythera

It was exactly 117 years ago -- May 17, 1902 -- when Spirydon Stais visited a museum which housed treasures from an ancient shipwreck. Among them was a round, green-encrusted piece of metal which caught his eye, as it looked...

The "Lady of Ro," Greece's Joan of Arc

Today marks the anniversary of the death of a lady who lived alone on a remote Greek island but whose small daily act of patriotism has seen her compared to France's Joan of Arc or Britain's Boudicca. Despina Achladioti, born...