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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...

Magna Graecia: Corinthian Ship from 7th Century BC Found in Italy

A ship of Greek ceramics from the 7th century BC, discovered in Italy in 2019, sheds new light on Magna Graecia, the area of southern Italy that was founded by ancient Greeks. The ship, submerged at 780 meters depth,...

Greta Thunberg’s “Blah, Blah, Blah” Speech On Climate Crisis Hits a Nerve

Greta Thunberg's famous blah, blah, blah speech on the governments' inaction on the climate crisis brought a response on Thursday by Italy's PM Mario Draghi. Draghi met with climate activists Greta Thunberg, Vanessa Nakate and Martina Comparelli in Milan, during...

DNA Study Finds Etruscans Originated From Steppes, Not Anatolia

The mystery of the origins of the Etruscan people -- the center of an enigma that stretches back millennia -- has now been solved, due to the miracles of DNA testing. But in effect, the answer the scientists uncovered...

Etna Volcano Erupts Again; Volcanic Smog Reaches Greece

Italy's Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, erupted again on Tuesday, generating an ash plume that quickly rose to an altitude of almost 15,000 feet (4,500 meters). There have been no reports of damage as of press time. https://twitter.com/JayBirdReturns/status/1440352459705110532 The smog or...

Kostas Georgakis, the Student Who Set Himself on Fire for Greece

Kostas Georgakis, a Greek geology student who was attending university in Italy, set himself on fire in Genoa on September 19, 1970 as a protest against the Greek military dictatorship of the time. The 22-year-old's last words were "Long...

How Ancient Greeks Shaped the Latin Alphabet

The Latin alphabet is undoubtedly the world's most recognizable form of written language, whose history goes back in time to the eras of ancient Greek and Roman dominance of the entire Western world. In its modern form, with its many...

The Unique Ancient Tree that Produces Pearly-White Olives

White olives known as leucocarpa, or leucolea, is a rare variety of olive tree, mainly found in the south of Italy, in the region historically known as "Magna Graecia" or Greater Greece. Deriving its name from the Greek words for...

A List of Countries with COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

The rise of the delta variant of COVID-19 has caused some countries to mandate vaccinations in healthcare workers, high risk groups, and customers frequenting indoor businesses. Many have also implemented a vaccine passport system, requiring  individuals to show proof...