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“Tsougrisma,” a Greek Easter custom

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There is no Easter bunny hiding eggs for the Greek children to find. The eggs are in plain sight, on the table, for everyone to take. Yet, no one may eat them before “cracking” them with someone, exchanging wishes and … Continue reading

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The Epitaphios procession on Great Friday

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It may be known as Good Friday to many, but to the Greeks there’s nothing good on the Friday before Easter Sunday. That is the day when the entire Orthodox community mourns the passing of Jesus Christ. Symbolic death and … Continue reading

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Dionysus in Delos

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Most people think that Dionysus, the god of wine, was no more than the drunken sidekick of Greek mythology. In fact, he was a rather powerful god who controlled the wild forces of nature. He did not care for the … Continue reading

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A plant of gods and mortals

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In the beginning of spring, an impressive flower towers high above all others. It is usually found on roadsides, abandoned fields and archaeological sites all over Greece. It is giant fennel (ferula communis) but, despite its similarity with fennel, it … Continue reading

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Dancing in Athens

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This is not just another viral videoclip; it was filmed by volunteers and shows people dancing in various corners of the world, in an endeavor to convey a message of love and brotherhood. Besides its positive message, there is another reason … Continue reading

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The champion of Auschwitz

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Today is the 72nd anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and a National Holocaust Remembrance Day for Greeks. Today, I’m not posting pictures monuments or artifacts. I’m posting the photo of a man, who survived the man-made hell that was … Continue reading

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Imperial symbols and public image

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Today it is Emperor Hadrian’s birthday. Born on January 24th, 76 CE, in Italica, Spain, he would become Emperor 41 years later. Hadrian left his mark all over the Roman Empire, but he was especially partial to the Greek cities … Continue reading

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Faces of an Emperor

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Nineteen hundred years ago, a young Roman aristocrat, Publius Aelius Hadrianus, became Emperor of the Roman Empire. Heir to Emperor Trajan, he assumed the official name Caesar Traianus Hadrianus Augustus and remained in power for the next 21 years, from … Continue reading

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Off the beaten path, under snow

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Snow has the power to transform; under its blanket even the ugliest urban landscape may appear magical and fairy-tale like. This of course applies even more when snow covers archaeological sites. These past few days, Greece experienced rare plummeting temperatures … Continue reading

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Happy new year with a pomegranate

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In ancient Greece, pomegranates played a prominent part in the myth of Persephone, but were also symbols of fertility, plenty, and wealth.  In modern Greece, the pomegranate has maintained its symbolism. Custom demands that the new year begin with the … Continue reading