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May 1st: celebrating nature

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Today, I’m not going to take you to any archaeological site. Instead, we’re going to Hymettus Mountain, very near Athens, to celebrate May 1st in a pre Covid-19 fashion. May first has been traditionally celebrated by going out in nature. … Continue reading

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The Holy Friday procession

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Today, our online journey will not take us to a place on the map, but to an alternative reality; we are going to visit Greece on a Holy Friday without Covid-19. Most countries have already celebrated Easter, but the Orthodox … Continue reading

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Tracing inspiration – commemorative coins for the Persian Wars

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Twenty-five centuries ago, the Greek city-states faced their first great threat, not only against their independence, but against their very existence. The threat was the great expeditionary force of the Persian Empire whose aim was to take over the entire … Continue reading

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Divas of the Acropolis

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The Acropolis fauna comprises many species, most notable of which are the tortoises, often making an appearance among the vegetation of its Southern slope. There are also the ubiquitus pigeons, doves and sparrows. However, a new species has come to … Continue reading

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The icy footprints of Telemachus

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Greece may not have hurricanes and cyclones, but Greek meteorologists have adopted the fashion of naming weather systems. Not surprisingly, they choose names from the country’s historical and mythological figures; the latest was Telemachus. Telemachus was the son of Odysseus, … Continue reading

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New dog, old tricks

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Sometime in the 6th century BCE, an unknown Athenian, or perhaps the city itself, dedicated the statue of a hunting dog to the Acropolis, in front of the Sanctuary of Artemis, goddess of the hunt, which was near the Parthenon. … Continue reading

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Tsiknopempti

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It’s Tsiknopempti, a day of fun and gluttony. The Greeks everywhere gather for festive meals with family and friends. Tavernas, grills and restaurants are packed, with long queues forming at their doorsteps. For those who opt to stay home but … Continue reading