Category: Greece

Do people in other countries “hate” their capital city?

By: | Post date: August 19, 2016 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Australia, Greece

The reason why we in Australia built Canberra in a middle of nowhere sheep paddock was precisely that the two main cities, Melbourne and Sydney, hated each other. NSW and Victoria were quite independent colonies before Federation; and Australia is a federation, as in decentralised state, precisely because of that independence. (As with other federations, […]

Alas I’m forty

By: | Post date: August 3, 2016 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Greece, Personal

I’m turning 45 in a month, actually; but this Cretan song I heard in my youth has been haunting me since I turned forty. I even had the first verse of it as my Skype mood message for a fair while. Άχι και σαραντάρισα, δεν κάνω μπλιο γι’ αγάπεςκαι μου ’ρχεται να τροζαθώ και να […]

Why do we call 5th century BC Greek the Classical period?

By: | Post date: July 19, 2016 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Greece

Classics The word Classics is derived from the Latin adjective classicus, meaning “belonging to the highest class of citizens”. The word was originally used to describe the members of the highest class in ancient Rome. By the 2nd century AD the word was used in literary criticism to describe writers of the highest quality. For […]

In memoriam Gerasimos Arsenis

By: | Post date: June 20, 2016 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Greece, Quora

Context: Dimitra Triantafyllidou’s answer to How does one cook lokma? I was bantering with Dimitra on the Melbourne nouveau Lokma place, St Gerry’s. Named after the patron saint of Cephallonia, Gerasimus of the Jordan. Which reminded me of the funniest joke I’ve heard in Greek, told by the late Gerasimos Arsenis, another Cephallonian. As recounted […]

Markos Vamvakaris: Είσαι μελαχρινό και νόστιμο

By: | Post date: January 9, 2011 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Greece, Music
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Rebetiko music was a fusion of styles, and the fusion can be seen in progress through the ’30s. The antecedents of rebetiko are murky, but the most visible antecedent is Smyrneika, the music of Anatolian cafés, which came with the Anatolian refugees to Greece in the ’20s, and was taken up as the emblem of […]

The ashes of Sukhumi

By: | Post date: July 4, 2010 | Comments: 1 Comment
Posted in categories: Greece

This story picks through the ashes. When I was finishing my undergrad and moving through to linguistics in 1993, the war in Abkhazia was underway. There was plenty of grubby conduct on both sides, and Abkhazia was in the end thoroughly ethnically cleansed; but outsiders with no stake in the Caucasus had sympathies for the […]

… “We’re talking about people’s lives!”

By: | Post date: May 10, 2010 | Comments: 2 Comments
Posted in categories: Greece

I have been wanting to write, since reading of it, about the deaths in Athens. And unhealthily (because of such recursion is our society enmeshed), I have been wanting to write about the reactions to the deaths. What I would write would be reactionary, and vindictive, and uninformed. I don’t particularly want to say I’m […]

Greeks speaking the wrong language

By: | Post date: April 7, 2010 | Comments: 10 Comments
Posted in categories: Greece

The Mariupolitans are a distinct group of ethnic Greeks living in the Ukraine, who formerly lived in Crimea. Like I explained in the Other Place, a minority of Mariupolitans speak not Greek, but a variant of Crimean Tatar they call Greek: Urum. They are not the only people who consider themselves Greek but speak a […]

Ioannis Kondylakis: How the village turned Christian

By: | Post date: March 26, 2010 | Comments: 5 Comments
Posted in categories: Greece

I’ve had an odd week, and as revenge against the elements, I’ve done a slightly odd thing. It’s Greek National Day, and Greek bloggers turn their thoughts to debates on nationalism. The Magnificent Nikos Sarantakos’ Blog was no exception, and during the discussion that developed, I made a glancing mention of the Cretan Muslims, a […]

Authenticities and Cretan Musics

By: | Post date: September 17, 2009 | Comments: 10 Comments
Posted in categories: Greece, Music
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I’m not posting about Quebec or Acadia for a while, for absence of stimulus, and seasonal illness: I’ve stayed home sick three days so far this month, and those days have not been spent blogging (nor reading those books on Acadian I’d borrowed.) I’ll still post on identity construction, closer to home; and the emphasis […]

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