Alexander Billinis

Features

New Orleans: the First American Diaspora

New Orleans is unique, a delicious blend of the Old and New Worlds. Situated near the mouth of the Mississippi River, which drains a vast portion of the North American …

Life

The Greek Diaspora, before Greece

Happy New Year 2020. Let’s turn the clock back 200 years, to 1820, just before the Greek Revolution in 1821. In the century or so prior to the Greek Revolution, …

Dialogue

Who speaks for the diaspora Greeks?

Greeks are a very individualistic lot. We often quarrel, and tend not to like others speaking for us. Having said that, for centuries Greeks have had to create organisations to …

Life

Stamps of my past, brightly coloured images from Greece’s four millenia of history

Two years ago, we moved from Chicago to South Carolina. Moving is never easy. It is a loss of nerves, and in my case, pounds from work and stress, and …

News

Shipping, a growing industry linked to the Greek identity

When pondering why Greeks are so involved in shipping, the answer seems obvious. A country of peninsulas and an archipelago, it is hardly a surprise that men of the Aegean …

Features

The ‘blessed Liberty Ships’: The ‘yeast’ that caused the Greek fleet to rise

I grew up in a family of Greek merchant sailors. My father, from Hydra, served in the Greek Navy and then the merchant marines, as did his father, grandfather, brother, …

Features

Mysteries of Medieval Mystras, Byzantium’s Indian summer and the birthplace of Modern Greece

Mystras figures less prominently in historical commentary and touristic itineraries than other Greek sites, but for profundity and for a true taste of sublime, understated beauty, it is peerless. Here …

Life

Danubian Byzantium: Greece in Belgrade

Geography, so goes the saying, is destiny. Belgrade is a city founded by natural and political geography. A hilly salient at the confluence of two major rivers, the Danube and …

Dialogue

How to talk to your kids about Byzantium

We often talk about history around the table. The date of 29 May, when heroic Constantinople finally fell to the Turks, always merits a discussion. Dinner table historical conversations are …

News

Discovering the Greeks in the heart of the American ‘South’

Last August my family and I packed our bags and left Chicago, the anchor of the American Midwest, for South Carolina, the heart of the American South. The ‘South’ conjures …