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Alexander Billinis

Diaspora: Time to read history and compare notes

How often do we speak across the Diaspora, aside from people who are family? How often do Greek Americans coordinate and communicate with Greek Australians? What about with Greeks in …

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The Treaty of Kucuk Kayndardji and the Greek Revolution

Few events could have been more important in the road to Greek national agency than this treaty in 1774 which ended the Russo-Turkish War. The war itself had been devastating …

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Heard about the Hydriot who was a War of Independence Hero – for Argentina?

Quite close to the Hydra Museum and its Merchant Marine Academy, the oldest such academy in the world, there are a series of commemorative plaques and statues. Far too many …

Life

Hydra – Its name, its riddles and its narrator

I remember growing up on Hydra every summer in the 1980s, leaving my Salt Lake City, Utah home, to go to our home on my father’s native island. A history-obsessed …

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Hydra’s Nautical Academy: The oldest in the world

For millennia, Aegean islanders have plied the seas seeking fortune on the water sometimes denied to them on land. At no time was this truer than during the era when …

Life

Primary Sources, and Their Power

Savvas Koktzoglou is a retired mechanical engineer, a Greek American from Chicago, Illinois. He is a native of Drama, in Greece’s province of Macedonia, a child of Pontic Greeks from …

Life

A chat with the Director of the Historical Archives of the Museum of Hydra

Hydra itself is a living museum. Few are the places where time seems to have stopped, and the visitor can walk the streets of a place – in this case, …

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Hydra Mayor George Koukoudakis highlights Hydra’s role in 1821, ahead of the 2021 bicentenary of Greek Independence

Hydriots seldom lack in pride for their island. Hydra’s physical beauty is almost mythical, its light, sea, and atmosphere a constant inspiration for both the artistic and for those who …

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Hydra: “The Rock of Liberty” tells its story

No narrative of the Greek War of Independence is complete without a central place given to Hydra. This tiny island, basically a granite megalith rising sheerly out of the Saronic …

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Sublime Trieste, a mosaic of nationalities with haunting Greek remnants

There are few cities so sublime as Trieste. It is a work of art, architecture, geography topography and variety. Its people are a mosaic, at once Byzantine, Hapsburg, and Italian, …

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