Alexander Billinis

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 …

Dialogue

Connecting to Hydra

I wrote this over 10 years ago, after my father passed away. When necessary, I will edit the text for context and to conform with the reality of today. My …

Dialogue

Putting names and faces to the Battle of the Atlantic

I have had the pleasure of writing for Neos Kosmos on occasion for the past several years. This is truly one of the best publications in the Diaspora, and I …