Dean Kalimniou

Dialogue

The battle for Arabic Crete

For approximately 135 years, Crete, an island that is, in the Greek popular consciousness, inextricably linked to the foundations of civilisation and Greece itself, was one of the major foes …

Dialogue

The holocaust of the old gods

Superficially, at least, Constantine Cavafy’s enigmatic last poem, completed just days before his death in 1933, On the Outskirts of Antioch, focuses upon an episode in the life of the …

Dialogue

Definition shift

Some years ago, I was re-reading Stratis Myrivilis’ classic anti-war novel Η ζωή εν τάφω (Life in the Tomb), a harrowing account of life in the trenches of the Macedonian …

Dialogue

The Eurovision Code

I don’t know about you, but I am incensed but not unduly astonished at the poor reception afforded by Europeans to Greece’s worthy contribution to the Eurovision song contest. In …

Dialogue

On bin scabs and libraries

Most nights I read to my daughters from a rather tattered and worse for wear storybook by Georgia Tarsouli, entitled Στης Μαμάς την Αγκαλιά. It has been in my custody …

Dialogue

Lares

The image of the Three Hierarchs on the small oval icon can barely be seen. This is because the metal backing has begun to rust and the oxidisation has spread …

Life

Tightrope walking

Ακροβασία, renderable in English as “tightrope walking,” literally signifies walking on tiptoes. In his recently released poetry collection of the same name, poet Dimitris Troaditis takes the reader upon a …

News

Pan-Mac probed

Recently, the speaker of the Greek Parliament stated that among other organisations, Pan-Mac (Pan-Macedonian Association) signed a letter addressed to the Greek government in which its members were threatened with …

Features

‘Apodimia’ photographed

The woman in the photograph accompanying this text is captured in that act of bidding goodbye to her sister. As her sister is long gone, the young woman, now an …

Revolution unhinged

Towards the end of his life, the great scholar of what is referred to as the Greek Enlightenment, Adamantios Korais, wrote: “The increase and spread of education in the French …