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Dean Kalimniou

Children of the Revolution: The lost childhoods of 1821

Yiannis Gounaris is, at least in the popular consciousness, an obscure figure of the Greek Revolution of 1821. Hailing from Ioannina, he was employed by Omer Vryoni as his official …

Righteous Muslims: Paying the price for 1821

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 The conventional narrative on the Greek Revolution is generally dualistic to the point …

Russian humanitarian aid during the Greek revolution

Ἤκουσα φωνῆς ἐρχομένης ἀπό τῆς ἄρκτου ἥτις ἔλεγεν οὕτω: ῾Ρωσία ἐξύπνησον οὖν ἐκ τοῦ ὕπνου… Agathangelos It matters not a bit that Theokleitos Polyeidis, the monk who composed a set …

‘My George Zangalis’, remembering the man who offered so much to his community

– Ω Κώτσιο, a gravelly voice would resound in my ears. Without turning around, I would invariably know who was calling me, and so I would respond: – Ω μπάρμπα …

Life

Dreaming that Greece might still be free

Last Wednesday, the 17 March, the City of Moreland, home to one of the most historically significant Greek communities in Melbourne, held a Greek Bicentennial Day Celebration and Flag Raising …

Dialogue

The Greek Mata Hari and the revolution

In her book, “Women of ‘21,” Greek historian and feminist Koula Xiradaki observes that the historiography of the 1821 Revolution has become “like the monasteries of Mount Athos: a place …

Byzantine ecclesiastical music, where tradition is a way of life

As far as I can remember, Byzantine music has been part of my life. One of my earliest memories is of waking up to the smell of incense and listening …

Saving face: Why Facebook blocked Australian media but not Neos Kosmos

One can do naught else but praise Social Media god Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan for posting a selfie from the Acropolis a few years ago, which they …

Serbs in the Greek revolution

Ν΄ ἀνάψωμεν μία φλόγα, σὲ ὅλην τὴν Τουρκιά, Νὰ τρέξ΄ ἀπὸ τὴν Μπόσνα, καὶ ὡς τὴν Ἀραπιά. “We will light a flame throughout the Turkish lands That will spread from …

Euphrates’ sister, lore of bridges from Arta and Assyria

Some months after our wedding, my wife and I were driving in the car listening to Assyrian music. A particularly jaunty tune engaged my attention and I asked: “What is …

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