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Escaping the Queen’s Megaron: Studying sex and gender in the Ancient World

My title for this piece was inspired by Sir Arthur Evans, the excavator of the Minoan “palace” site at Knossos in north-central Crete, just outside of the city of Herakleion. As a well-to-do gentleman and …

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The Greek famine that people still remember and talk about today

People still talk about the Greek famine of 1941. In my novel “Someone Else’s War” and in its play adaptation, I wrote about how my grandmother Olga, who worked for …

Time to fight the ‘she’s a slut’ rape culture: Chanel Contos’ petition highlights how sexual bullying contributes to cultural misogyny

In an online petition launched by Chanel Contos in February, thousands of women have now disclosed instances of sexual harassment and assault when at school parties. The petition’s author was …

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 …

What is thrombocytopenia, the rare blood condition possibly linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine?

The federal government has asked Australia’s medical and vaccine regulators to urgently consider the European Medicines Agency’s finding of a possible link between the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID vaccine and rare blood …

Opinion: The differences across Greek-Australian generations

Generational differences are not exclusive to immigrant communities but as Greek-Australians, there are often cultural nuances that those outside of the community may not entirely understand. With each new generation …

Passive vaping: an impending threat to bystanders

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), also known as vapes, are gaining popularity among youths in many parts of the world, including the US and Europe. These young vapers are often unaware their …

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‘At least we get to call ourselves exotic’: Growing up half Greek and half Polish in Australia

Being a second-generation immigrant is a unique experience, different to that of first generations. As a child of Greek and Polish first-generation immigrants I have realised this from a young …

As international travellers return to Melbourne, will it be third time lucky for Victoria’s controversial hotel quarantine system?

International flights into Melbourne are set to resume today. Arrivals will be capped at 800 people in the first week, before increasing to 1,120 from 15 April. This marks the …

Coronavirus vaccine roll-out and the summer of our discontent

A good friend, who I sometimes vehemently disagree with, but whose opinion I always value nonetheless, asked me where I thought the Australian government went wrong on the coronavirus vaccine …

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