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Native Greek Horses: from Man- & Fish-eaters to Gaiters

25.01.2016 in History

Native Greek Horses: from Man- & Fish-eaters, BC, to DMRT3 Gaiters in Modern Times In an ongoing interdisciplinary collaborative research project of the Aristotle and Texas A&M Universities, ‘mythical’ or prehistoric data from the 3rd or 2nd millennium BC reported by Greek writers, historians and tragedians in classical times are elucidated by a new approach reflecting taming, domestication, zoogeography and evolution of Equus caballus in Greece, from Thrace to the Peloponnese. Man-eating horses: Myth or Myth-history? It is our belief that factual events in stories written by ancient writers and painted or sculpted on vases and reliefs by artists were…

The Herakleidon Museum

25.01.2016 in Museums

The Herakleidon Museum For more than a decade, the Herakleidon Museum has brought engaging exhibits to visitors of its museum in Athens, Greece. It has evolved from an art museum into an interactive education museum for children and found overwhelming success. In its early years, the Herakleidon Museum (founded in 2004) exhibited extraordinary works of art. The treasures within its collections include pieces by M.C. Escher, Victor Vasarely, and Toulouse-Lautrec. And, its stunning neoclassical structure that dates back to 1898, the museum also hosted a series of popular seminars, workshops, musical and literary events, engaging its visitors in a variety…

Lysippos Epoesen, A film by Niko Franghias

25.01.2016 in Arts & Culture

“Lysippos Epoesen, The Story and the Art of Alexander the Great’s Legendary Sculptor” An award winning film written, designed and directed by Niko Franghias   HE CHOSE BRONZE AS HIS MEDIUM HIS MASTERPIECES HAVE REACHED US IN MARBLE ALEXANDER THE GREAT’S EXCLUSIVE PORTRAITIST HE CHANGED ART FOREVER BY INTRODUCING INGENIOUS INNOVATIONS HIS STYLE BECAME THE IDEAL MODEL FOR SCULPTURE INSPIRING ARTISTS THROUGHOUT EUROPE NOW, THE SPIRIT OF BRONZE AND THE SPIRIT OF MARBLE GUIDE US ON A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME RESEARCHING THE STORY AND THE WORKS OF THE MYTHICAL SCULPTOR   “Lysippos Epoesen,” inspired by the story and the art of Alexander…

Getty Villa Displays Collection of Spectacular Early 19th Century Illustrations…

25.01.2016 in Museums

Getty Villa Displays Collection of Spectacular Early 19th Century Illustrations and Panoramas of Greece: “Greece’s Enchanting Landscape: Watercolors by Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi” “I cannot describe the sensations which I experienced, on approaching the classic shores of Greece. My mind was agitated by the delights of the present, and recollections of the past. The land which had been familiar to my ideas from early impressions, seemed as if by enchantment, thrown before my eyes. I beheld the native soil of the great men whom I had so often admired; of the poets, historians, and orators, whose works I had…

Winter in Greece

25.01.2016 in Travel

Winter in Greece Close your eyes, let your mind drift to Greece. What’s the first thing thought that comes to you? The sound of waves crashing on rocks, the taste of fresh fish, the smell of basil under your nose and your eyes blinded by the sun. Greece is synonymous with summer – warm weather and hospitable people; no one will deny it. For a place as blessed as Greece though, its beauty is not determined by the seasons. If you were only to think of Greece as summer destination, you would be missing the chance to explore its grand…

Faith and History

01.12.2015 in Arts & Culture

Faith and History    “In the pre-Christian Greek and Greek Orthodox experience – ancient, medieval and modern – there has been no division or even a hierarchical arrangement of religious, linguistic, social and even political values. Our tradition is like a large body of water which flows on, even though it breaks out occasionally into rivulets or absorbs other smaller rivers and lakes. Tradition (παράδοσις) is what preserves the unity of a people and secures their identity. When a people forget their heritage, they lose their memory and disappear from history.” – From “Orthodoxy and Hellenism,”  by Rev. Dr. Demetrios Constantelos     This is…

The Castle of Monemvasia: Where History Comes Alive

01.12.2015 in Travel

The Castle of Monemvasia: Where History Comes Alive  The first autumn breeze had made its appearance in Athens and we were already loading our luggage into the car… destination, Monemvasia. Many times I had heard about the famous “Castle of the Peloponnese” – the “Gibraltar of the East” – as it was once called. I had never had the chance to visit this magic place until now…   After four hours of driving through highways and twisty rural roads, the landscape began to change. The small villages gave way to steep hills as the sun shined above us.  Finally, after the…

Celebrating the Holidays with the Traditions of Greece

01.12.2015 in Arts & Culture

Celebrating the Holidays with the Traditions of Greece    Traditions, the handing down of beliefs or customs, from one generation to the next.  They allow us to honor the legacy of our ancestors and there are many traditions common throughout all of Greece, but there are also those customs that are special to certain regions of the country.     Do you have a unique family tradition?  The holidays are a wonderful time to share traditions with family and to hand them onto the next generation.   Northern Greece   The Marriage of Fire: In many villages of northern Greece, people wait for…

Happy Healthy Holidays!

01.12.2015 in Arts & Culture

Happy Healthy Holidays!   The holiday season always seems to have a great impact on our hearts and emotions. It’s the unique opportunity we are given to escape from our daily routine which, most of the time, revolves around personal issues and family needs.  During the holidays, we meet with friends and family, socialize, care for the others, enjoy ourselves, have fun, dance and open up to the rest of the world.    However, this festive atmosphere can also bring on a melancholy for some as the season can bring to the surface an array of feelings – unfulfilled emotional or…

A Survey of Foodies: Greek Cuisine in Top 10

01.12.2015 in Gastronomy

A Survey of Foodies: Greek Cuisine in Top 10    According to the results of the extensive “Sopexa Foodies Survey” answered by foodies from six different countries, Greek Cuisine is among their top ten cuisines preferences, with the Italian and the French being the most popular.     A foodie is a person with an ardent or refined interest in food and alcoholic beverages. A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger.   Sopexa is a global agency for food, beverage and lifestyle marketing with clients in 52 countries and cultures.  Their 2015 Foodie Study illustrates trends in…