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Bad Greek girls making history: Theophano Skleraina


From the annals of bad Greek girls making history: Theophano Θεοφανώ Σκλήραινα, Theophano Skleraina 955 – June 15, 991 was the niece of the Byzantine Emperor John I Tzimiskes, she was of #Greek and #Armenian descent. By her marriage with Holy ...

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Kalliroi Siganou-Parren: Women’s Rights Champion from Crete

Kalliroi Siganou-Parren

Lets face it, if you had been born in a backwards village in the backwaters of Greece in the 19th century, you would have faced marriage in your teens to a man you had never met or met for a ...

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Personal History Lesson for OXI Day: Pappou Fights the Albanian Front


Last month I explored the Epiros Mountains. Besides the splendid panoramic vistas and the soul-refreshing aromas of mountain herbs, I kept running into memorial for World War II veterans.  Little mountain villages like Pades, had memorial monuments commemorating the dead ...

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Epirus, Konitsa, Pades: Hidden Gems of Pindus Mountains


Epirus, the northeast province of Greece, is a hidden gem. The Pindus mountain range is responsible for its rugged beauty as well its remoteness.  Stepping away from the university town of Ioannina, “me ta papoutsia panena,” (the Dalaras song always ...

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Moni Pentelis


If you have the chance, make your way to Pentelis Mountain, a short 18 kilometer (less than 8 mile) jaunt from Athens, to visit the historic Monastery of the Koimisis tis Theotokou otherwise known as the “Moni Pentelis.”   The monastery ...

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