Monthly Archives: January 2019

The Territorial Expansion of Modern Greece

I recently finished A Concise History of Greece, Third Edition by Richard Clogg (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). Clogg is a now a retired professor of modern Greek history, but previously lectured in London and Oxford. The book is just … Continue reading

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Water Into Wine: The Miracle of Generosity

A sermon preached on The Third Sunday of the Epiphany at St. Thomas, Kefalas, Crete,  11:00 am January 20, 2019. Mla the Crow and Athanasius the Alpaca were making their way to St. Thomas’s Church in Kefalas, when Mla asked, … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name: The Latest Political Crisis in Greece

While much of the English speaking world has been focused on revelations of a criminal nature in Washington, and the failure of the May plan for Brexit in the UK, the Greeks are all bothered with a unique crisis: what … Continue reading

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It’s All Greek To Me: Byzantine Greek

In my previous posts on the history of the Greek language I talked about Mycenean Greek – the language that Greek speaking peoples spoke in the 2nd Millenium BCE – and three types of Ancient Greek, namely Homeric, Classical, and … Continue reading

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A Greek Cave Church

The Greeks have a habit of building chapels into caves. My wife visited a large one south of Chania, but one finds little chapels built into cliffs all the time. These are some photos I took on a rainy day … Continue reading

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“Knossos and The Prophets of Modernism” by Cathy Gere: A Review

Just after Christmas my family and I visited Knossos in Greece. After seeing Sir Arthur Evans’s reconstruction I was curious about the thinking and evidence behind it. This book was available for download, so I bought it and I recently … Continue reading

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It’s All Greek To Me: Ancient Greek

In my first posting on the Greek language I gave a broad historical overview of the Greek language. In the second I talked briefly about Mycenean Greek which we know from clay tablets and inscriptions written in the syllabic Linear … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Great War: The End

In my initial post on the Great War I asked four questions. The first of them was about the reasons for the war, and the second was about why the belligerants persisted in the war at such great cost rather … Continue reading

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Wade In The Water

A sermon preached for The Second Sunday of the Epiphany: The Baptism of Christ at the Anglican Church of St. Thomas, Kefalas, Crete, Greece, 11:00 am January 13, 2019. Do you know your birthdate? Well, of course you do. You … Continue reading

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It’s All Greek To Me: The Origins of the Greeks

In the eighteenth century, when many classically educated Englishmen and Germans made the long journey to Greece and Anatolia, they were struck by what they found to be a major disjunction between the glories of ancient Greece and the Greek-speaking … Continue reading

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