Monthly Archives: January 2019

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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It’s All Greek To Me: Mycenaean Greek

What did Achilles, Odysseus, and Agamemnon sound like? Up until the 1950s you would have been directed to the earliest form of “classical Greek”, the archaic form of ancient Greek found in the lyrics of The Iliad and The Odyssey, … Continue reading

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