Category Archives: Crete

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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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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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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The Future of Orthodoxy in Greece: An Outsider’s Observations

It is not by accident that I like living in Greece, A big part of it is I have an appreciation for the Eastern Orthodox Church. I own two true icons (“written” i.e. painted directly on wood, and not just … Continue reading

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Some Frequently Asked Questions about Crete and Greece

My friend Michael Povey  a retired Episcopalian priest living in Florida who we got to know in Cambridge Massachusetts in 2002-2003, wrote, Please, one of these days, tell us all a bit about Crete. How far is it from mainland … Continue reading

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