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Greek archaeologist Katerina Peristeri dug in obscurity for years before unearthing a marble tomb from the time of Alexander the Great — a find that has brought her instant fame. In a land with one of the world's richest cultural heritages, archaeologists rarely receive much public notice. Yet Peristeri has become the face of the Amphipolis crypt, a 2,300-year-old sepulchre beneath the sandy hills of northern Greece. She has received three Greek awards in the past month…See More
Recognize him--probably not but that's "Nick the Greek" Dandolos who left Crete when he was just a kid, settled in Chicago before moving to Canada where he first encountered the "ponies" and quickly became hooked to gambling. His legendary gambling acumen led to an estimated $500 million worth of action during his lifetime--in today's dollars about $15 billion. He went from rags to riches back to rags over 70 times and donated an estimated $20 million to…See More
MyParea's "Places" profile--the forgotten villages where our ancestors came from---this is "Achladlochori"--the village of the pears near Serres. The villages in Serres date back before the Trojan wars. Serres became part of the "Pentapolis" (five cities) region during Roman occupation. During Byzantine times a large fortress was built here to guard a strategic pass through the mountains pictured in the background. Subsequently, Serres was the site of…See More
Happy Eleutheria (Freedom) Day! Celebrated on the month of Maemacterion--November in ancient Greece and instead of a Turkey the entire village was expected to show up and feast on a roasted black bull. Thanksgiving Day in ancient Greece started after the battle of Platea in 479 BC and on Nov. 16th, a parade followed by wagons decorated with green flora would be marched through town with young "free" youth joining in the procession followed by the Archons of Plataea, victorious…See More
Capital Link’s 16th Annual Invest in Greece Forum, “Investing for Growth” will take place at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on Monday, December 1, 2014. Complete event info and registration: http://forums.capitallink.com/greece/2014/ Greece has been going through a time of unprecedented difficulty and change, as the country restructures its economy and strives to embark on a period of renewed growth and stability. A lot of progress has been achieved, but there are…See More
What's wonderful about Greek cuisine is that everyone has their own slant on a particular favorite like "Gemista"--here's a variation from the wonderful folks at the "Lemon & Olives--Greek Food Blog"--please invite us to dinner!
What Christmas present do you buy for the relative who has everything? If they have a taste for fresh fish, olive oil and an Aegean Sea breeze you could get them their own Greek island. A 16-acre land mass off the coast of one of the most beautiful island's in the Mediterranean has been put on the international market for the first time. Little Lesbos is just minutes by boat from the island of Lesbos.…See More
Thanks to Bill & Melinda for making this happen!
U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Support High-Tech Library in Veria! The renovated public library in Veria, which won a Gates grant of one million USD is a “library of the future,” which combines traditional lending features along with high…See More
Mystras--a historic place in Laconia, Sparta occupied by a host of invaders from the Crusaders to the Nazis. It was an important educational enclave in Byzantium whose scholars, philosophers and thinkers played an important role in influencing the Italian Renaissance. The Ottomans seized the city in 1460 and the Venetians occupied Mystras in the early 18th Century. Today Mystras' ruins, palace and Greek Orthodox Churches and monasteries are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kudos to…See More
MyParea's rock star series features Greek American men & women you probably never heard of whose substantial contributions and work have benefitted people everywhere. Meet Dr. Argyrios Theofilopoulos, Chairman of Scripps Department of Immunology and Microbial Science Department. His labs cutting research is focused on autoimmune diseases and the identification of genetic defects that can determine predispositions to such diseases and lead to the development of novel…See More