Entries Tagged as 'Culture'

A Matter of Measurements

August 8th, 2020 · Comments Off on A Matter of Measurements

While the obsession with the ‘proper pint’ may seem modern, the Ancient Greeks also fixated on measuring their alcohol. Pythagoras, a great Samian mathematician (and, presumably, drinker), created an invention that ensured party hosts and publicans could not be deceived by guests aspiring to inebriation. His creation was dubbed the Dikiakoupa tou Pythagora (Just Cup […]

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The Master & the Ballerina

February 14th, 2018 · Comments Off on The Master & the Ballerina

Born in Istanbul in 1935 to a sculptor father, the gifted Dimitar Kirov was painting by the age of seven. Still working and living today in Plovdiv’s old town, with Rosalia, his wife of 44 years – and one of modern Bulgaria’s greatest ballerinas – Dimitar may well be the spirit of old Plovdiv personified. […]

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Magical Myzithra

January 14th, 2015 · Comments Off on Magical Myzithra

People come to Crete just for its distinctive sweet cheese, myzithra (made from sheep’s or goat’s milk). Often hard to find elsewhere, it’s the key ingredient in restaurants’ myzithropitakia (sweet cheese pies) – crunchy, golden-brown triangles filled with the delicious cheese. Myzithra is also used in kalitsounies, soft, circular breakfast pastries, their centres filled with […]

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Memories of Venizelos

January 14th, 2015 · Comments Off on Memories of Venizelos

Few people can boast a family home like that of Rena and Ioanna Koutsoudakis. Built in the early 20th century as the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s consulate, when Ottoman rule had just ended, it was later purchased by their family and leased to the British in August 1940, who reprised its diplomatic role. During WWII the building […]

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Renaissance Men of Venetian Crete

January 14th, 2015 · Comments Off on Renaissance Men of Venetian Crete

While many people have heard of a certain Cretan painter nicknamed El Greco, most visitors would be surprised to learn just how significant Cretan scholars and humanists were to the Italian Renaissance, and to early modern thought in general. When the Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453, many Byzantine scholars took refuge in Venetian-held Crete, bringing […]

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Letter from Macedonia: A Vital Jewish Heritage

March 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on Letter from Macedonia: A Vital Jewish Heritage

By Chris Deliso Moment Magazine (2006) Once a year, in March, Moritz Romano returns to his hometown of Bitola in southern Macedonia. There he walks up the Sirok Sokak, the old Turkish name for the grand pedestrian avenue lined with open-air cafés and neoclassical edifices. At 84, his hearing is weak and his gait slow, […]

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A Spirited Bookshop in Thessaloniki

January 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on A Spirited Bookshop in Thessaloniki

By Chris Deliso Aug. 24, 2006 (Balkanalysis.com) No doubt, Thessaloniki, Greece’s de facto cultural capital has no shortage of fashionable cafes and nightspots. But beyond going out merely to drink or be drunk, to see or be seen, is it possible to feel the convivial spirit of an ancient land, world-famous for its legacy of […]

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In Eastern Macedonia, a Lost Fortress of Justinian

January 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on In Eastern Macedonia, a Lost Fortress of Justinian

By Chris Deliso May 26, 2009 (Balkanalysis.com) High on a windswept ridge in Macedonia’s barren northeastern expanse, some 17 kilometers down a rough dirt track heading towards Kratovo, it stands as a cryptic reminder of the country’s still largely undocumented past: the rocky remains of what was once an important outpost in the Early Byzantine […]

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