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  • Have they found Alexander the Great's tomb? Or maybe his mother's?

    10/03/2014 3:06:14 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 10-3-14 | Sarah Griffiths
    Speculation about who the mysterious ancient tomb recently unearthed in Greece belongs to continues, with one academic now suggesting Alexander the Great’s mother was buried there. A number of scholars believe that the presence of female figures, known as caryatids, show that the tomb in the Amphipolis region of Serres belongs to a female. However, one expert has gone as far as to state that he believes that archaeologists could eventually discover the remains of Alexander the Great's parent, Olympias, inside. Writer Andrew Chugg, who has published a book on the search for the legendary leader's tomb, as well as...
  • 1,500-year-old 'magical' papyrus is first to refer to Last Supper

    09/02/2014 10:11:49 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 72 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 2 September 2014 | Sarah Griffiths for
    It has laid largely unstudied in a university library for more than 100 years. But now a 1,500-year-old papyrus has been identified as one of the world’s earliest surviving Christian charms. The ‘remarkable’ document contains some of the earliest documented references to The Last Supper and sheds new light on early Christian practices, experts say.
  • 1,500-year-old Papyrus the Last Supper gives valuable insight into Christianity

    09/06/2014 10:09:41 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    A group of researchers have claimed to have unearthed one of the oldest Christian amulets in the form of a 1,500-year-old Greek papyrus fragment with writing that connotes to the biblical Last Supper and ‘manna from heaven’. In a statement, Mazza said, “This is an important and unexpected finding as it is one of the first recorded documents to use magic in the Christian context, while the first charm ever found to refer to the Eucharist – the Last Supper – as the manna of the Old Testament”.
  • Ancient ‘Last Supper’ Papyrus Gives Glimpse into Early Christianity

    09/05/2014 8:29:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 5, 2014 | James Rogers
    A 1,500-year old piece of papyrus recently re-discovered in a U.K. university library contains some of the earliest documented references to the Last Supper and ‘manna from heaven.’ The papyrus fragment with Greek writing, held by the University of Manchester’s John Rylands library since 1901, has also been identified as one of the world’s earliest Christian charms. Experts believe that the fragment originated near the ancient Egyptian town of Hermoupolis.
  • Ancient Tablet Found: Oldest Readable Writing in Europe

    03/31/2011 10:38:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | Published March 30, 2011 | Ker Than
    Found at a site tied to myth, Greek tablet survived only by accident, experts say. Marks on a clay tablet fragment found in Greece are the oldest known decipherable text in Europe, a new study says. Considered "magical or mysterious" in its time, the writing survives only because a trash heap caught fire some 3,500 years ago, according to researchers. Found in an olive grove in what's now the village of Iklaina (map), the tablet was created by a Greek-speaking Mycenaean scribe between 1450 and 1350 B.C., archaeologists say. The Mycenaeans—made legendary in part by Homer's Iliad, which fictionalizes their...
  • Rosetta Stone

    11/25/2005 3:24:22 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 2,133+ views
    Al-Ahram ^ | 11-25-2005 | Nevine El-Aref
    Rosetta stone By Nevine El-Aref The Rosetta stone The black basalt Rosetta stone was found in 1799, a year after the French expedition to Egypt began, in a fortress located on the outskirts of Rashid by a young French officer named Pierre-François Bouchard. It measured 113cms tall, 75.5cms long and 27cms thick, and contained three distinct bands of writing. The most incomplete was the top band containing hieroglyphics; the middle band was written in the demotic script and the bottom was in Greek. Studies carried out on the stone by scholars revealed that the stone was a royal decree which...
  • Ancient Inscribed Slab Brought To Light (Another Rosetta Stone - Three Languages)

    04/20/2004 12:18:46 PM PDT · by blam · 49 replies · 961+ views
    IOL ^ | 4-19-2004
    Ancient inscribed slab brought to light April 19 2004 at 03:15PM Potsdam - A team of German and Egyptian archaeologists working in the Nile Delta has unearthed "quite a remarkable" stele dating back 2 200 years to Ptolemaic Egypt which bears an identical inscription in three written languages - like the famed Rosetta Stone. Announcing the find on Monday, University of Potsdam chief Egyptologist Christian Tietze said the stone fragment was "quite remarkable and the most significant of its kind to be found in Egypt in 120 years". The grey granite stone, 99cm high and 84cm wide, was found "purely...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OMEGA, 06-28-14

    06/28/2014 7:11:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-28-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OMEGA  The twenty-fourth and last letter of the Greek alphabet. Occurs in the Bible as Alpha and Omega (Revelation 21:6), where Christ refers to himself as the Beginning and the End. He is the Omega of the universe as the destiny of the human race and the final fulfillment of all creation. (Etym. Greek omega, the great [i.e., long] o., last letter of the alphabet.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Student Breaks 19th Century Greco-Roman Statue While Taking a Selfie

    03/18/2014 11:07:16 AM PDT · by rawhide · 51 replies
    time.com ^ | 3-18-14 | Francesca Trianni
    There are a few basic rules in museums. The first: don’t touch the art. The second: don’t take selfies while touching the art. At a museum in Milan, Italy, a student reportedly broke that second rule: he climbed on a statue dating back to the early 19th century to take a selfie and caused the statue’s left leg to fall off. The discovery was made on Tuesday morning by the staff of the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, one of Italy’s most renowned academic institutions, and it was apparently also recorded by security cameras. The statue depicts the “Drunken...
  • Palermo Stone Egypt's first history book

    02/15/2009 6:04:51 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 8 replies · 596+ views
    weekly ^ | 12 - 18 February 2009
    The historical importance of the Palermo Stone has long been overshadowed by the famous Rosetta Stone, but Jill Kamil says it is now being reconsidered as a legitimate historical record of ancient Egypt The so-called Palermo Stone is the largest and best preserved fragment of a rectangular slab of basalt known as the Royal Annals of ancient Egypt's Old Kingdom. Its origin is unknown, but it may have come from a temple or another important building.
  • The Vatican and Oxford University team up to digitize 1.5 million pages of medieval manuscripts

    12/07/2013 6:43:11 AM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    Medievalists.net ^ | December 3, 2013
     The University of Oxford and the Vatican have jointly created a digital project that will put online over 1.5 million pages of medieval and biblical texts. The four-year project will digitize the collections of the Bodleian Libraries and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) related to their Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and fifteenth-century printed books. They include a Gutenberg Bible from 1455, an autographed and annotated manuscript of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah, and the oldest surviving Hebrew codex.The project is funded by a $3.2 million grant from the Polonsky Foundation. Dr Leonard Polonsky said, “In today’s fast-paced, digital-driven world of scholarship, easy...
  • Greek Economy Shrinks 20 Quarters In A Row So Far

    08/18/2013 12:11:50 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 13 replies
    ParaPundit ^ | 8-17-2013 | Randall Parker
    A ParaPundit post from a few months ago: Greek Economy Shrinks 19 Quarters In A Row So Far. The Greeks have now reached an even worse milestone: 20 quarters (5 years) going down and still counting. The 24% contraction since 2008 is similar to the US Great Depression contraction of 27%. So the Greeks will probably surpass the worst US economic contraction some time in 2014 or 2015. You might think that central bankers and economists know how to avoid economic contractions that severe. But Greece gave up having its own central bank when it joined the Euro zone. The...
  • American family catch incredibly rare six-tentacled octopus...

    08/13/2013 7:54:34 AM PDT · by VAFreedom · 17 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 26 July 2013 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    "...during Greek vacation… then bash it to death and serve it up with a slice of lemon before discovering it is only the second ever seen"
  • Ironies Abound in Comments by Obama and Greek Prime Minister

    "Our government owes a great debt to Greece," President Obama told Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras yesterday. Ironic, of course, since Greece owes a great debt to just about everybody else. Obama was actually trying to praise the contributions of Greek Americans when he employed the ironic turn of a phrase in his meeting with Samaras in the White House Oval Office Samaras wasn't above making ironic comments, either - blaming his region's problems on illegal immigration: "I believe that the problems have to do with illegal immigration, internal turbulence in various countries, and even, unfortunately, the problem of terrorism."
  • Greek treasures unearthed (Minoans, Linear A, Linear B)

    11/12/2005 8:42:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 945+ views
    News 24 dot com ^ | November 12, 2005 | staff writer
    [T]he finds were excavated at a long-abandoned site on a hill overlooking the port of Chania in Western Crete, which has been identified with the Minoan city of Kydonia. Among the discoveries was an amphora containing an intact text written in linear B, the language of the court at Mycenae where the legendary Agamemnon ruled. Also found were two terracotta tablets containing texts in Linear A, an even older alphabet - used around 1700 years before the common era - which has not yet been deciphered. The ministry said the archaeologists found evidence of a violent fire believed to have...
  • LINGUISTICS: Early Date for the Birth of Indo-European Languages

    11/28/2003 10:24:23 AM PST · by Lessismore · 36 replies · 3,431+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2003-11-28 | Michael Balter
    Ever since British jurist Sir William Jones noted in 1786 that there are marked similarities between diverse languages such as Greek, Sanskrit, and Celtic, linguists have assumed that most of the languages of Europe and the Indian subcontinent derive from a single ancient tongue. But researchers have fiercely debated just when and where this mother tongue was first spoken. Now a bold new study asserts that the common root of the 144 so-called Indo-European languages, which also include English and all the Germanic, Slavic, and Romance languages, is very ancient indeed. In this week's issue of Nature, evolutionary biologist Russell...
  • Turkish energy hub plan faces hurdles (Israel,Syria,Lebanon,Cyprus)

    05/10/2013 11:32:54 AM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | May 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM | UPI
    TEL AVIV, Israel, May 9 (UPI) -- Israel's rapprochement with onetime strategic ally Turkey is a vital element in Ankara's drive to become the intercontinental east-west energy hub in the Mediterranean and many expect it to produce an energy alliance that will transform the region. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan has, since taking power in 2002, transformed his country's economic prospects through a wide-ranging diplomatic drive aimed at restoring Turkish leadership in the region. He has long sought to transform Turkey, which has no energy resources of its own, into the unassailable central hub for transporting oil and gas...
  • How Greek Science Passed to the Arabs

    03/17/2013 3:32:53 AM PDT · by ABrit · 32 replies
    http://www.aina.org ^ | 1949 | De Lacy O'Leary
    "...Greek scientific thought had been in the world for a long time before it reached the Arabs, and during that period it had already spread abroad in various directions. So it is not surprising that it reached the Arabs by more than one route. It came first and in the plainest line through Christian Syriac writers, scholars, and scientists. Then the Arabs applied themselves directly to the original Greek sources and learned over again all they had already learned, correcting and verifying their earlier knowledge. Then there came a second channel of transmission indirectly through India, mathematical and astronomical work,...
  • More primary schools to offer Latin and ancient Greek (UK)

    11/19/2012 5:04:54 AM PST · by Renfield · 20 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-17-2012 | Graeme Paton
    All primary schools will be expected to teach foreign languages to pupils from 2014 as part of a major drive to boost education standards, it emerged. At least one subject from a seven-strong shortlist – French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Latin and ancient Greek – will be offered to seven- to 11-year-olds. The move – outlined in a consultation document published by the Department for Education – could result in a major rise in the number of pupils studying the classical languages at a young age....
  • Under Chinese Control, Greek Port Thrives

    10/11/2012 9:28:04 AM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 10, 2012 | The New York Times
    The cargo volume here is three times the level it was two years ago, before Fu Cheng Qiu was put in charge by his employer, Cosco, a global shipping giant owned by the Chinese government. In a 2010 deal that put 500 million euros ($647 million) into the coffers of Greece’s cash-starved government, Cosco leased half of the port of Piraeus and quickly converted a business that had languished as a Greek state-run enterprise into a hotbed of productivity. The other half of the port is still run by Greece. And the fact that its business lags behind Cosco’s is...
  • Biden to table of Greek men: “I’m Joe Bidenopoulos”

    08/31/2012 12:16:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/31/2012 | AllahPundit
    There are two categories of Biden idiocies, the ones that are genuinely offensive ("They gon' put y'all back in chains") and the ones that aren't really offensive but would certainly be treated that way if he was a Republican. This one is a category two, I think, although admittedly the line is fine. If he went up to a table of Italian men and called himself "Joe Bidini," that's probably okay. If he went up to a table of Jewish men and called himself "Joe Bidenstein," a little dodgier. If he went up to a table of Chinese men and...
  • Retirement In Germany May Rise To Age 69 While Greece Is At Age 58

    07/24/2012 1:13:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7-23-12 | Walter Loeb
    Retirement In Germany May Rise To Age 69 While Greece Is At Age 58 A senior German retailer pointed out to me that the current economic environment in Europe is unfair and that retirement age for workers should be higher – not lower as the situation exists for workers in Greece. He believes that a productive country is a healthy country. He is pessimistic for the near term outlook of retail trade in Europe, saying that any bailout will lead to higher taxation and depress sales. In 2007 Germany raised its retirement age from 65 to 67 and the German...
  • Far-Right Golden Dawn spokesman hits two female MPs on Greek talk show

    06/07/2012 5:27:07 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 12 replies
    An arrest warrant has been issued for the spokesman for Ilias Kasidiaris, Greece's far-Right Golden Dawn party after he physically assaulted two female left-wing MPs on live television during a morning political show
  • WSJ:Greek Depositors Withdrew $898 Million From Banks Monday

    05/15/2012 1:26:23 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    WSJ-Europe ^ | 5-15-12 | NEKTARIA STAMOULI
    ATHENS—Greek depositors withdrew €700 million ($898 million) from local banks Monday, the country's president said, as he warned that the situation facing Greece's lenders was very difficult.
  • EXCLUSIVE: GREEK GOVERNMENT ROBBED PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS TO COMPLETE BOND SWAP

    03/26/2012 7:32:37 PM PDT · by arthurus · 12 replies · 17+ views
    The Daily Crux ^ | March 26, 2012 | Ste Slog
    Bank of Greece complicit in broadscale embezzlement revealed by respectable Greek health site... The illegally denied default of Greece entered a dramatic new phase this afternoon with the revelation by mainstream Greek public health website Health News that, shortly before midnight on March 8th – the eve of Greece's psi completion on Friday March 9th – on average 70% of public utility funds in varous large, interest-bearing accounts at the Bank of Greece were raided. These included most of the state's regional hospital budgets, various universities, and (it is alleged) at least one utility company. The shortfalls came to light...
  • Second Greek bailout in reach despite funding gaps

    02/20/2012 1:39:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/20/12 | Luke Baker and Jan Strupczewski - Reuters
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone finance ministers inched towards approving a second bailout for debt-laden Greece on Monday that would resolve Athens' immediate repayment needs but seems unlikely to revive the nation's shattered economy. Agreement on a 130-billion-euro rescue package on strict conditions would draw a line under months of uncertainty that has shaken the currency bloc, and avert imminent bankrupcty. As the ministers met, officials were struggling to make the numbers add up. EU sources said they had to cut a further 6 billion euros, via various means, to make the financing work, and private investors might have to...
  • Wise Men from the East and the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord [Ecumenical]

    01/05/2012 8:01:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    IgnatiusInsight.com ^ | January 5, 2012 | Sandra Miesel
    Wise Men from the East and the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Wise Men from the East | Sandra Miesel | The Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord We Three Kings of Orient are,Bearing gifts we traverse afar. . . . Who were these gift-bearing kings, these Wise Men of the East? What has their mission meant to Christians across the ages? The Wise Men—not yet called kings—make only a single appearance in Holy Scripture. St. Matthew's Gospel (Mt 2:1-12) tells of their arrival in Jerusalem shortly after the birth of Jesus. They have come seeking the...
  • Greek Bank Run Hits The Big Time...

    12/06/2011 11:27:09 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-6-2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    Greek Bank Run Hits The Big Time... Joe Weisenthal Dec. 6, 2011, 2:00 PM On Drudge right now... the red link goes to this story about Greeks taking money out of their bank accounts.
  • Greeks claim having found Alexander the Great’s tomb, Ark of the Covenant

    11/09/2011 5:11:12 PM PST · by Winstons Julia · 92 replies
    Focus ^ | 09/11/11 | staff
    Athens. It is believed that the tomb of Alexander the Great and the Ark of the Covenant have been found on the Greek Island of Thasos, announced Russian Grekomania.ru, which is information partner of the Greek Minister of Culture and Tourism.
  • Greek PM, opposition leader reach deal

    11/06/2011 12:51:50 PM PST · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and opposition leader Antonis Samaras have agreed on a new coalition government, the office of the country's president said on Sunday.
  • Greek Leader Calls Off Referendum on Bailout Plan

    11/03/2011 12:08:33 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 11/3/11 | RACHEL DONADIO and NIKI KITSANTONIS
    After a tumultuous day of political gamesmanship, Prime Minister George Papandreou called off his plan to hold a referendum on Greece’s new loan deal with the European Union, opened talks on a unity government with his conservative opponents and vowed to continue in office despite rumors he would resign. In an address to his party’s central committee on Thursday evening, Mr. Papandreou said there was no need for a referendum now that the opposition New Democracy Party had said it would back the debt deal. He invited that party to become “co-negotiators” on the new deal. “The question was never...
  • Civil Disobedience in Greece Grows Over Government's Austerity Measures

    10/28/2011 10:06:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    AP/Fox News ^ | 10/28/11
    Greeks have launched a wave of civil disobedience against the embattled government's austerity measures designed to appease international creditors, which provided rescue loans to the country. The latest example of rebellion is the Athens municipality of Nea Ionia, where authorities are urging people not to pay a much reviled new property tax being charged through electricity bills. "Our constituents can't pay, they don't have the ability to," Nea Ionia mayor Iraklis Gotsis said. "We consider the new tax to be illegal. But in essence, the truth is our people just can't pay."
  • EU official: banks agree 50 pct cut on Greek debt

    10/26/2011 7:18:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/26/11 | Don Melvin and Gabriele Steinhauer - AP
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Private investors agreed Thursday morning to accept losses of 50 percent on their Greek bonds, a European Union official said, removing the last apparent roadblock to a broad plan to solve the continent's debt crisis. The deal with private creditors would significantly cut Greece's debt load, the very problem that kicked off the eurozone's debt drama almost two years ago. At an emergency summit in Brussels, European leaders had already agreed to force banks to raise euro106 billion ($148 billion) by June — partially to ensure they could weather the expected losses on Greek debt. They also...
  • Why It's Actually A Big Deal That Greek Bond Haircuts Talks Have Been Suspended

    10/26/2011 7:21:27 AM PDT · by blam · 34 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-26-2011 | Simone Foxman
    Why It's Actually A Big Deal That Greek Bond Haircuts Talks Have Been Suspended Simone Foxman Oct. 26, 2011, 9:53 AM Talks on the losses private Greek bondholders will take are deadlocked and have been suspended. This news just hit the wires from Bloomberg. So far, U.S. markets don't seem to care. However, this could be a big deal, for two reasons: - Debt sustainability in Greece is virtually impossible without significant writedowns of sovereign debt. The numbers are just too big to allow for anything else. More private sector involvement (perhaps coupled with public sector involvement) is seen as...
  • Greece adopts austerity bill amid protests (union rules changed, abbrogates agreements two years)

    10/21/2011 10:12:06 AM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 11 replies
    The parliament approved a painful set of austerity measures on Thursday, defying violent protests in central Athens and a general strike which shut down much of the country. The government won the parliamentary vote with 154 votes in favor and 144 against, despite the decision by one deputy in the ruling party to oppose one article in the package. The victory should ensure the European Union and International Monetary Fund release a vital 8 billion euro loan tranche which the government needs to keep paying its bills past November. The mix of deep pay and pension cuts, tax hikes and...
  • Woman scavenging through Athens rubbish bins is a Greek heiress called ONASSIS

    10/21/2011 5:42:37 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9:22 AM on 21st October 2011 | By Allan Hall
    She looks like any old bag lady scavenging for cast-offs in the rubbish as the world looks the other way. But this is no ordinary woman - she is Olga Onassis, 90, a woman linked by marriage to one of the richest dynasties in the world. She has now fallen, like her country, on desperate times. She is a regular at a church soup kitchen in the Greek capital Athens and roots around in the overflowing garbage containers of the city for clothes.
  • Baker Serves Cocaine-Sprinkled Cookies to Greek Funeral Guests

    08/31/2011 3:33:19 PM PDT · by southernnorthcarolina · 20 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 31, 2011
    ATHENS -- A Bulgarian baker was arrested after serving cocaine-sprinkled cookies to guests at a Greek funeral, news website Novinite reported Wednesday. Mourners phoned for help after the traditional Greek cookies caused them to act strangely, and police discovered the cookies were sprinkled with cocaine instead of powdered sugar. The baker, who is a Bulgarian national, was involved in drug trafficking and sent the cookies to the funeral service by mistake, police said.
  • Editorial: Greece’s Only Cure Is The Free Market

    06/28/2011 5:43:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 28, 2011 | Staff
    Debt Crises: What a sorry spectacle to watch Greeks rioting in the streets in reaction to austerity measures. As if tantrums can change reality. It's Exhibit A of how socialism infantilizes citizens. The only cure is free markets. As Greece's legislature heads for a vote Wednesday to cut the size of its government by $40 billion in exchange for the last $17 billion of a $156 billion International Monetary Fund bailout on July 3, the world's television screens are flooded with images of young "indignantes" calling a riotous 48 hour-strike in Athens. Steeped in socialism for decades, these Greeks see...
  • Thoughts on the Greek Madness

    06/16/2011 1:48:23 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 6/16/2011 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    Anyone who has lived in Greece can see why the question of default or a “haircut” is not a matter of if, but when. It is a wonder that crazy things have lasted as long as they have there. The symptoms are well known: Tax evasion is now an art form and a matter of pride; pensions are absurd to the point of caricature; the public sector is self-righteous, bloated, and inefficient; and what little industry there is does not meet European standards of efficiency and productivity. [....] Finally, there is no way out except either sudden or gradual default...
  • Time's Up: Greece Default Turns Violent

    06/16/2011 10:12:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    The crisis in Greece took another step forward today as opposition leader have asked Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to step down. In response, Papandreou offered to resign. Unfortunately, Papandreou placed strings on the offer. Party Defections Reduce Papandreou's Majority to 4 VotesPapandreou's majority in parliament is a mere 4-5 votes out of 300. In recent days members of his socialist PASOK party have defected over austerity measures.With a slim and potentially vanishing majority, Papandreou is not in a position to be demanding much of anything. Indeed, his offer to resign with strings attached, increases the likelihood he will be...
  • Sea Peoples invade: 1192–1190 BC

    06/16/2011 8:17:31 AM PDT · by Palter · 25 replies
    Dienekes' Anthropoloy Blog ^ | 09 June 2011 | Dienekes'
    Modern methods are slowly helping us build a history of the Heroic Age. The exploits of the Sea Peoples are perhaps not as distinctly preserved in the Greek tradition as those of the Achaeans who sacked Troy, probably sometime during the 1180s BC, with the nostos of Odysseus recently dated to 1,178BC. The lack of distinct information may be, in part, due to the fact that the Sea Peoples were active mostly away from the Aegean, and in lands where Greek colonization did not occur centuries later, and hence were cut off from the Aegean world. The memory of the...
  • Greek vs. US Debt

    05/25/2011 9:59:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    Many countries have restrictions and requirements on doctors, nurses, lawyers etc. Greece carries the idea to extreme. According to Keep Talking Greece "closed professions" include beauticians, drama and dance school instructors, bakers, antiques dealers, insurance agents, insurance consultants, employment consultants, diagnostics centre staff, translators, divers, cameramen, driving school instructors, cab drivers, tourist bus drivers, newspaper stand owners, electricians, sound technicians, private school owners, tobacco sellers, gun manufacturers and sellers, hairdressers, private investigators, port workers, real estate agents, lifeguards, carpenters, financiers, opticians, auditors, movie/theatre director and even car mechanics. Restrictions will be lifted July 2. That is a much needed maneuver, and the...
  • Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism

    05/09/2011 11:11:10 AM PDT · by bronxville · 99 replies
    Integrated Catholic Life ^ | March 10, 2011 | Dr. Peter Kreeft
    Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism The most serious challenge for Christianity today isn't one of the other great religions of the world, such as Islam or Buddhism. Nor is it simple atheism, which has no depth, no mass appeal, no staying power. Rather, it's a religion most of us think is dead. That religion is paganism — and it is very much alive. Paganism is simply the natural gravity of the human spirit, the line of least resistance, religion in its fallen state. The "old" paganism came from the country. Indeed, the very word "paganism" comes from the Latin...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALPHA AND OMEGA, 02-21-11

    02/21/2011 9:42:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-21-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALPHA AND OMEGA A symbol witnessing to the divinity of Christ. Words spoken by Jesus of himself: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty" (Apocalypse 1:8). This combined symbol is often used in conjunction with the cross and together are favorite symbols in ecclesiastical decorations on altars, walls, and vestments. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Zorba the Greek' composer: I’m anti-Semitic

    02/15/2011 8:49:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 12/15/11 | BENJAMIN WEINTHAL AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    Weisenthal Center demands Theodorakis be stripped of International Music Prize; composer: "US Jews behind Greek economic crisis." Mikis Theodorakis, best known for composing the musical score to the film Zorba the Greek, recently declared on Greek television that he was “anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.” “Everything that happens today in the world has to do with the Zionists,” was one such comment. Another was “American Jews are behind the world economic crisis that has hit Greece also.” Theodorakis also blasted Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou for establishing closer relations with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who was guilty, he said, of “war crimes...
  • Greece follows U.S. example by building giant border wall to keep out illegal immigrants

    01/04/2011 9:08:29 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 31 replies
    dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 4th January 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The Greek government has unveiled plans to construct a wall along its 128-mile land border with Turkey in order to tackle the influx of illegal immigrants. Interior minister Christian Papoutsis said the wall was a necessary measure after more than 100,000 people illegally entered the Mediterranean nation last year. But the plans - which have compared with the 650-mile barrier along sections of the border between the U.S. and Mexico - have been criticised by the European Commission as a 'short-term measure' that does not deal with the root of the problem. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1343885/Greece-follows-U-S-example-building-giant-border-wall-illegal-immigrants.html#ixzz1A5Sq0itZ
  • Uproar Over Greek Priest's Jew-Hating Rant (Israel)

    12/22/2010 7:08:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 130 replies · 2+ views
    inn ^ | 12/22/10 | Gil Ronen
    The European Jewish Congress (EJC) called Wednesday for the Greek Orthodox church to remove the Metropolite of Piraeus, Seraphim, after the high-ranking priest sounded an anti-Semitic rant on Greek TV. Speaking on the morning show on Mega-TV, the largest television station in Greece, Seraphim blamed world Jewry for Greece's financial problems. "Mixing Freemasons with Jewish bankers such as Baron Rothschild and world Zionism, the Metropolite said that there is a conspiracy to enslave Greece and Christian Orthodoxy," JTA reported. He also accused "international Zionism" of trying to destroy the family unit by promoting one-parent families and same-sex marriages. Thirteen minutes...
  • Flights cancelled as Greek civil servants walk off job (Total shutdown)

    10/07/2010 12:52:36 PM PDT · by mainsail that · 24 replies
    SIFY ^ | 8/7/2010 | SIFY
    Athens, Oct 7 (DPA) Civil servants in Greece embarked on a 24-hour strike Thursday in protest over the government's austerity programme, forcing the closure of public institutions, and the cancellation of dozens of domestic and international flights. Schools, municipal offices and universities were shut, while hospitals were operating on emergency staffing. Flights to and from the country were grounded for four hours as of 1200 GMT after air traffic controllers joined the strike. Greek airlines Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines cancelled 40 domestic and international flights. Other airlines were also affected, officials at Athens' International Airport said. More than 2,000...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: I.H.S., 09-14-10

    09/14/2010 9:08:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-14-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):I.H.S. Iesus (Jesus) Hominum Salvator (usual interpretation), Jesus Savior of Men. Really a faulty Latin transliteration of the first three letters of JESUS in Greek (IHS for IHC). See Also: IESOUS HEMETEROS SOTER,See Also: IESUS HOMINUM SALVATOR,See Also: JESUS All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Ancient Greeks spotted Halley's comet

    09/10/2010 5:37:03 AM PDT · by Palter · 21 replies
    NewsScientist ^ | 09 Sep 2010 | Jo Marchant
    A CELESTIAL event in the 5th century BC could be the earliest documented sighting of Halley's comet - and it marked a turning point in the history of astronomy. According to ancient authors, from Aristotle onwards, a meteorite the size of a "wagonload" crashed into northern Greece sometime between 466 and 468 BC. The impact shocked the local population and the rock became a tourist attraction for 500 years. The accounts describe a comet in the sky when the meteorite fell. This has received little attention, but the timing corresponds to an expected pass of Halley's comet, which is visible...