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  • 'Hero' Greek Woman Sets Fire to Drunken Briton's Genitals (Sambucco Fire on Attempted Rapist)

    08/06/2009 9:09:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies · 5,835+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 06 Aug 2009 | Paul Anast
    A 26-year old Greek woman has become an overnight national hero after setting fire to the genitals of a 23-year old drunken Briton who allegedly tried to sexually assault her in a crowded bar. The unidentified woman from the fiercely proud island of Crete won herself even more praise by doing the right legal thing – turning herself over to police and the courts to be put on trial for what she claimed was her "right to self-defence". She will face a magistrate on Friday to see if the case will go to court. She is currently facing an investigating...
  • World's oldest Bible published in full online

    07/06/2009 8:26:38 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 36 replies · 1,859+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 07/06/09 | Chris Irvine
    More than 800 surviving pages and fragments from the The Codex Sinaiticus, which was written in Greek on parchment leaves in the fourth century, have been reunited. Last year The British Library put The Book of Psalms and St Mark's Gospel online, and now the remaining pages have been made free for public use for the first time. Along with the Codex Vaticanus, the Codex Sinaiticus is considered the oldest known Bible in the world. Originally more than 1,460 pages long and measuring 16in by 14in, it was written by a number of hands around the time of Constantine the...
  • Phaistos Disk: Greek or Luwian?

    06/25/2009 3:16:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 592+ views
    Examiner ^ | Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | Diana Gainer
    Since this disk was found in Crete, and the people of Crete today speak Greek, that's a good language to assume was spoken by the maker of the disk. Still, that's a guess, or a hypothesis, not a fact. Besides that, we know that not everybody on Crete spoke Greek in the Bronze Age. The classical Greeks mentioned people they called Eteocretans who did not speak Greek. Further, we know that Linear A, written by the Minoans on Crete before the Mycenean Greeks came, did not represent Greek. Professor Hubert LaMarle considers it to be an early Indo-Iranian language, related...
  • Blessing of the Foundation Stones of the Latin and Greek Melkite Churches at Bethany 

    05/10/2009 2:55:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 345+ views
    EWTN ^ | May 10, 2009
    On Sunday evening, 10 May 2009, the Holy Father blessed two foundation stones, at Bethany beyond the Jordan, one for a Latin church and one for a Greek Melkite church. The Pope recalled, in addition to the Baptism of Christ, the biblical association of the prophet Elijah with this area. Dear Brother Bishops, Dear friends, It is with great spiritual joy that I come to bless the foundation stones of two Catholic Churches to be built beside the river Jordan, a place marked by many memorable events in biblical history. The prophet Elijah the Tishbite, was from this area, not...
  • Latest Ship Seizures Broaden Counter-Piracy Challenge

    03/27/2009 6:00:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 423+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 27, 2009 – Two ship seizures in the Indian Ocean in recent days appear to indicate that pirates have broadened their focus beyond the heavily patrolled Gulf of Aden. Pirates hijacked two chemical tankers: the Bahamian-flagged, Norwegian-owned vessel Bowasir on March 25 and the Panamanian-flagged, Greek-owned Nipayia yesterday, a Navy spokesman confirmed. Bowasir and its 23-member crew were operating more than 380 nautical miles southeast of Kismayo, Somalia. Nipayia and its 19 merchant mariners were pirated 490 nautical miles east of Mogadishu, the official said. The seizures were the farthest yet from the Gulf of Aden, where the...
  • Bombings are response to financial crisis, say Greek militants[Citigroup]

    03/15/2009 8:25:16 AM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 441+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 13 Mar 2009 | ANGUS HOWARTH
    A GREEK militant group threatened to continue its bombing campaign in a statement published yesterday, and claimed recent attacks against Citibank were in response to the international financial crisis. The weekly newspaper Pontiki published a statement from the Revolutionary Struggle group claiming responsibility for a failed car bomb attack on Citibank offices in Athens on 18 February, and a bomb attack on Monday on a suburban Citibank branch. The Pontiki has been used by the militant group in the past to publish its proclamations. In its latest statement, Revolutionary Struggle argued that the American bank was part of a "criminal...
  • Contradictions: Underneath a Solid Sky (Does Genesis 1 teach the sky was solid?)

    03/09/2009 3:50:09 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 140 replies · 1,597+ views
    AiG ^ | March 9, 2009 | Gary Vaterlaus
    Critics of the Bible have often said that the writings of Genesis reflect an “unscientific view” of the universe—one that reflected the cosmology of the ancient world. One of these criticisms centers on the Hebrew word raqia used in the creation account of Genesis 1. Several Bible versions, such as the New King James, translate this word as firmament: Genesis 1:6–8, NJKV Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from...
  • Crew Fights Off Somali Pirates with Water Jets

    01/02/2009 11:52:47 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 40 replies · 1,180+ views
    CNBC ^ | 1/2/2009 | CNBC
    Crewmen fired high pressure water jets Friday to fight off heavily armed Somali pirates trying to board a Greek oil tanker in the dangerous Gulf of Aden, officials said. It was the fourth pirate attack of the new year. Armed with guns and rocket-propelled grenades, pirates in three speedboats twice tried to board the Greek-flagged Kriti Episkopi but were driven away when the crew turned fire hoses on them and EU aircraft scrambled from a nearby European Union naval flotilla to help, shipping company and Greek government officials said.
  • Muslim Youths Attack Greek Police With Laser Pointers (Islamists trying to overthrow Greece)

    12/14/2008 9:47:15 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 39 replies · 6,093+ views
    How low will they go?? As low as laser blinding Greek Police: "A riot policeman is aimed at with a laser light pointer during riots outside the Athens Polytechnic. Small bands of Greek rioters hurling firebombs attacked an environment ministry building, shops and banks in Athens on Saturday during an eighth day of protests following the killing of a teenager by police." And that's not all: "A warning from Serb intelligence about the mobilization of an extremist Islamic organization in Greece has put the Greek authorities on high alert. Several days ago, Serb intelligence briefed a Serb parliamentary Committee that...
  • The Fall of Athens

    12/14/2008 9:40:31 AM PST · by happinesswithoutpeace · 14 replies · 785+ views
    Wall Street Journal Europe ^ | DECEMBER 12, 2008 | TAKIS MICHAS
    The Fall of Athens The Greek government loses the battle of ideas, and then it loses control. When Greece's conservative New Democracy party came to power in March 2004 it promised three things: to "reinvent" the state, to eliminate corruption and to initiate much-needed educational reform. Four years later, the situation remains unchanged: The state is still a tool for bestowing benefits and favors, corruption in the public sector is still rampant, and all attempts at educational reform have quickly fizzled out.
  • Police officers charged as Greece tips deeper into turmoil

    12/11/2008 5:57:14 AM PST · by Blackyce · 24 replies · 837+ views
    AFP ^ | Dec 11, 2008 | AFP
    Greece slipped deeper into turmoil, with a fifth day of clashes between youths and police, plus a general strike, as two police officers were charged in connection with the killing of a teenager that sparked the unrest. Despite a vow by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to restore order, demonstrators battled security forces outside the Greek parliament as the nationwide work stoppage halted flights in and out of Greece and closed banks, schools and some hospital services.
  • Christmas tree torched in Athens riots

    12/08/2008 7:39:25 PM PST · by Blackyce · 35 replies · 8,139+ views
    ABC/Reuters ^ | Dec 9, 2008 | Emma Alberici and Helena Smith
    Christmas tree torched in Athens riots By Emma Alberici and Helena SmithPosted December 9, 2008 07:13:00Updated December 9, 2008 08:55:00 People flee from a burning Christmas Tree in Syntagma Square in Athens. (AFP: Aris Messinis) Video: Greek protests enter third day (ABC News) Related Story: Fresh rioting hits Greek cities Rioters have torched a large Christmas tree in central Athens at the end of a third day of violent demonstrations in Greece.The tree, in Syntagma Square, was set on fire amid riots in the Greek capital in protest over the death of a 15-year-old boy who was shot by police...
  • Massive riots cripple Greece's main cities

    12/08/2008 7:24:17 PM PST · by Blackyce · 88 replies · 4,395+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 8, 2008 | AP
    <p>ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's interior minister says the massive protest riots in cities across the country are "unacceptable" but insists that police are doing all they can to protect people's lives and property.</p> <p>Thousands of youths are rampaging through Athens, the northern city of Thessaloniki and several other cities in the third day of riots Monday after police shot and killed a teenager on Saturday.</p>
  • "The Bible says that Progressives are estranged from God"

    10/24/2008 2:10:58 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 14 replies · 572+ views
    Sometimes dynamic translations do cause unforeseen problems. A Word Study. Folks, some times you have to hand it to Bible translators because in their quest to make the Bible understandable and relevant to today, they in fact may make it too understandable and too relevant. Consider how the New American Bible translates 2 John 1:9: Anyone who is so "progressive" as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.Now the footnote that accompanies this verse explains is as follows: Anyone who is so "progressive":...
  • The Greek Deacon of the Papal Rite of Mass (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    09/27/2008 4:37:35 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies · 926+ views
    Annales Ecclesiae Ucrainae blog ^ | 9/27/2008 | Rev. Dr. Athanasius D. McVay, HED
    Today, few people are aware of the fact that the Pope has his own particular rite of Mass. Special ceremonies and liturgical customs are present at solemn papal liturgies which are not found in the ordinary rites of the Roman Church. The reason for these special ceremonies lies in the identity of the Bishop of Rome himself: besides being the principal hierarch of the Latin Church (thus, until recently bearing the title Patriarch of the West), the Pope is the Father and Head of the Universal Church. Symbolic of this universal headship is the presence at solemn papal functions of...
  • Barack Obama and Slavery

    09/26/2008 7:09:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1,123+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 26, 2008 | Bill Warner
    Slavery still stalks the American consciousness, its wounds yet festering in many hearts. If Barack Obama were to set his mind to it, he could heal much of the damage this peculiar institution wrought on our national soul. This great and tragic error that must be given justice. Obama is the best person in the world who can recognize, remember and honor the deaths of 125 million and the enslavement of tens of millions of people. His unique qualifications can be found in his names. Until he was 20 years old, he went by the first name Barry. Then he...
  • The Temple of Obama & Queen Gorgo

    08/27/2008 7:47:38 AM PDT · by coffee260 · 50 replies · 516+ views
    The Real Democrat Party ^ | 08/27/08 | Coffee260
    Reuters reports that “Barack Obama’s big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.” John McCormack posts a photograph of the stage under construction here. The Political Inquirer visualizes the scene below.Is it no coincedence that Barack’s speech has a tinge of an Ancient Greek theme?First Michelle Obama echo’s Queen Gorgo and now Barack is giving his speech from the set of Gladiator.What next? A townhall meeting at the Parthenons?
  • Obama speech stage resembles ancient Greek temple

    08/27/2008 6:17:10 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 86 replies · 340+ views
    DENVER (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.
  • 1,600-year-old version of Bible goes online

    07/21/2008 8:45:36 PM PDT · by gpapa · 12 replies · 144+ views
    Reuters via ^ | July. 21, 2008 | Dave Graham
    BERLIN - More than 1,600 years after it was written in Greek, one of the oldest copies of the Bible will become globally accessible online for the first time this week. From Thursday, sections of the Codex Sinaiticus, which contains the oldest complete New Testament, will be available on the Internet, said the University of Leipzig, one of the four curators of the ancient text worldwide. High resolution images of the Gospel of Mark, several Old Testament books, and notes on the work made over centuries will appear on as a first step towards publishing the entire manuscript online...
  • Audio of the day: Dimitri the Stud (you will laugh yourselves silly over this!)

    07/04/2008 6:20:17 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 70 replies · 1,503+ views
    This audio was played this morning on WMAL's "Grandy & Andy Morning Show" and I was laughing so hard I almost fell over. You will totally enjoy this. Here's the YouTube blurb: "This was sent to me by a friend, its legit... following is the story from him. Okay guys here is the info on this voicemail. One of my friend's from work and her friend were out one night in the SF Marina district and were hanging outside of the bars trying to find a cab. One of the girl's, Olga ends up meeting this guy Dmitri and they...
  • Bats about the Attic: Fewer Greek students, but still plenty of devoted ones

    06/26/2008 10:49:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 184+ views
    The Economist ^ | Thursday, June 26th, 2008 | unattributed op-ed
    At first sight, the statistics are positively wine-dark. As part of school education, countries may maintain it in theory but rarely in practice. Portuguese pupils have it as an option in their final year; in Sweden fewer than 100 schoolchildren study it, in Belgium around 800. In Britain, of a mere 241 entrants for Greek A-level (typically taken at 18) in 2007, fully 226 were from independent (private) schools... Though some classics departments in the United States have had to close or merge, the number of students enrolled in Greek has been going up since the 1990s. In 2006 fully...
  • Greek Style Architecture Found In The Ancient Achaemenid City

    06/25/2008 5:43:33 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 168+ views
    Greek Style Architecture Found in the Ancient Achaemenid City Achaemenid city of Istakhr in Fars Province Tehran , 25 June 2008: Archaeologists have used geological surveys in the south of Iran to reveal rectangular formations inspired by Greek architecture dating to the Sassanid era. Archeologists have said that the structures located in Fars Province are part of the urban planning of the ancient Achaemenid city of Istakhr during the Sassanid period (226-651 CE). The design is loaned from Hippodamus style of urban planning during a series of armed conflicts with Persias great rival to the west, the Roman Empire, said...
  • The First Day of the Week

    06/10/2008 10:10:18 AM PDT · by dangus · 123 replies · 193+ views
    Vanity ^ | 6-10-08 | Dangus
    One controversial translation issue is the phrase, “mia ton sabbaton.” This has traditionally been translated as “the first of the week.” Under pressure from 7th-day Adventists, however, some translations of the bible have taken to translate this “on one of the Sabbaths.” But the Adventists’ translation is based on a faulty transliteration. In the Greek, “sabbaton” is spelled with either an omicron (“small ‘o’”) or an omega (“big ‘o’”). When spelled with an omega, “sabbaton” is the genitive plural. In other words, it means “Sabbaths’.” The Adventists’ position is that “primus” means “first;” “mia” means closer to the number, one....
  • Pytheas Visited The Isle Of Man In 300BC - Claim

    04/14/2008 11:08:44 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 2,533+ views
    IOM Today ^ | 4-8-2008 | ADRIAN DARBYSHIRE
    Pytheas visited the Isle of Man in 300BC - claim ANCIENT GREEK: The explorer Pytheas By ADRIAN DARBYSHIRE AN Ancient Greek explorer's extraordinary voyage took him to the Isle of Man 300 years before the birth of Christ, new research claims. Scientist and geographer Pytheas (pronounced Puth-e-as) is now believed to have visited the Island in about 325BC to take sun measurements during a three-year voyage – the first recorded circumnavigation of the British Isles. Pytheas was born in the Greek settlement of Massalia, now Marseille, about 360BC and was a contemporary of Alexander the Great (356-323BC). Marseille at that...
  • Ancient Tomb Found On Greek Island

    03/05/2008 7:15:50 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 310+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | 3-5-2008 | NICHOLAS PAPHITIS
    Ancient tomb found on Greek island By NICHOLAS PAPHITIS Associated Press WriterA partly demolished, 3,000-year-old tomb recently discovered on the western Greek island of Lefkada is seen in this undated hand out photo released by Greek Culture Ministry on Wednesday, March 5, 2008. Archaeologists said the beehive-shaped tomb, which contained several human skeletons and grave offerings, was the first major Mycenaean-era monument to be found on the island.ATHENS, Greece --Road construction on the western Greek island of Lefkada has uncovered and partially destroyed an important tomb with artifacts dating back more than 3,000 years, officials said on Wednesday. The find...
  • After 70 years...Greek-Catholic bishops return to the Vatican

    02/01/2008 2:00:52 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies · 96+ views
    CNA ^ | February 1, 2008
    Vatican City, Feb 1, 2008 / 10:25 am (CNA).- For the first time in 70 years, the bishops of the Greek-Catholic Church of Ukraine were able to pay a visit to the tomb of St. Peter and to meet with his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.“You are welcome, dear brothers, in this house in which intense and incessant prayers have always been said for the beloved Greek-Catholic Church of Ukraine," the Pope told the bishops. The ‘ad limina’ visit comes after years of  limited freedom for the Greek-Catholic Church."Now that your Churches have rediscovered their complete freedom", the Pope said,...
  • Changes for (Greek Catholic) Slovak Church

    01/30/2008 1:39:35 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 97+ views
    Closed Cafeteria ^ | January 30, 2008 | Gerald Augustinus
    From the VIS under "Pontifical Acts" - Reorganised the Greek-Catholic Slovak Church, making in a "sui iuris" Metropolitan Church and adopting the following provisions: - Elevating the eparchy of Presov for Catholics of Byzantine rite (Catholics 137,203, priests 259, permanent deacons 1, religious 111) to the status of metropolitan see and promoting Bishop Jan Babjak S.J. of Presov to the office of metropolitan archbishop. The archbishop-elect was born in Hazin nad Chirochou, Slovakia in 1953, he was ordained a priest in 1978 and consecrated a bishop in 2003. - Elevating the apostolic exarchate of Kosice for Catholics of Byzantine...
  • Burglar breaks into car, steals Greek Orthodox bishop's bejeweled crown

    01/27/2008 6:18:04 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 36 replies · 1,077+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | January 27, 2008
    A burglar who broke into a Greek Orthodox bishop's car made off with quite a haul, but fencing one of the stolen items could prove difficult. Among the items stolen from Bishop Metropolitan Isaiah's car was a jeweled crown of gold and silver, which Isaiah estimated to be worth between $6,000 and $10,000. Isaiah, who is based in Denver and is bishop for the Northwest region of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, said he was dining with others at a restaurant when the break-in occurred. He said the car was parked in a well-lit spot. "We came out at...
  • A Hellenic Case Against Hillary

    01/24/2008 9:14:46 AM PST · by longtermmemmory · 22 replies · 627+ views
    A Hellenic Case Against Hillary by Theodore G. Karakostas The following critique is not motivated by partisanship. I am a critic of the anti-Hellenic and anti-Orthodox policies of both major political parties. However, the focus now is Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. In 1992, then Presidential Candidate Bill Clinton promised the Greek-American community he would not recognize Skopje with the name Macedonia. In 1994, the Clinton administration broke its promise and subsequently recognized Skopje under the Hellenic name of Macedonia. The Clinton administration subsequently tried to pressure Athens to lift the embargo that had been justifiably imposed by Greece...
  • Questioning the Delphic Oracle

    12/30/2007 5:01:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 304+ views
    Scientific American ^ | August 2003 | John R. Hale, Jelle Zeilinga de Boer, Jeffrey P. Chanton and Henry A. Spiller
    Tradition attributed the prophetic inspiration of the powerful oracle to geologic phenomena: a chasm in the earth, a vapor that rose from it, and a spring... The ancient testimony, however, is widespread, and it comes from a variety of sources: historians such as Pliny and Diodorus, philosophers such as Plato, the poets Aeschylus and Cicero, the geographer Strabo, the travel writer Pausanias, and even a priest of Apollo who served at Delphi, the famous essayist and biographer Plutarch... in about 1900, a young English classicist named Adolphe Paul Oppe['s] opinions were so strongly expressed that his theory became the new...
  • You say potato, I say ghoughteighpteau!

    10/08/2007 3:56:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 645+ views
    daily mail ^ | 7th October 2007 | HARRY BINGHAM
    This Little Britain, about the various ways in which we Brits have a history of being the exception. In areas such as law, government, economics, agriculture and science, we've often been a uniquely British exception to a general European rule. Ditto, in such things as men's fashion, Victorian sewers, drunken yobbishness, and - not least - in the whole area of language and literature. Take spellings. George Bernard Shaw famously commented that English spelling would allow you to write the word 'fish' as 'ghoti' - ... Throw in other pronunciation changes and an appetite for foreign borrowings, and it's no...
  • Greek conservatives head for election win

    09/16/2007 1:34:57 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 25 replies · 533+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | September 15 2007 | Dina Kyriakidou/Reuters
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's ruling conservatives appeared headed on Sunday for a narrow election victory that may complicate economic reform efforts after a campaign overshadowed by deadly forest fires and scandals. Early official results, which had yet to reflect voting in large urban areas, showed the conservative New Democracy winning about 45 percent of the ballots. Exit polls earlier showed the ruling party winning a thin parliamentary majority that may make it hard for it to tackle the difficult reforms aimed at bringing the euro zone's second poorest member in line with its partners. Conservative Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and...
  • Israeli Firefighters Rush to Greece to Help Battle Wildfire

    08/27/2007 4:11:41 PM PDT · by mastercylinder · 3 replies · 837+ views
    Arutz Sheva israel national news ^ | 14 Elul 5767, August 28, '07 | Hana Levi Julian
    A group of 25 Israeli firefighters were on the first plane to Greece on Monday after a desperate appeal by the Greek government for assistance in fighting one of the worst outbreaks of wildfire ever to hit the country. The Israeli contingent is the largest of those sent by a total of eight nations. At least 56 people have died in the fires that have ravaged various parts of the country since Friday. Worst affected was the Zaharo area of the Peloponnese in southern Greece, the scene of most of the deaths. Tragedy also struck on the island of Evia,...
  • Greek Fires May Be Treated As Terrorism

    08/27/2007 3:40:18 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 625+ views
    Greek fires may be treated as terrorism Staff and agencies Monday August 27, 2007 Guardian Unlimited (UK) Burned cars sit in a field near Artemida, one of the villages caught in the fires which have spread through the Peloponnese forests. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty A Greek prosecutor today ordered an investigation into whether arson attacks, which have been blamed for the worst forest fires in decades, could be considered terrorist acts. The public order ministry said Dimitris Papangelopoulos, who is responsible for prosecuting terrorism and organised crime, ordered the investigation to determine "whether the crimes of arsonists and of arson attacks...
  • Complete Hell (nightmare fires in Greece with Satellite picture.)

    08/26/2007 5:45:38 PM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 125 replies · 4,684+ views ^ | 26 Aug 2007 | Annita Paschalinou
    Complete Hell 26 Aug 2007 16:36:00 By Annita Paschalinou Sources: ΝΕΤ - ΝΕΤ 105.8 - ΑNA Firefighters and people are battling against tens of fires raging in the largest part of the country , while efforts to the point of sacrifice are made in Ancient Olympia where flames are threatening the ancient ruins and the museum of Olympia, a world heritage site. According to NET correspondents the fire is approaching the village’s medical center while it has burned many houses. Kronio hill is on fire. Four firefighting aircrafts and four helicopters are dropping water to save the ancient monuments from...
  • Greek Forest Fires Kill 47 As Blaze Nears Athens

    08/25/2007 8:18:41 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 510+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-26-2007 | Roya Nikkhah
    Greek forest fires kill 47 as blaze nears Athens By Roya Nikkhah, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 1:40am BST 26/08/2007 Forest fires have ripped through southern Greece, killing 47 people, injuring 40 and leaving hundreds homeless. A hot, dry summer and a three-day heatwave with temperatures of 40C created the tinderbox conditions A national state of emergency was declared yesterday as firemen fought up to 170 fires which have raged since Friday, forcing the evacuation of dozens of villages. The southern Peloponnese region was described as a "crematorium" by officials, who said the death toll was expected to rise as gale-force...
  • Death toll mounts in Greek fires

    08/25/2007 8:00:51 AM PDT · by Ghayyour · 2 replies · 438+ views
    BBC ^ | August 25, 2007
    Greek emergency workers continue to find the charred bodies of people burned to death by forest fires that are raging in the south of the country. Officials raised the death toll from the fires over the past two days to 44. Searches of burnt cars, houses and fields were still turning up the remains of those who could not escape. The Prime Minister, Kostas Karamanlis, called the situation "an unspeakable tragedy" and the government appealed to the EU for help. Greek newspapers are calling the southern Peloponnese region a "crematorium", says the BBC's Malcolm Brabant in Athens. The fires have...
  • Greek Archaeologists Discover Rare Example Of 2,700-Year-Old Weaving

    05/09/2007 2:42:53 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 2,101+ views
    IHT ^ | 5-9-2007 | AP
    Greek archaeologists discover rare example of 2,700-year-old weaving The Associated PressPublished: May 9, 2007 ATHENS, Greece: Archaeologists in Greece have recovered a rare section of 2,700-year old fabric from a burial imitating heroes' funerals described by the poet Homer, officials said Wednesday. The yellowed, brittle material was found in a copper urn during a rescue excavation in the southern town of Argos, a Culture Ministry announcement said. "This is an extremely rare find, as fabric is an organic material which decomposes very easily," said archaeologist Alkistis Papadimitriou, who headed the dig. She said only a handful of such artifacts have...
  • The Greek Versus the Hebrew View of Man

    04/16/2007 6:23:19 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 2 replies · 1,766+ views
    Present Truth Magazine ^ | 1968 | George Eldon Ladd
    The Greek View Until we can reconstruct with some confidence the emergence of Gnosticism, it is highly speculative to speak of the influence of Gnostic ideas on the emerging Christian faith. There is, however, a body of Greek literature that contains a view of man and the world very close to that of developed Gnosticism, namely, those Greek philosophical and religious writings that reflect the influence of Platonic dualism. These are writings that are well known and datable; and it is profitable to compare their view of man and the world with the biblical view in both the Old and...
  • Owners of sunken Greek cruise ship to be sued over pollution risk

    04/08/2007 3:18:49 PM PDT · by Dacb · 12 replies · 575+ views
    AFP ^ | 08 April 2007 | AFP
    Greek authorities have announced plans to sue the owners of a Greek cruise ship that sank near the island of Santorini, fearing a serious blow to the booming local tourist economy from oil pollution. "We feel it is our obligation to take legal action," said the island's Governor, Chrysanthos Roussos. "We need to ensure that the ship's owners take responsibility for the clean-up operation." The Greek-flagged Sea Diamond hit a charted reef near the tiny island port on Thursday (local time) and sank at dawn on Friday in the bay of Athinio, descending to a depth of between 90 and...
  • Greek archaeologists unearth rich tomb (filled with gold jewelry,pottery,artifacts)

    04/04/2007 5:08:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 1,041+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/4/07 | AP
    ATHENS, Greece - Archaeologists on a Greek island have discovered a large Roman-era tomb containing gold jewelry, pottery and bronze offerings, officials said Wednesday. The building, near the village of Fiscardo on Kefalonia, contained five burials including a large vaulted grave and a stone coffin, a Culture Ministry announcement said. The complex, measuring 26 by 20 feet, had been missed by grave-robbers, the announcement said. Archaeologists found gold earrings and rings, gold leaves that may have been attached to ceremonial clothing, as well as glass and clay pots, bronze artifacts decorated with masks, a bronze lock and copper coins. The...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush ("I will veto it"): 3-23-07

    03/23/2007 5:03:12 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 466 replies · 5,795+ views
    In response to the democrats passing their ANTI-TROOP bill, President Bush made a statement from the White House, vowing to veto it. “… [this bill] has no chance of becoming law.” Accompanying the president were members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, families of deployed service members and families of those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. (Transcript) Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice met with the Iraq Provincial Reconstruction Team at the State Department. Press Secretary Tony Snow made an announcement about his health at the end of today’s press briefing. (Transcript) On a lighter note, President...
  • Rising tension from Greek soldiers' anti-Albanian song

    03/08/2007 7:00:04 AM PST · by joan · 24 replies · 821+ views
    AEnews ^ | March 7, 2007
    Tirana, March 7, 2007 (AENews) – Protests against Greek soldiers' anti-Albanian song is rising in Albania while politicians have called for a contained and calm response. In Durres and Elbasan, protesters burned Greek flags while the entire population is bewildered by the level of hatred and violence in the text of Greek Soldiers' song. A private video showing Greek soldiers singing "We are gone a make shoe-strings with Albanian guts" was published last week on the Internet, then was commented by the Greek and Albanian media. Foreign Relations committee in the Albanian Parliament called Thursday on the population to stop...
  • Esphigmenou Monastery: The doctrinaire monks of Mt Athos

    03/15/2007 4:03:11 PM PDT · by gimmeone · 1 replies · 305+ views
    Kathimerini ^ | 03-15-07 | Nikos Vafeiadis
    Spyros Staveris Differences with the other monasteries on Athos have led to violence, excommunications and criminal trials, exclusions and expulsions and the deprivation of fundamental human rights. ‘We recognize the Ecumenical Patriarchate but not the line the patriarchs are taking,’ the Esphigmenou monks say.By Nikos Vafeiadis - Kathimerini The Esphigmenou Monastery has frequently been in the news since last November in the form of scenes of violence at the Mount Athos port of Karyes, intervention by police, prison sentences for monks, expulsions from the Holy Mountain, riot squads on hand for a visit by the ecumenical patriarch and the...
  • Dig Unearths Ancient Theatre (Athens - Acharnae)

    02/18/2007 3:36:33 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 1,899+ views
    Kathimerini ^ | 2-18-2007
    Dig unearths ancient theater Excavation work at a site in a northern Athens suburb, where sections of an ancient Greek theater were discovered on Thursday, should prove whether the structure is the fabled ancient theater of Acharnae, archaeologists said yesterday. Modern Menidi, where the remains of the 4th century BC theater were found by construction workers, is believed to have been built upon the ancient village of Acharnae, the largest of a string of settlements outside Athens, according to chief excavator Maria Platonos-Yiota. If the theater is proven to be that of Acharnae – which is referred to in the...
  • By Zeus! (Greeks return to paganism)

    02/07/2007 8:11:30 AM PST · by NYer · 50 replies · 803+ views
    Guardian ^ | February 1, 2007
    It was high noon when Doreta Peppa, a woman with long, dark locks and owlish eyes, entered the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus. At first, tourists visiting the Athenian temple thought they had stumbled on to a film set. It wasn't just that Peppa cut a dramatic figure with her flowing robes and garlanded hair. Or that she seemed to be in a state of near euphoria. Or even that the group of men and women accompanying her - dressed as warriors and nymphets in kitsch ancient garb - appeared to have stepped straight out of the city's Golden Age.To the...
  • Alexander's Afghan Gold

    02/01/2007 2:37:09 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 834+ views
    Al-Ahram ^ | 1-31-2007
    Alexander's Afghan gold After establishing the Egyptian port city of Alexandria in 331 BC, Alexander the Great founded Greek garrison cities across Asia, including Afghanistan. His legacy is on show in a new Paris exhibition, writes David Tresilian "Sovereign and Dragon" pendant found at the Tillia Tepe treasure While not drawing quite the crowds making their way to the Grand Palais for Trésors engloutis d'Egypte, an exhibition of mostly Ptolemaic artefacts -- "submerged treasures" -- discovered off the coast of Alexandria and reviewed in Al-Ahram Weekly on 14 December, Afghanistan, les trésors retrouvés across Paris at the Musée Guimet should...
  • The Wines And Herbs In The Land Of Pan

    12/29/2006 4:56:39 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 563+ views
    Kathimerini ^ | 12-28-2006 | Stavroula Kourakou
    The wines and herbs in the land of Pan A survey of ancient Greek sources reveals the surprising properties of certain wines that continue to provoke the curiosity of scholars today A parody of Circe offering Odysseus wine that contains a magical herb that will make him behave like an animal. Hermes has given the ancient Greek hero another herb called moly so that Odysseus is not seduced by Circe. Medical historian Sevasti Karahaliou says moly must have been an anti-aphrodisiac. (From an early 4th century BC Boeotian cup, Ashmolean Museum.) By Stavroula Kourakou (1) In early December, the interdisciplinary...
  • Greek Foreign Minister Orders Monks Evicted From the Capital of Mount Athos

    12/22/2006 6:52:24 AM PST · by gimmeone · 12 replies · 474+ views
    Friends of Esphigmenou ^ | 12-22-06 | Friends of Esphigmenou
    BREAKING NEWS -DECEMBER 22, 2006 We have just been informed that the Greek Foreign Minister, Ms. Bakoyianni has given the order to empty the Konaki of Esphigmenou Monastery at Karyes, the Capital of Mount Athos by Sunday. Christmas leaves for the local Police have been cancelled! The government is trampling on the civil rights of the monks and this brotherhood that have lived there continuously for over 1500 years. The monks simply want to be left alone to live out their commitment to a peaceful monastic life of prayer and the government wants to throw over 100 monks out of...
  • Rare Greek antiquities go on display

    12/05/2006 4:33:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 440+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/5/06 | David Minthorn - ap
    NEW YORK - Warned that the barrage of Persian arrows would hide the sun at Thermopylae, the Spartan hero Dienekes replied with cool bravado, It will be pleasant to fight in the shade. Known for their terse, unflinching way of speaking, these consummate warriors from the Lakonia region of Greece were known as laconic, or sparing of words. The term also applies to their art. "Athens-Sparta," opening Wednesday at the Onassis Cultural Center, presents 289 archaeological artifacts from the paramount city states of ancient Greece to illustrate their very different social and artistic legacies. Athens lavishly encouraged artistic creativity, which...