Peloponnesus at the end of the Middle Ages

The Morea, the Mani, the General Graitzas Paleologos and the Salmeniko Few people have heard of the name, the Morea, which was used in the middle ages instead of the Peloponnese. It was a name supplied by the Franks/Latins in the eleventh century, lasting until the start of the War of Independence. It was likely…

MY HERITAGE Asia Minor

For tens of millions of people, the thought of Asia Minor, also known as Anatolia, when you take in the entire length of Turkey, is a sad topic. Sad or rather tragic for the various diverse, historical inhabitants of the region are no more. Today you will find Turkish and Kurdish people only, rather than the once…

Cyrenaica, the Greek region of Libya

Arabic charm, Berber tribesmen, Islamic traditions, Mediterranean coast, pariah in the West. These are some of the tags we can ascribe to Libya when we think about that country. Mention the name Ghadafi and one automatically associates it with Libya… Mention the name Belisarius and you will draw a blank… yet 1500 years ago this…

Calimera from Magna Graecia and the Griko people of Apulia

The opening scene of our new documentary said it all – ‘this is not a police chase, it’s a Greek chase’ – as a friendly Italian allowed us to follow him to find the Griko-speaking town of Calimera that we had come to experience. Apulia, also known as Puglia, is the home of 13 Griko…

The Provisional Government of Thessaloniki of 1917 and a national schism

Very few cities have the beauty, history, culture and charm of Thessaloniki. Ancient with a modern heartbeat, medieval with a forward-thinking outlook, and one of the most important locations in the Balkans and an outlet to Khalkidhiki. It is of course the capital of Macedonia, Greece; a city that was established by King Cassander in…

A Hellenic contribution to AFRICA

Africa is a unique place. With thousands of languages and peoples being part of the fabric of this unique continent, civilisation first emerged here. Hellenes have been coming to Africa for millennia; from the colonies that were established in what is now Libya, as well Tunisia and Egypt. The Greek Byzantines held most of North…

A Greek in the Holy Land

Geia sou ti kaneis? Emena me lene (Hi, my name is) Rashed Al-Zorba. And with that, an older man who hails from Jericho city, greeted me in Greek at a hotel, in Shepherd’s Fields, the birthplace of Jesus, just outside of Bethlehem. Thanks to a very large Christian population and a high number of tourists…

The hidden Greek history of Montenegro – it’s in the Balkans

Sitting on the plane ready to fly up from Athens to Dubrovnik, which is a small ride from the Montenegro border, I couldn’t help but laugh at an American girl who was face timing her boyfriend. “Baby I am off to Croatia.” “Where?” “It’s a country in Europe” “Where?” and it went on. I asked…

When Asia was ruled by the Greeks: Seleucid Empire

When we in Australia think of Asia, we tend to think of the oriental end of the continent. In Britain, when the term Asia is used, it generally refers to the Sub – Continent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or wherever cricket is played), yet to the ancient Hellenes, Asia was once that area from…

The Greeks of Ukraine: from Marioupolis to Odessa

Billy Cotsis takes us on a journey through the Greek areas of the Ukraine including the historic Philiki Eteria Museum, the home of the Greek Revolution ‘Ola kala, kai panta kala (always good, forever good).’ With the clink of our glasses and the downing of another vodka drink I started to feel very much at…