What would a conversation between a seagull and a stone sound like? In this fictional piece by Yiannis Haritantis, author of Odos Euxeinou Pontou (Black Sea Street), a seagull is startled when a stone on a beach-side in Greece starts talking. Much to their surprise, they both have a lot to say, and quickly learn of their differing perspectives on life.
The Romeyka project aims at documenting Romeyka, an endangered Greek variety spoken in north-East Turkey, on which very little is known and whose investigation is of extreme urgency because of the small number of native speakers who acquire it as a first language. The project is sponsored by Cambridge and Princeton Universities and the British Academy.
Earlier this week, the Toronto City Council adopted a motion put forward by Greek-Canadian politician Jim Karygiannis which recognized a 'Pontian genocide'. The motion was seconded by Mary Fragedakis. The adoption of such a motion raises a number of questions. Firstly, by adopting the recognition of a genocide which is named after only one region where it occurred, was Jim Karygiannis denying the genocide of Greeks in all other regions?
An important point to stress is that in Anatolia (and within Pontos), christians and muslims shared in each other’s celebrations and at key times in the year they would visit each other’s places of worship. This was an essential part of maintaining social cohesion in communities.
Melbourne's 2016 Antipodes Greek Festival was the stage for a unique performance titled The Phoenix of the Dreamtime, a music and dance ensemble showcasing the cultures of two indigenous groups; Australia's Aborigines and the Greeks of Pontus (a region in today's Turkey).
Λίγο μετά την πτώση της Αυτοκρατορίας της Τραπεζούντας στα χέρια των Τούρκων, το 1461, κάποιοι προνοητικοί Έλληνες Τραπεζούντιοι, αλλά και κάτοικοι παράλιων πόλεων, αποφάσισαν να εγκαταλείψουν τις εστίες τους και διάλεξαν να χτίσουν τα χωριά τους στα βουνά, όσο πιο ψηλά γινότανε, για να γλιτώσουν από την αγριότητα του κατακτητή.
It appears that the Chinese were the first to acquire more than one name with the use of surnames. The exact date when surnames began is shrouded in legend but they clearly occurred well over 2,000 years ago. In the western world, the inherited family name is a comparatively recent development. Some ancient Greek families identified themselves by an ancestor’s name but the Romans appear to be the first Europeans to make regular use of family names.
Georgos Andreadis was a novelist of Pontic Greek descent. He was born in 1936 in the refugee quarters of Kalamaria, Greece. His family migrated to Greece from Georgia in 1930. His father Kyriakos was a member of the 'Pontic National Assembly', a group which sought to guarantee the rights of Pontic Greeks following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
There is a lack of written culture in English about Pontos, the northeastern region of Turkey adjacent the Black Sea. This is especially true on orthodox christian Greek funeral rituals. This article addresses this issue with descriptions of Greek funeral rituals primarily from the villages of Santa 66 km (by road) south of Trabzon (which were applicable to many other areas in Pontos) and for crypto-christians in the villages of Kromni 70 km (by road) south of Trabzon.