Christians under the Ottoman Turks

In the 17th century Britons left their country in vast numbers - explorers, young aristocrats, diplomats, ecclesiastics, soldiers, botanists, merchants, pirates or simply "tourists". Among them only the most intrepid or passionate ventured into the faraway lands of the Ottoman Empire and wrote travel narratives.

History and Renovation of Panayia Theoskepastos Monastery

The convent Panayia Theoskepastos monastery stands on the northwestern slopes of  the 240 m high Boztepe (Grey Hill), midway between the harbour of Daphnous and the citadel overlooking Trabzon’s eastern suburbs (Figure 1).  Its high walls enclose steep, rocky ground with the entrance, cells and domestic buildings at the bottom (north) of the compound and the cemetery at the top.

The Seagull and the Stone

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

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.

Jim Karygiannis divides and ignores Greek Genocide victims

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?

Greek Orthodox Easter Celebrations in Pontos

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. 

Phoenix of the Dreamtime

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).

Βαρενού, η εύανδρος κώμη

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.

The Origin of Current Greek and Turkish Surnames

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. 









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