Melbourne's fractious Pontic clubs

Opinion | One thing inherently clear when it comes to Pontians in Melbourne is that they are more divided now than they have ever been This opinion piece is based on the Pontic Greek clubs 'syllogi' of Melbourne, but let me mention briefly the body which represents all Pontic clubs in Australia, the federation(s).

Jason Church

At Cape Jason (Grk: Ιασώνειον, Trk: Yason Burnu), along one of the most picturesque locations on the Black Sea coast between Fatsa and Ordu, is a Greek Orthodox church, the Jason Church (Yason Kilisesi). The place is named after Jason who moored his vessel (the Argo) here with his Argonauts on their voyage to find the Golden Fleece.

Τ'Αρζά-Κοτα

Εείν τα χρόν(ε)α είχαν ατάτ1' κ'επαρακάλ'ναν 'ς σο τζαχ' κεικά τον άγιον Αρζά-Κοτα. Έναν βραδίν ιστ(ε)α2 εποίναν την ευshήν ατούν κ'επαρακάλ'ναν άτονε, αναχάπαρτα3 είδαν είναν εκατήβαινεν ας σο ρδανίν κιάν'. Ατός κλέφτες έτον και με το να 'κ'εχώρ'νεν να κατήβαινεν, εξέγκεν όλ(ε)α τα λώματα τ' κ'εκατήβεν κ'εφάνθεν ας ση μεσ' και κα.

St. Michael church, Akçaabat

The church of St. Michael is located on a mountain south of the town of Akçaabat. It was seen in 1840 by [W.J] Hamilton when the priest told him it was 800 years old but Prof. Talbot Rice believes the church to be 13th or 14th century.  In 1846 it was restored and extended as attested by an inscription on the north facing door, and its medieval appearance clearly distinguishable from its 19th century parts.

Kromni - Κρώμνη - Krom

Kromni (Grk: Κρώμνη, Trk: Krom) is a town located in the province of Chaldea and the region of Trebizond (today Trabzon) some 60km from the Black Sea. It's located on the mountain Paryadres east of the Pontic alps some 2000m above sea level. To the north it borders onto Matsouka and the village Larahani, to the east  Santa, to the south Yemora and to the west Partin, Varenou and Mousanton.

Santa - Σάντα - Dumanli

Santa (Grk: Σάντα, Trk: Dumanli) was a Greek town in Pontus in the province of Argyroupolis (Gümüşhane). It is located 52km south east of Trebizond (Trabzon). Prior to 1923 it was made up of 7 settlements, (Pistofanton, Zournatzanton, Tsakalanton, Ischananton. Kozlaranton, Pinetanton and Terzanton) made up entirely of Greeks numbering some 6000.

Polychronis Enepekides (1917-2014)

Polychronis Enepekides was born in 1917 in Amisos (Samsunta, today's Samsun) in the Pontus region of the former Ottoman Empire, today Turkey. He studied literature and history at the University of Athens and later at the Universities of Paris and Vienna where he attained his PhD.

Argyroupolis Tuition Center

The Argyroupolis Greek Tuition Center also known as Frontistirion Argyroupolis, is located in Argyroupolis (Gümüşhane) in current day Turkey.  It was founded in 1723, 40 years after the Trapezunta Tuition Center formed, by Archbishop of Chaldea Ignatios Skrivas I. Its first name was the School of Greek Studies (Scholi Ellinikon Mathimaton) and operated from the home of the Kaloyeranton family. 

Kerasunta Tuition Center

The Kerasunta Greek Tuition Centre (also known as Frontistirion Kerasountas or Imigymnasio Kerasountas) is located in Giresun, Turkey and was built in 1905-08. The building was made up of 24 classrooms spread over 4 floors and comprised a 6-grade primary school and a 3-grade boarding school.

The Tsabouna (Tulum) Bagpipe

A bagpipe with only one pipe (e.g. the tsabouna (tulum) see Figure 1, played in Greece and Turkey) is rare, virtually all having at least two pipes.  Of these, one pipe is the ‘chanter’ with fingerholes for playing melodies, and any others are usually ‘drones’ sustaining single notes.

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