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Una faccia, una razza?

Italy and Greece are two countries deeply connected with each other. An Italian travelling or working in Greece will have probably heard the same sentence over and over. “Una faccia, una razza”: μια φατσα μια ρατσα, in Greek. The saying alludes to a significant similarity between Italian and Greek people, both physically and mentality-wise. The […]

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Crete, from Heraklion to Vai

Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth in the Mediterranean Sea.  The island was the birthplace of the Minoan civilization, the first advanced one in Europe. The Mycenaeans, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Venetians and the Ottomans were the following rulers of the island. Such a history left Crete with an impressive […]

Safe sex and stigma in Thessaloniki

“The sexual urge is the most violent of our desires: the desire of all our desires” Arthur Schopenhauer The habits and traditions of a certain society regarding sexuality and its expression are an essential part of it. Over the course of history, the perception of them changed significantly. The so-called “sexual revolution” that started in […]

The Sacred Band of Thebes, Scourge of Sparta

In the aftermath of the First Peloponnesian War, Sparta was the dominant force in Classical Greece. The city of Thebes joined Sparta as allies, but, as it was smaller and militarily weaker, was over time relegated to a role more akin to that of a vassal state. This brought great discontentment to the Thebans, who […]

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The influence of the Greek Orthodox Church

Orthodox Christianity is the prevailing religion in Greece. The religion and the state are formally divided, as claimed in the constitution. Nevertheless, around 90% of the Greek population identifies as an Orthodox Christian. Because of it, religion is still a fundamental pillar of the Hellenic nation. Some history With the term “Greek Orthodox Church” we […]

Peloponnese on the road

The Peloponnese peninsula is the southermost part of mainland Greece. The region has been the birthplace of the first great Greek civilization, the Mycenaean. Over the course of the centuries the area has been a crucial part of Greek history. The Greek War of Indipendence, that led to the birth of the first Hellenic Republic, […]

Prostitution in Greece

“It is fitting for me to be in love, but your time is long gone.” Corianno by Pherecrates, ancient Greek poet The legal state of the sex-related professions has been quite a controversial topic in the last decades.Some consider such a profession as an objectification of women’s body, therefore as something to ban. Others see […]

Refugees thrown to the streets: mass evictions in Greece

This past Monday, June the 1st, the eviction of 11,000 refugees has started all over Greece. A new legislation Following legislation approved in March of this year, people have now 1 month to leave their subsidized accommodations once their asylum status is recognized. Previously they had at least 6. The United Nations High Commissioner for […]