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MOIPOΛΟΙ (Lament) FOR THE FALLEN OF 1940

Lament of the Clarinet

“Death commands respect,” Ismail Kadare, “The General of the Dead Army.’ When the sun rose that day, it could not be seen. All was hidden in the stultifying greyness that try as it might, could not hide the bulk of the mountain looming ominously, as it has done for eternity, over the small stone village perched precariously at its roots. ... Read More »

Anatomy of the “Septemvriana”: Constantinople 1955

Pogrom Constantinople Sept 1955 Desecrated Church

NEOS KOSMOS More than 5,300 properties, the vast majority of them Greek-owned, were badly damaged or destroyed that night. Among these were houses, businesses, churches, monasteries, schools. The Constantinople-Istanbul pogrom, also known as the Constantinople riots or September events, was organised mob attacks directed primarily at the city’s Greek minority on 6-7 September 1955. The events were triggered by the ... Read More »

Beyond Pontus

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The principality of Theodoro 11 May 2015 Of the Empire of Trebizond or Trapezous, much has been written. As a multi-ethnic state situated in the Pontic region of the southern Black Sea, it was the terminus of the famed Silk Road and it was also the last Greek-speaking state to succumb to the Ottoman Empire. As a bridge between Europe ... Read More »

The Ethnic cleansing of Greeks from Gallipoli in 1915

Gallipoli coastline

There were 32,000 Greeks living on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. By 1919 there were none. Historian John Williams explains how the Turks sanctioned the genocide of thousands. The facts are that in a period which began after the last of the Balkan Wars and extended throughout the First World War almost half a million Greeks were among the upwards ... Read More »

The Byzantines of Cornwall

Landulph_Cornwall

In the far off land, a monument in the Landulph parish church commemorates the Palaeologus family Dean Kalymniou – 20 Apr 2015 In the common consciousness of the Greeks, Byzantium and its last ruling dynasty the Palaeologus family came to an end on 29 May 1453 when the last Emperor, Constantine Palaeologus, fell in battle, fighting Mehmet the Conqueror and ... Read More »

Orlov: First draft at a Greek revolution

Image from the Orlov Revolt

“The Orlov rebellion … was absurd in conception, devoid of genuine libertarian teleology and brutal and chaotic in execution.” – J. C Alexander Dean Kalimniou – 8 Apr 2015 In the popular Greek imagination, there was the fall of Byzantium and then, 400 hundred years of continuous darkness in which the Greek nation gradually lost its civilisation and spirit, oppressed ... Read More »