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  1. "Macedonia" is a complex region. What we Greeks call "Macedonia" today - the Greek portion of ancient Macedonia - has been under Ottoman rules for centuries and until it was ceded to Greece after the Balkan Wars and WWI (100 years ago!). People who live in Greek Macedonia today (and identify themselves as Greeks) have most likely very little to do with the ancient Macedonians of Alexander the Great's time (who did indeed speak Greek and identified themselves as Greek too).
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    Gorgeous island. You're going to love it!
  3. I've interviewed Tsarouchas for Hellenism.Net several years ago. Super nice guy. Here's the interview: http://www.hellenism.net/greece/famous-greeks/interviews/
  4. I don't know many people of slavic background to have a rounded opinion (I just know a few with whom I play soccer with). There are some similarities (mostly because all Balkan Slavs lived a similar lifestyle as the Greeks during the time they were under the Ottoman rule). Most of the similarities seem to stop there though.
  5. No, there were Greeks there too of course, but they were most likely the minority, especially in many small towns/villages. The influx of all the Greeks from Asia Minor though changed the balance. In any case, I think it's a cause of concern to allow FYROM to use the term "Macedonia" in any shape or form, and Greece shouldn't allow this.
  6. I think it's safe to say that the vast majority of Greeks in the Macedonia region are of Asia Minor extraction. During the exchange of Greek/Turkish populations in 1922, most Greeks from Asia Minor settled in the Macedonia region and also in and around Athens and Piraeus. From personal experience, all the people I know from Thessaloniki or northern Greece are all from Asia Minor background one way or another. All of them.
  7. In a different topic we talked about starting controversial discussions so that we'll kick start some interesting conversations again in the general discussion forum. I don't think there's a more heated topic these days in Greece than this one. Yet, as you can see, no interest by anyone to debate argue about any of this . All our fellow Greeks are happily downloading or uploading music clips in a different forum. This is much more important to them than thinking and arguing about serious matters.
  8. The name of the Egyptian city is not Thebes, it's Waset. Thebes is a Greek name. I don't know why the Egyptian city was later renamed to Thebes, it's possible that people from Thebes (Greece) moved there during the Ptolemies' rule and renamed the city, or it could be that the Ptolemies themselves renamed Waset as they did with many other Egyptian cities during their rule. Encyclopaedia Brittanica does indeed mention that the original name of the city during ancient times was Wase or Nowe, but doesn't give an explanation as to why and when it was renamed to Thebes (as we know it today): https://www.britannica.com/place/Thebes-ancient-Egypt So in that respect, even though Waset is clearly much much older than the Greek city of Thebes, the Greek (or Phoenician?) name/term Thebes is older and it's clearly Greek in origin (or Phoenician?), not Egyptian. I found this (in Greek) which is explaining a bit more about the history of Cadmus and the Thebans (not sure about the validity of these arguments): http://www.krassanakis.gr/thebes.htm Wikipedia's entry on Cadmus says what I mentioned earlier, that he was possible of Semitic/Phoenician background: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadmus
  9. I've read a different story about Kadmos and Thebes. That they were possibly of Levantine or Phoenician origin, not Egyptian.
  10. Can you provide some references from valid sources about this? I've never heard of this before.
  11. Ha ha, yes I read this article a few days ago. I don't think there's a good chance that anyone living in the area we now call Greece in those days would be black. Of course Zeus and Achilles are mythological characters so this is a mute point
  12. #2 should be an excellent reason to start using the forum again to vent your frustration Would make for some entertaining discussions.
  13. I can only think of 2 controversial topics: religion and politics. Ok 3, sports too
  14. Looks like all the regulars who used to post here often are mostly gone (I haven't seen eyoismos in here in ages!). Dino is managing and only posting on our Facebook since a couple of years ago (he has no time for both Facebook and forum). Not sure where the rest of the regulars are. Some are still reading all the new posts but are not participating, while most of the Greeks who visit this forum regularly are only interested in music and don't bother posting anywhere else. This is too bad as we've had some fun discussions over the years Happy new year!
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    It's a difficult, and long drive, from Athens to Lefkada. This is why many tourists avoid it. Beautiful island though. Now that the new highway is completed (from Athens to Ioannina through the Rio bridge) it's hopefully going to attract more visitors.
  16. I'm not going to any Greek concerts in North America. A few months ago Panos Kiamos was here and they were asking for something like $500/couple (including a drink, but not any food) which is completely ridiculous. I don't like this kind of music anyway, so it was an easy decision for me to tell them to go fuck themselves.
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    I've been to Lefkada several times. No connection to it, we just like the island. We stayed in the Nikiana area, at a hotel called "Ionian Blue". It's supposedly a 5-star hotel, but it's not really up to the North American standards. The price was decent (I think we paid around 180 Euros/night for half-board) and the views were amazing.
  18. Is there widespread panic in the whole area around Houston due to flooding, people moving around etc. or is it business as usual where you are?
  19. Did you have to leave your home? What's the situation in your area?
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    I haven't been to Kos in 20 years. The island has changed quite a bit since then from what I hear (I have a cousin there who owns one of those touristic shops). The island was busy this summer despite the earthquake and the issues with the migrants. However, as you said, most people now stay in all inclusives so the local shops suffer.
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    I visited Kefalonia just for a day this summer (I was in Lefkada and took a boat tour around the island which also took us to Fiskardo in Kefalonia). Fiskardo is a gorgeous little town, very picturesque. All the Ionian islands are lush and beautiful. Are you going back in October??? I'm jealous!
  22. This is the actual link to the book https://books.google.ca/books?id=GvxHAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false Now, it's debatable whether these proverbs are "modern" as the book was written in 1832 - even though most of these proverbs are still in use. The proverbs are aalso written in Katharevousa (which is a purist/made up form of modern Greek used in the 1800s and early 1900s for most literary writing). Good find nonetheless
  23. Sorry for coming late into the discussion (just back from Greece!). I agree with ajax that the ancient Cretans (as most pre-classical Greek tribes) seem to have come from Anatolia. If one looks at their art. language, way of life etc. it seems to bear many similarities to their neighbors from the east.
  24. που τα βρισκεις αυτα? Ψαχνεις για παραξενα νεα?


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