“Any debt Greece may be in now is as nothing compared to the debt we owe Greece”
— Stephen Fry*

In recent years, the name ‘Greece’ has had negative connotations: debt, austerity, recession, political failure, and social deprivation. But the present is only a slender time-slice in Greece’s long history, and Greece has been and remains the source of many riches of thought, art, culture, and landscape. Directly or indirectly, this heritage has shaped and enriched the lives of us all, and on this website people who love Greece — philhellenes in the simple sense — celebrate what Greece has given them and the world.

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David Pearce: Art and Diplomacy on Twitter

David Pearce: Art and Diplomacy on Twitter

David D. Pearce served as U.S. ambassador to Greece from 2013 to 2016. In this guest post for Philhellenes, he...
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Sharon Blomfield: Greek kindness

Sharon Blomfield: Greek kindness

At Christmas, the season of giving just past, my thoughts quite naturally turned to my Greek friends, both those on...
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Marjory McGinn’s big fat Greek odyssey

Marjory McGinn’s big fat Greek odyssey

Marjory McGinn is a Scottish-born journalist and author, who has had a long connection with Greece, starting with a youthful...
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John Kittmer’s Thirty Great Things About Greece
Anne Cooke: Every winter, I dream of Halki

Anne Cooke: Every winter, I dream of Halki

Anne Cooke is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Applied Psychology at Christ Church Canterbury University. Anne's webpage. Follow...
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Keith Frankish and Maria Kasmirli: A Greek perspective on austerity psychology

Keith Frankish and Maria Kasmirli: A Greek perspective on austerity psychology

< div class="size50pc-right"> <img src="http://philhellenes.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/hopeless_crop.jpg" alt="Graffiti image of person holding 'Hopeless' sign" wp-image-836" /> As a philosopher of cognitive science,...
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Giorgos Vitsaropoulos: Photographing the Acropolis museum

Giorgos Vitsaropoulos: Photographing the Acropolis museum

The photographer Giorgos Vitsaropoulos has kindly given me permission to reproduce one of his photographs of the new Acropolis Museum in...
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Howard Wettstein: The best vacation of our lives

Howard Wettstein: The best vacation of our lives

Howard Wettstein and his wife took a vacation in Greece in 2008, and he has kindly sent me some photos...
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Istvan Aranyosi: A Greek geek

Istvan Aranyosi: A Greek geek

Istvan Aranyosi writes: "As a kid, in the 1980s, I was known to my parents’ entourage as a Greek geek,...
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Jenny Saul: A young philhellene

Jenny Saul: A young philhellene

Jenny Saul writes: "My son Theo was buried in the sand for the first (and surely not the last!) time...
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Mezedes 1

Mezedes 1

Traveller, writer, and soldier Patrick Leigh Fermor, who died in 2011, was an almost legendary figure among philhellenes. Writing in...
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Why ‘philhellenes’? A note on terminology

Why ‘philhellenes’? A note on terminology

The term ‘philhellenes’, which been adopted to characterize this site and its contributors, is used here in its literal (and...
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Ochi Day, 2012

Ochi Day, 2012

The 28th of October is a public holiday in Greece, known as Ochi Day. It commemorates the day in 1940 when  Mussolini's ambassador...
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Shakespeare on the crisis in Greece

The School of European Education in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, belongs to the European Schools network, and provides primary and secondary...
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A note on malaria in Greece

In a piece in yesterday's Guardian newspaper Jon Henley reports on how cutbacks to Greek health services have led to...
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* Email to site editor, dated 12/03/12