Mezedes 3/5/18

Edward Everett

‘Everett’s informed activism on behalf of Greek independence is perhaps the first great example of American ‘engaged scholarship’, fitting for the scholar who was the first in his country to earn a PhD.’ Johanna Hanink on Edward Everett, the American classicist who became an unlikely spokesperson for Greek revolutionaries.

‘Maybe what Rodin really has in common with the creators of the Parthenon is an insatiable appetite for life.’ Jonathan Jones reviews ‘Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece’ at the British Museum.

How did the Mycenaeans cut through the especially tough type of rock they used in their palaces and tombs? Read about the homemade pendulum saw that is ‘the most persuasive reconstruction of a Mycenaean sawing machine’.

‘The program is a very important and innovative educational, scientific and cultural initiative for this country.’ Greece is getting its first English undergraduate program, organized by the University of […]

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Nigel Gibbions: Indecipherable Crete

I first visited Crete in December 2002 for the wedding of my friends Keith and Maria, who are responsible for the Philhellenes website. I have loved the island ever since. This is a record of that first visit.

My plane lands at 5am: dark palm trees and red sky. The wedding is later today and I must rest.

pithos about my height picture me inside it peeping out

The day after, my arms ache from circle dancing. I walk to the centre of Heraklion.

narrow pavement hard to dodge the butcher’s hare

On the way, there is a display of religious icons inside a small church.

graffiti on the church wall icons

This Venetian Fortress (Koules) once protected the harbour.

In the evening, I find a place to eat in the streets opposite Lion Square.

poppy seeds on white linen starry night

The Minoan civilisation flourished here […]

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