John Stuart Mill
John Stuart Mill reminds us that governments and the courts must never be allowed to criminalise matters of belief or opinion.
The Voice of an Angel
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A tenth-century Greek monk is joined by a total stranger for Mattins.
The Lion of Piraeus
A marble statue in Venice bears witness to Europe’s long history of brave defeats and fruitless victories.
The United States of the Ionian Islands
The British liberated the Ionian islands from Napoleon, then gave them fifty happy years and the game of cricket.
A Turkish official was itching to know the secret behind a Russian slave girl’s personal charm.
Demetrius the Diver
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A survivor of the infamous massacre of Chios in 1821 goes to Marseilles, but discovers he has not entirely left the Turks behind.
The ancient Greek King knew victory had cost his army more than it could afford to lose.
In 1910, Constantine Zervakos, a young monk from the Greek island of Paros, found himself charged with espionage.
The Greeks, the Governor and the Potatoes
John Kapodistrias had an instinct for how a long-oppressed people might think.
The headstrong Irish boy became part of the Greek resistance movement that won independence in 1832.
Xerxes Scourges the Hellespont
The Persian King felt that a lord of his majesty should not have to take any nonsense from an overgrown river.
The Fall of Constantinople
Hospitality and sympathy, but no help - the Byzantine Emperor learns a bitter lesson about western diplomacy.
The Bishop’s Gambit
The mayor and bishop of Zakynthos went to extraordinary lengths to protect the most vulnerable people of their island.
Kipling and ‘Agamemnon’
Both Rudyard Kipling and the Royal Navy saw Greek sovereignty as a universal symbol of freedom.
Kipling borrowed from the Greek Independence movement to give thanks for the end of the Great War.
In the populist democracy of 5th-century BC Athens, heroes fell as quickly as they rose.
Pericles and the Fickle Public of Athens
The leader of 5th-century BC Athens lavished public money on the city and its adoring citizens.
The Last Days of Socrates
Socrates was placed on death row while Athens celebrated a religious festival.
The Battle of Marathon
Remembered as the inspiration of the famous Olympic road race, but much more important than that.
Byron and Hercules
Lord Byron could not have hoped for a better omen in his support for the oppressed people of Greece.
The Third Siege of Missolonghi
The cruelty of the Ottoman Turks so shocked Europe that the tide of opinion turned against them.
The Sacred Snakes of Kefalonia
Once a year, regular as clockwork, the little snakes slither
into the convent for a Feast of the Virgin Mary.
The Battle of Salamis
Defeat for the Greeks would have changed the course of Western civilization.
A Man called ‘Beta’
For a perennial ‘runner-up’, Eratosthenes had a peculiar knack of being first.