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MISRULE OF THE FEW
How the oligarchs ruined Greece


Just a few years ago, Greece came perilously close to defaulting on its debts and exiting the eurozone. Today, thanks to the largest sovereign bailout in history, the countryʼs economy is showing new signs of life. In exchange for promises...

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THROUGH THE PILL OF RELIGION
Some “shaky” thoughts after Kefalonia earthquakes

The recent earthquake in the greek island of Kefalonia, somehow convinced me that I need to re-evaluate my knowledge concerning human nature. At times, I consider what I know quite sufficient and “I rest my case” believing falsely that...

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SEX AND THE FRENCH
Press reports about the French president's complicated love life highlight the difference between Anglo-Saxon and Gallic attitudes towards sex, adultery, but above all appetite

Whenever a French man of state has sex with someone not his wife, people call me up and ask why he did it. When I say people do, I really mean journalists (a sub-species whose personhood is sometimes in...

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GREEK PHILOSOPHY AT THE COURT OF MEHMET THE CONQUEROR

The most intensive and well-recorded intellectual encounter between Greek and Arabic is the 9th and 10th century translation movement from Greek into Arabic, which was extensively discussed by Dimitri Gutas in his Greek Thought, Arabic Culture (1997). As a result...

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SELECTIVE SILENCE
And the Epicurean Philosophy

It has been frequently said that we live in the age of a new kind of “individualism” where human relations are no longer permeated by ethics and humane values since the foundations where those values were once based, no longer...

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GREECE: A PERSISTENT PROTECTORATE OF FOREIGN POWERS

The debt crisis in Greece, the possibility of exit from the Euro, the possibility of a crisis of confidence in Greeceʼs ability to pay its debts spreading to other Eurozone members have led to events which challenge greek sovereignty.  That...

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TAPPING OTHER POWERS
Magic in ancient greek life

Proteus is not someone who was easy to deal with, as greek heroes from Menelaus to Aristaios had to learn. He possessed immense knowledge, but he had to be forced to share this knowledge with others, and this was not...

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THE “ART” OF TAX EVASION IN GREECE
Are the greeks justified for having “institutionalized” and mastered tax evasion?

Undoubtedly, tax evasion is a serious crime and those who commit it deserve severe punishment. Tax evasion is not a greek phenomenon as it takes places all over the world. The motives of the tax evaders are quite simple: They...

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GREECE: A NO HOPE-LAND

Being on the verge of bankruptcy, one would expect that Greeceʼs politicians would propose some serious reforms aiming at controlling and alleviating the countryʼs huge financial burden. Furthermore, one would also expect from the greek voters to exhibit some sort...

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MUSIC AS MEDICINE

Two complementary, yet somewhat different, approaches to the use of music in medical settings are currently in practice: music therapy and music medicine. Both music therapy and music medicine rely on the inherent therapeutic possibilities of...

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ANCIENT GREEK SOLUTION FOR DEBT CRISIS
What advice would the ancient greeks provide to help modern greeks with their current financial worries?

In the early 6th Century BC, the people of Athens were burdened with debt, social division and inequality, with poor farmers prepared to sell themselves into slavery just to feed their families.Revolution was imminent, but the aristocrat Solon emerged as...

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STORIES OF MAGIC
From Byzantium to Europe

My lecture will have as its subject the matter of stories of magic in Byzantium, a matter which interests me greatly. My source material in this case will be the Life of St. Leo Catanis, which was the subject of...

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CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Historical cases in the Byzantine Empire

Objective: The aim of this article is the presentation and brief analysis of some historical cases, unknown in the broader medical bibliography, of child sexual abuse in Byzantine Society (324-1453 A.D.).      Method: The original texts of the Byzantine historians,...

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A HAPPY PROTECTORATE
Under the umbrella of the West

What is happening in Europe?Is the Euro threatened by the rise of the Leftists in Greece?Will Greece exit the Eurozone?How will Greece manage to pay its debts? Is The European Union on the wane? This essay attempts to answer all...

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THE SHIELD OF AJAX

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