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August's Article: The Greeks of Australia Special Feature: Toys in Ancient Greece - Part IV
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August's Recipe:
Aubergines Rice with Mint and Yoghurt

The philosophy of Greek cuisine condensed in a single dish which holds all summer aromas. Instead of rice you may equally use orzo pasta or cracked wheat.

Ingredients:
  • 2 aubergines
  • 1 large red Greek onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/3 tea cup of Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teacups of long grain rice, washed and drained
  • 4 tea cups of chicken or vegetables stock or water
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 200g Greek yoghurt
Preparation:

Prepare the aubergines. Remove the stem, cut them in cubes, wash them and place them in a bowl with salted water for 10 minutes. Then squeeze them so as not to absorb too much oil. In a wide casserole pan heat the oil and wilt the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes only. Add the aubergines, tomatoes, just enough water to cover the food and bring them to a boil for 10 minutes. Add the rice, season with salt and pepper, turn the heat down and simmer for 15 minutes with the lid half on. Add the herbs, give a good toss and seal the casserole first with a napkin and then with the lid so as to keep the rice fluffy. Remove aubergines rice from heat, let them cool off for 5 minutes and add the yoghurt. Mix well and serve immediately.

4 servings



Excerpts and Photography from:
Everyday Greek Cooking by Argiro Barbarigou

 
August's Article:
The Greeks of Australia

The Greeks of Australia

Many children became victims of their parents' unyielding desire to repatriate. In most cases, following a disastrous short sojourn in Greece and having exhausted their resources in ephemeral ventures, they returned to Australia to begin again. In the meantime, their children had lost their contact with Australian education, and with that, the importance for their daughters to marry a boy of their ethnic and religious background. The parents emphasized the advantages of marrying a spouse of the same language and the same faith, alerting their them for the rest of their lives with 'tin cans'. In agreement with the ancient Greek tragedy, daughters who deviated from the matrimonial norm would be often viewed as outcasts, until at least the arrival of the first grandchild. However, contrary to practices in the old country, the arranged marriage and the burden of dowry was never significant in Australia.

In Certain cases, the pressure exerted on Australian-born children of Greek immigrants by a society that was often intolerant of the new immigrants created tense relations between them and the Greek-born immigrants. The latter were trying to accept the concept that their offspring would become good Australian citizens with a Greek way of life. However, they also agonized about the preservation of the Hellenic identity, the loyalty to the Orthodox faith and Greek language not only by their children but also by their grandchildren and the consequent generations. A real attempt was made during the closing years of the twentieth century to enlist the second generation of Australian-Greeks into the community organizations. In most cases, however, the response was negligible. Few among those young who joined, remained to serve the community objectives. Most of them were engaged in conflicts with the serious members. The young members were critical and outspoken in their remarks about the senior membership, their mannerisms, their knowledge of English and their activities often ridiculing the nature of their assemblies and social functions. The senior members, in turn, regarded them as ungrateful.

The rise for the second and third generation of Australian Greeks to commercial, professional and intellectual prominence is part of the contemporary Australian success story. Lacking acquaintances and prominent connections within the broader Australian society, emerging from a humble and socially obscure immigrant environment, they climbed to influential positions via their determination and dedication. the will to succeed was imposed on them primarily by their Greek parents as a very early age. Hard work and assumption of responsibility were the values with which they were often admonished. Available statistical data attest that the proportion of Greek Australian youths entering positions of prestige in all professional disciplines is extremely high. It need only be noted that, of all ethnic groups, the percentage of tertiary students of Greek ancestry in Australia is the second highest (11.5 per cent) after that of students of Asian background. The professions of engineering, teaching, medicine and law were the most popular, while other professions began to appeal later on, especially in cinema, music and other arts, and in the media. Success in these disciplines would secure a dignified life, add prestige to the family and reflect credit upon parents whose children were professionally successful.
 
Article to be continued next month

 

Excerpts and Photography from
The Greeks in Australia
by Anastasios Tamis

  Special Feature: Toys in Ancient Greece
  Part IV - Dolls in Ancient Greece
Although dolls have been in existence since pre-historic times, it is often thought that they originated in Greece since they are dominating most archaeological toy discoveries. The most common name for dolls are Plagonas (πλαγγόνα) . Other names include kore or nevrospasta but these names mostly describe the types of dolls. Others are called Daidala, named after Daidalos who according to Mythology created a human like statue that was used for reconciliation between Zeus and Hera. This is also the first documented doll which does not have joints
[see figure 1].

Later evolutions of the ancient Greek doll appear with moving parts and referred to as modular plagonas or “nevrospasta”. Nevrospasta have free moving legs and sometimes arms that make them more human-like than the earlier versions found in Ancient Greece. Early dolls are made primarily from stone and the joints are tied with leather or twine. These dolls tend to be bulky and not so elegant. Nevrospasta construction uses cheaper and easier to fabricate material such as wood, bones, and clay and are far more detailed and elegant [see figure 2]. Doll makers are found anywhere from Aegina to the Black Sea and after Alexander the Great’s empire is established, all the way to India.

It is of no surprise that dolls in the Roman and Byzantine Empires follow the Plaggona construction techniques which are further improved in quality and detail. These dolls are even more human like and closer to today’s dolls. One such doll is on display at the Capitoline Museum and it believed to belong to the daughter of a wealthy Roman of Greek descent name Evodos Kreperius. This doll made of ivory, is considered the most detailed plagona and its precise joints allow for the first time accurate emulation of human movement [see figure 3].

Together with dolls in Ancient Greece one will also find a plethora of doll accessories. Most are scaled down versions of regular furniture (benches, tables), cooking pots and equipment, or grooming implements [see figure 4] matching the size of dolls from the period. These accessories were found often in children graves and religious sites. Interestingly a large number was discovered during recent excavations for the Athens Metro.

Article to be continued...


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Excerpt from:
Toys of the Ancient Greeks
by Chris D. Lazos


Greekshops.com's favorite Ancient Greek Toy Replicas:
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Ancient Greek Clay Horse toy replica, 4th Century BC, National Archaeologican museum of Athens
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Boeotian Terracota Doll 8th century BC Replica, Archaelogical Museum of Athens

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 Featured Destination: Cyclades - Naxos (part 10 of 22)


GEOGRAPHY
Naxos, in the midst of Mykonos, Amorgos and Paros, is not only the largest island in the Cyclades but also the most fertile. 428 sq. km. in area. 148 km. of coast, 103 nautical miles from Piraeus. There are car and passenger ferry links with Piraeus, as well as Paros, los and Santorini. Regular communications with Syros, Sikinos, Amorgos, Anaphi, Pholegandros and Herakleion (Crete) (less frequent during the winter). Car ferries from Rafina link the island with Paros, Syros, Tenos and Amorgos (infrequent). There is also a local boat service operating between Mykonos, los, Santorini, Siphnos and Seriphos and even with Amorgos, Schinousa, Herakleia, Kouphonisia and Donousa. Excursions by caique to Paros are also organized. The island's capital, Naxos (Chora) has a population of 14,037. Though a mountainous island (highest peak Za, 1004 m. a.s.l., the highest summit in the Cyclades), there are extensive tracts of flat land since the mountainous massifs are concentrated in the eastern and southern part of the island, which is also the most sparsely populated. In addition to its agricultural produce, Naxos has considerable mineral, wealth (marble, granite, emery). Its green landscape, numerous sandy beaches, picturesque villages and abundance of archaeological and historic monuments attract many visitors, particularly those to whom an enjoyable vacation includes hikes and rambles. Whereas tourist facilities are good in Chora, they are somewhat rudimentary in the hinterland, as is the road network.

HISTORYY Tradition relates that Naxos was first settled by Thracians, bringing with them their cult of Dionysos. They were succeeded by Karians and Ionians. From the plethora and wealth of finds from excavations (Grotta), Naxos was evidently the centre of the Cycladic civilization (3200 -2100 BC), it was inhabited in Mycenaean times (Aplomata) and during the period of Ionian colonization (circa 1000 BC) it experienced yet another floruit, culminating in the 7th and 6th century BC. It fought against the Persians in the Persian Wars, became a member of the Athenian League and subsequently passed to the Macedonians, Egyptian Ptolemies, Rhodians and, finally, the Romans. Raids by pirates were so frequent in Byzantine times that the inhabitants withdrew to its interior for protection and built reconnaissance towers from which they repelled the attackers. In 1207 Marcos Sanudos captured the island, establishing it as seat of the Duchy of Naxos and the Archipelago. In 1537 it was laid waste by Barbarossa, from 1566-67 it belonged to Joseph Naze and, eventually, capitulated to the Turks. It was liberated along with the rest of the Cyclades.

SIGHTS-MONUMENTSS Chora, the main town, is built on the west side of the island and is one of the most beautiful Cycladic towns, including monuments from all eras. On a tiny islet at the entrance to the harbor stands a large gateway (pyle) known as "Portara", which belonged to the incomplete Archaic temple of Apollo (6th century BC), purported to be Ariadne's palace in popular tradition. In Byzantine times a three-aisled basilica was erected here, which was destroyed by Turkish invaders in 1344 and was never rebuilt. The dominant feature of Chora, with its steep streets and old houses (sometimes three-storied), is the Venetian castle, built in 1207 by Marcos Sanudos. The Catholic burghers lived inside the castle, whereas the Orthodox Greeks lived outside in Bourgos. There was also a Jewish quarter. Sections of the outer bailey of the Venetian castle are preserved, three gateways and seven towers. Within its confines there is an Ursuline convent, a Capuchin monastery, the Archaeological Museum (with important finds of the Cycladic period, sculptures and kouroi), the Byzantine and Fold Museum in a restored tower and, in the centre, the Catholic cathedral with the insignia of the Frankish families of the island above its entrance. Newarby is the nowadays ruined palace of the Sanudo family with their coat of arms. In addition to the old mansions in Chora, there are many notable Byzantine and Postbyzantine churches; the cathedral (Metropolis, 18th century), Virgin Chrysopolitissa (one of the oldest on the island), Prophet Elijah (with two important icons by the 16th century hagiographer Angelos). At Grotta: St. George (circa 1200) and close to Palatia St. Anthony of the Catholics (15th century). Excvations at Grotta have brought to light an installation from the early phase of the Cycladic civilization with a wealth of finds, as at Aplomata (where there was continuous occupation right into the Geometric period - 8th century BC and there are even finds of 4th century date). This evidence, in conjunction with finds from elsewhere on the island, indicates that Naxos was one of the centers of the Cycladic civilization. 3 km. from Chora is the monastery of St. John Chrysostom. Chora is a good base for visiting other villages on the island, seeing its lovely countryside, Venetian towers and churches. At Angidia (2 km form Chora) there are remnants of an Archaic sanctuary and the twin (Catholic and Orthodox) church of St. Artemios. The Venetian tower of Belonia at Calanado was the summer retreat of the Catholic Bishop in days gone by. Further south is the monastery of the Holy Cross, also known as Bazaios tower. This area, called Tragaia in antiquity, is one of the most fertile on the island, dotted with charming houses, churches and towers. At Chalki (Chalkeion( ther eare the important churches of the Virgin Prorothroni (10th/12th century), St. George Diasoritis (11th century), with significant wall-paintings and, to the east, the Venetian tower of the Barozzi, property of the Gratsias family. Other noteworthy churches are the Virgin Damniotissa (at Kaloxylo) and St. Nicholas at Akadimoi, where the Makropolitis tower also stands. At Moni (4 km. northeast of Chalki) stands the Byzantine church of the Virgin Drosiani (6th century), the oldest on the island. North of Chalki are the churches of St. Isidoros, the Virgin Rachidiotissa and the ruins of the Catholic monastery of St. Francis. West of Chalki are the ruins of the Venetian Ano Kastro (upper castle) (circa 1250). There are ruined Venetian towers at Potamia, as well as the church of St. Mamas (9th Century). The road from Chalki leads to the village of Filoti with its church of the Virgin (Dormition). On one of the peaks of mount Za, southwest of Filoti, is the Za cave or cave of the Bacchae, an ancient cult centre where, legend has it, Zeus was born. 7 km. east of Filoti is the village of Danakos and 4.5 km. northeast is the lovely village of Apeirathos with its markedly Venetian aspect in the architecture of the houses and the towers of the Sommaripa, Crispo and SfortzaKastri. In the local museum there is a significant collection of finds from the area, mainly of the Early Cycladic period. A short distance from the village are the churches of the Theologian (14th century), St. Kyriaki (9th century) and the Virgin (13th century).

There are equally charming villages to the southwest of Chora, with windmills and places of interest. At Glinado there is the church of St. George, while west of Tripodes is the church of St. Matthew and the ruined tower (Palaiopyrgos) of Plaka. Further south, near the coast, is Polichni, where there are traces of a prehistoric installation, as well as of a Venetian tower. The towers of Sammaripa, Della Rocca, Palaiologos and Barozzi at Sangri, the Byzantine churches of the Sts. Anargyroi, St. John on the site of the ancient sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone, St. Eleftherios, the Virgin Kaloritissa in the east and St. Nicholas in the south (10th/13th century), the Virgin Arkouliotissa and Sts. Akindynos and George all merit attention. South of Sangri is the ruined medieval Apalyros castle. Southeast is the impressive Cheimarros tower, which can be reached from Filoti. At Korfari ton Amygdalion in the gulf of Panormos, on the southeast coast, remnants of a fortified prehistoric settlement (2400-2300 BC) have been found.

In the village of Galini on the east side of the island, between Chora and Engares, is the Ypsili monastery, a fortified tower built by lakovos Kokkos in 1600. There is a preserved Venetian tower at Kourounochori, from where the road leads south to Kinidaros, where there was a temple of Artemis. North of the village, at Florio, there is a half-finished Archaic kouros (6th century BC). One reaches the northeast side of the island via the road from Apeirathos, visiting the villages of Koronos, Skado, Komiaki and Apollonas, where there is a colossal, unfinished statue of a kouros in the form of Apollo (7th century BC) "in situ" on the ground. At Kalogeros, even further south, there is a ruined medieval fortress.

The best beaches are on the west side of the island: Aghios Prokopis, Mikri Vigla, Kastraki, Alykos, Pyrgaki, Ayassos with fine golden sand. Those on the east side Apollonas, Psili Ammos and Panormos and in the north Pachela Ammos, Chilia Vrysi and Abrami, only accessible by private car or boat, are suitable for swimming and fishing. There are buses from Chora to all the beaches; the road to Panormos is unmetalled. Accommodation is available in several hotels, pensions, rented rooms and apartments. If one has a boat there are any number of small coves to discover. In the island's interior it is also possible to shoot birds and small game (northeast and southwest side) in season.

Next month: The Islands of the Cyclades - Andros, Part 11 of 22


 August 2011 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  1
The Holy Seven Maccabees, Eleazar the Martyr

Procession of the Precious Cross

Timothy the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Priconissus

2
Translation of the Relics of Stephen the Protomartyr

Holy Glorious New Martyr Theodore of Dardanelles

Phocas the Martyr
3
8th Wednesday after Pentecost

Isaacius, Dalmatus, & Faustus, Ascetics of the Dalmation Monastery

Salome the Holy Myrrhbearer
4
8th Thursday after Pentecost

Seven Holy Youths of Ephesus
5
Eusygnius the Martyr of Antioch

Forefeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Our Righteous Father Eugene of Aitola
6
Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
7
8th Sunday of Matthew

Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Dometios the Martyr of Persia & 2 Disciples
8
9th Monday after Pentecost

Emilian the Confessor & Bishop of Cyzikos

Our Holy Father Myronus the Wonderworker, Bishop of Crete
9
9th Tuesday after Pentecost

Matthias, Apostle of the 70

Anthony the Martyr of Alexandria
10
9th Wednesday after Pentecost

Laurence the Holy Martyr & Archdeacon of Rome

Chitus of Athens, Bishop of Rome
11
9th Thursday after Pentecost

Euplus the Holy Martyr & Archdeacon of Cantania

Our Holy Father Niphonus, Patriarch of Constantinople
12
9th Friday after Pentecost

Photios & Aniketos the Martyrs of Nicomedea

Soldier-martyrs of Crete
13
9th Saturday after Pentecost

Apodosis of the Transfiguration

Maximos the Confessor
14
9th Sunday of Matthew

Forefeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

Micah the Prophet
15
The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary
16
Translation of the Image of Our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ

Diomedes the Physician & Martyr of Tarsus

Timothy of Euripus, founder of the Monastery of Pentele
17
10th Wednesday after Pentecost

Myron the Martyr of Cyzicus

Straton, Philip, Eutychian, & Cyprian the Martyrs of Nicomedea
18
10th Thursday after Pentecost

Floros & Lauros the Monk-martyrs of Illyria

John & George, Patriarchs of Constantinople
19
10th Friday after Pentecost

Andrew the General & Martyr & his 2,593 soldiers

Holy Martyrs Timothy, Agapius and Thecla
20
10th Saturday after Pentecost

Samuel the Prophet

Holy Martyr Luke of Bouleutos
21
10th Sunday of Matthew

Thaddeus the Apostle of the 70

Bassa the Martyr of Edessa & her sons Theogonius, Agapius & Pistus
22
11th Monday after Pentecost

Agathonikos the Martyr of Nicomedea & his Companion Martyrs

Holy Martyr Anthuse
23
Apodosis of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

Our Holy Father Ireneaus, Bishop of Lyons

Our Holy Father Kallinikos, Patriarch of Constantinople
24
11th Wednesday after Pentecost

Eutyches the Hieromartyr & Disciple of St. John the Theologian

Kosmas the New Hieromartyr & Equal-to-the Apostles of Aetolia
25
Return of the Body of Bartholomew the Glorious Apostle

Titus the Apostle of the 70

Bishop Gortyne of Crete, Disciple of the Holy Apostle Paul
26
Adrian & Natalia the Martyrs & their Companion Martyrs in Nicomedea

Our Righteous Father Joseph
27
11th Saturday after Pentecost

Poimen the Great

Phanourios the Great Martyr & Newly Appeared of Rhodes
28
11th Sunday of Matthew

Moses the Black of Scete

Diomedes & Laurence the Martyrs
29
Beheading of the Venerable Head of the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

Theodora of Thessaloniki

Anastasios the New Martyr of Bulgaria
30
12th Tuesday after Pentecost

Apodosis of the Feast of the Forerunner

Alexander, John & Paul, New Patriarchs of Constantinople
31
The Placing of the Honorable Sash of the Most Holy Theotokos

Cyprian the Hieromartyr & Bishop of Carthage

Gennadius Scholarus, Patriarch of Constantinople
     

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