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July's Article: The Greeks of Australia Special Feature: Toys in Ancient Greece - Part III
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July's Recipe:
Beef Stew with Mashed Aubergines

Beef stew that melts in your mouth, topped with velvety aubergines sauce! This is what you are looking for when you want to impress your family, friends, everybody, with your culinary skills.

Ingredients:
  • 1.200g beef
  • 1/4 tea cup of Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 red Greek onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 400g concasse tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tea cup of red wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3-4 allspice
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 4-5 sprigs of parsley
  • 4 sticks of celery
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


  • FOR THE MASHED AUBERGINES
  • 6 large aubergines
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 heaped tbsp flour
  • 500g fresh lukewarm milk
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 small onion
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
Preparation:

Dice the meat in bite-size pieces. Warm the olive oil in a casserole pan and brown the pieces of meat on all sides. Add the finely chopped onion and the whole garlic cloves and leave for 5-6 minutes to wilt. Using a spoon spread the tomato paste in the bottom of the casserole. Add the wine and wait for the alcohol to evaporate. Add the bay leaf, spices, sugar, parsley, celery and finely chopped tomatoes. Pour in very little water and simmer for 1 h and 30 minutes until the meat melts in the mouth and the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper towards the end of cooking time.

Prepare the aubergines. Rinse and dry them well. Roast them in the oven at 250° C for about 25-30 minutes until they are softened and tinged brown. Leave for a while to cool off, score them, remove their flesh and put them in a bowl. Mash their flesh with a fork or in the food processor. Cut onion in half. Stick the cloves in one half and put it in a saucepan along with the milk over medium heat. Warm the milk. Chop finely the remaining half onion. Melt butter in a casserole and toss the chopped onion in for 5 minutes to wilt. Sprinkle with the flour and whisk briskly for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Discard flavourings and add milk gradually, while whisking, until you get a smooth texture. Put back on the heat, season and leave for 5-6 minutes until sauce thickens. When done, remove from heat, add the mashed aubergines and mix everything well.

Place the mashed aubergines in a plate and top them with the meat and plenty of sauce.

6 servings



Excerpts and Photography from:
Everyday Greek Cooking by Argiro Barbarigou

 
July's Article:
The Greeks of Australia

The Greeks of Australia

The pioneer migrants remained traditionalists in their national sentiment, identity and culture, confining their struggle mostly to the preservation of the Greek faith and language. Their children favoured integration and were ready to compromise, asking the elder immigrant traditionalists, headed by the ecclesiastical authorities and the affluent families of those who had migrated there before World War II, maintained the view that their links with the old country could be best maintained through the Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek school as they had been in the days of Ottoman rule. The conformists observed that their major concern was the operation of Australian institutions dealing with Australian issues, which would best serve them as Australians of Hellenic ancestry.

Until 1975, their self-sufficient communities remained socioeconomically insulated, relying on their intra-communal business resources and networks. Priority was given to the preservation of family and traditional values via the establishment of numerous Greek language schools, Orthodox Churches, brotherhoods and societies, including the male-only coffee houses. After World War II, Greek immigrants were well aware that their generation had to be sacrificed to secure the advancement of their children. The vision of professional success for their children, despite the hardships endured in the process of reaching it, was overpowering. The multiplicity of Greek language newspapers and radio stations generated a feeling of security in intra-community interactions, although very often some of their editors inspired controversies. By contrast, the conflict between the leaders of the Orthodox Church and the Communities generated confusion, dissension and the apparent lack of a coordinating authority to impose order.
During the last half of the twentieth century, Greek immigrants, following the years of struggle, consolidated their presence and managed to found their institutions for the social, religious and community life focusing on the maintenance of the Greek identity in Australia. The readiness with which the Greek Australians sprang to the defense of Greece during periods of national crisis and their inability to divorce themselves from the internal politics of the mother country demonstrate exactly this. Moreover, Greek Australians are people with strong political inclinations, ready to raise funds, to hold public meetings, to publish newspapers, to voice their opinion, to pass resolutions and to denounce each other with passion. Most of them (96 percent) became Australian citizens and during the 1960s entered the Australian political system establishing Greek-speaking branches for both major political parties. Offering support and assistance to their branches, they managed to set in place effective mechanisms for the pre-selection processes of their prospective political leaders. Their children, twenty years later, were elected to the parliaments of the country in large numbers, while they themselves had a major impact on electoral results.

For the members of the second generation of Greeks in Australia, the road to acceptance into an Australian society that treated foreigners with ignorance and prejudice was not easy. Born into families with strong tribal (regional) paternal and national links, the Australia-born children of the Greeks who had migrated after World War II grew up in a home and ethnic school environment that insisted on preserving the national identity, faith and language of their parents and on maintaining the torch of tradition of the old country. However, their daily contact with non-Greek institutions and friends was shaping an attitude of belonging to the society into which they were born. In addition , there were those discouraging teachers and individuals who wished them and all foreigners to conform to their own image of Australianism.

Family ties and family networks, including members of external families, even co-villagers, in a Greek family are very close. The gather outlined the family core values and the ancestral tradition and the children were expected to fully uphold them. During the first years of settlement children accompanied their parents as interpreters and assistants, performed certain household duties, looked after their younger siblings while both parents were in shift work and consistently attended afternoon classes in the local Greek community school. Almost every Australian-born child of Greek ancestry was exposed to admonishing parental counseling to endure hard work, take advantage of the opportunities denied to their parents, make a successful career and care for their elders. Most children were exposed to this kind of family and cultural discipline, growing in isolation at least until the first years of their adolescence. It was only then that they would commence to question the strict observance of the customs, the attendance at Greek school and the Orthodox church, and to complain about the fact that their restricted independence and freedom was so different from those of their Australian fellow students and friends. Many Australian-born children became rebellious against the attitude of their parents to restrict their recreational activities, to prohibit dating among teenagers, to refuse entertainment on the pretext that there are other more serious matters in life and that amusement will come later on following a successful career.
 
Article to be continued next month

 

Excerpts and Photography from
The Greeks in Australia
by Anastasios Tamis

  Special Feature: Toys in Ancient Greece
  Part III - Ephedrismos, Krikilasia, Maskinda, Pentalitha, and Stromvos
Plato once commented of the creativity of children in finding new ways to play. One of those inventions was "Ephedrismos" the first documented game of piggyback [see figure 1]. The game was part of a winner’s ceremony in another game. The winner was carried on the back of another player and was treated to a victory lap. The documentation of this game on statuettes and vase paintings provides not only game demonstrations but also insight on the games between boys and girls. Apparently in early age boys and girls are playing this game together but at a later age we see teenage boys carrying only other boys.

Another very popular game in Ancient Greece was "krikilasia" also referred to as "trohos" (wheel in Greek) since a wheel was the basic part of the game, or "krikos" (Greek for ring) because of variations including some rings to make noise. The game involved rolling a wooden hoop similarly to the modern day version of the game. The game was so popular that it is even mentioned by Roman poet Horateus as a game picked up by Romans from the Greeks [see figure 2]. Ancient Greek doctors are also documented in recommending this toy as an ideal exercising instrument for ancient Greek youth. In his work "Peri Dietis", Hippocrates recommend this game as a great exercise particularly for adult men.

An interesting game also played as part of exercising was "maskinda", what is known in modern day as "leap frog". In this game one child will bend over and hold his knees while another child will run and jump over him with legs open. Then the jumping player will stop ahead and get into the same bending position so that a third player can now jump over the two bending players. The game would progress so that all players alternate. Today this same game is still played by Greek children and called "makria gaidoura". [see figure 3]

An interesting and very entertaining game still played today is "pentalitha". In "πεντάλιθα" players used five small, smooth stones, five knucklebones or five small and flat pieces of shell. Holding the stones inside his palm, the player threw them in the air and at the same time, while these started falling, he turned his palm downwards trying to catch the stones with the back of his palm and make them stay there. This rarely happened, and there were always stones that fell to the ground. In that case the player had to try, with his free hand, to pick up the rest, without making any of the ones that were balancing on his other hand fall. If he managed to pick up all the stones, then he would win, but if during his attempt one of them fell, he would lose. This game was very popular not only in Ancient Greece, but also Rome and later Byzantium.

Similarly to the pentalitha, another very common game still played today is the "stomvos" (or in modern Greek "svoura") which is known in English as the spinning top. These tops came in several variations which where in one of three categories: one shaped like a pine cone with grooves to wrap a string around it, a ceramic disc shaped top with slots around its circumference, or a wooden disc shaped top which had a whole on the top which was used to insert a wooden stick to use for spinning (the more conventional modern spinning top). Use Figure 71 from book. The oldest reference of this toy is found in the Iliad (XIV 413) where Homer pictures the movement of a stone thrown by Ajax son of Telamon as "..reeling like a top staggering to its last turnings..", and it is probably the most common toy found in archaeological sites around Greece. [see figure 4]

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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 Featured Destination: Cyclades - Paros-Antiparos (part 9 of 22)


GEOGRAPHY The third largest island in the Cyclades (after Naxos and Andros), Paros is 195 sq. km. in area, has 118 km. of coast and is 95 nautical miles from Piraeus. There are daily car and passenger ferries from Piraeus and a link with Rafina (daily during the summer, three times a week in winter). There is also a connection with Syros, Naxos, los and Santorini. In the summertime there are links with the Lesser Cyclades, Amorgos, Anaphi, Sikinos, Pholegandros, the Dodecanese and Herakleion in Crete. One route also goes to Samos and Ikaria. There are local services to Naxos, los, Santorini, Mykonos and Siphnos, as well as frequent sailings to and from Antiparos each day. There are daily flights from Athens and in the summer an air link with Rhodes and Herakleion (not very frequent). The island's capital is Paros (Paroikia) with a population of 7,881.

Because the mountainous masses are concentrated in the centre and southeastern part of the island (highest peak Profitis Ilias, 771 m. a.s.l.), there are several flat areas for cultivation and the beaches are easy to reach. There are two natural gulfs, Naoussa in the north and Paroikia on the west side. The mild climate, sandy beaches, picturesque villages with their attractive Cycladic architecture, lovely countryside and well-appointed tourist facilities entice a large number of visitors, sometimes "swamping" the island. For those wanting to spend a cosmopolitan vacation Paros is perfect, while for those seeking solitude and serenity there are still many parts of the island of great natural beauty and "far from the madding crowd" of tourists.

HISTORY Paros has been inhabited since prehistoric times when the Early Cycladic civilization attained its apogee (3200 - 2100 BC). There was a Late Bronze Age installation on the summit of the hill at Paroikia and, as finds from here indicate, the island was also in contact with Mainland Greece. There followed a period of desolation and the island was resettled at the end of the Mycenaean age, though only sparsely. Minoans, Arcadians, Achaeans all settled on Paros and in around 1000 BC it was colonized by Ionians. In historical times, from the 8th century BC until the Persian Wars, the island experienced a sustained floruit; it was engaged in trading transactions with Miletus in Asia Minor and founded a colony on Thassos. This major acme was due to the quarrying of marble, used in the construction of many ancient temples and the creation of numerous works of art. During the 6th and 5th century BC there was a school of sculpting on Paros (Skopas, Agorakritos) and art and letters flourished. Paros was the home of the 7th century lyric poet Archilochos. The island sided with the Medes during the Persian Wars but later became a member of the Athenian League. It subsequently belonged to the Macedonians and then the Romans. Little is known of its course in the Byzantine period except for snippets of information on piratical raids. In 1207 it was captured by the Venetians and ceded to the Duchy of Naxos until 1389. It was then governed by a succession of families (Crispi, Sommaripa) until it was pillaged by Barbarossa in 1537 and subjugated by the Turks. Between 1770 and 1774 it was the headquarters of the Russian fleet under Orloff and it played an active role in the 1821 Revolution.

SIGHTS-MONUMENTS Paroikia, the island's capital, lies on the west coast and is also its main port. It occupies the same site as the ancient city and its oldest quarter, more or less at the centre of the town, is clustered around the hill of Kastro on the southwest side of the harbour. It is a typical Cycladic town with paved streets, archways ("volts"), dazzling white two-storey houses interspersed with churches and windmills. A road leads from the harbour to the market place ("agora"), at the heart of the town, where all manner of wares may be purchased. The castle or Kastro stands on the highest point of the town, southwest of the harbour. It was built on the site of the ancient acropolis and much of the building material comes from ancient buildings, since column drums and fragments of marble are nowadays visible in the restored sector of the castle. Excavations conducted here have brought to light the ruins of an Archaic temple of Demeter (adjacent to the present church of St. Constantine). There are very few extant remains of the Venetian castle on the east and southeast flank (parts of the wall and a tower). The Byzantine church of St. Constantine is outstanding not only on account of its unique architecture but because of its gilded wood carved iconostasis. In various parts of the town there are handsome mansions belonging to eminent island families, some even with their coat of arms incorporated over the lintel. There are also many tiny churches with wood carved iconostases. However, the most important church of all is that of the Virgin Katapoliani (or Ekatontapyliani) on the northern outskirts of Paroikia. One of the oldest Early Christian basilica in Greece, it was founded, tradition relates, by either St. Helen or St. Constantine. In the course of the study and restoration of this monument it became apparent that this large church dedicated to the Virgin (feast day August 15th) was built at the end of the 4th century. To right and left are small side chapels and to the south a Baptistry. During the reign of Justinian (6th century) additions were made to the church and it thus acquired the form we see today. There is a Byzantine Museum in one of the buildings in its precinct. The modern building a short distance from the church is the Archaeological Museum, in which are housed finds from the Neolithic to the Roman era. Noteworthy exhibits include vases, sculptures (Skopas' Nike) and a section of the Parian Chronicle (dated to Hellenistic times), found in 1627 built into the enceinte of the castle, on which events in the island's history from 2000 - 264/63 BC are recorded in chronological order. Ancient sanctuaries have been discovered at Delion (sanctuary of Apollo) to the north of the bay, near the cave of Archilochos, on the Kounados hill (sanctuary of Aphrodite and Eileithyia) on the northwest side of the town, while in the southwest are ruins of an Asklepieion.

10 km. northeast of Paroikia is the gulf of Naoussa, the largest on the island. On the way to Naoussa, about 1 km. outside Paroikia, in the locality known as Treis Ekklesies, there are vestiges of an Early Christian basilica and three Byzantine churches, further on is the Longovardas monastery (6 km. from Paroikia), founded in 1638, which has a significant library and icon-painting atelier. Naoussa, with its pristine white houses, Postbyzantine churches (St. Athanasios, St. John the Theologian, the Savior etc.), its monastery (St. George) and the little harbour with the Venetian castle is one of the most beautiful parts of Paros. From here one can visit the villages on the east and south side of the island (there is another road from Paroikia to these villages) Marmara, Marpissa, with its ruined Venetian castle on top of Kefalos hill and the monastery of St. Anthony, Piso Livadi and Drios, Kostos and Lefkes, with its 17th century church of the Holy Trinity. A short way beyond Lefkes is the convent of Thapsana with its miraculous icon of the Virgin Myrtidiotissa. In the locality of Marathi (4 km. from Paroikia) there is an ancient marble quarry. 6 km. from Paroikia is the region of Psychopiana with its verdant vegetation, running water and myriads of butterflies. Not far off is the nunnery of Christ of the Wood (tou Dasous), repository of the shroud of St. Arsenios. This is a convenient place for visiting villages on the south side of the island (Alyki, Angairia, where the airport is located), or to proceed to Pounta from where boats leave for Antiparos. Paros has a large number of beaches, ideal for swimming, fishing and sea sports. At Paroikia: Livadia, Krios, Aghios Phokas; at Naoussa (west side): Mikro and Megalo Piperi, Limnes and Kolymbithres, with its spectacular rock formations, reminiscent of sculptures; on the east side: Aghioi Anargyroi, Xifara, Langeri, Alyki, Santa Maria, Ambelas. All are easily accessible on foot or by bus and car, as well as by small craft which make regular trips, leaving from Paroikia for Krios and Livadia, and from Naoussa for Kolymbithres, Langeri, Santa Maria. There are stretches of sand at Logaras, Piso Livadi, Drios and Alyki. Those with a boat may investigate other beaches, as well as the offshore islets. Refueling stations at Paroikia and Naoussa. Paros has numerous hotels, pensions, furnished apartments and rooms available for a pleasant stay.

Next month: The Islands of the Cyclades - Naxos, Part 10 of 22


 July 2011 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
          1
Cosmas & Damian the Holy Unmercenaries

Constantine the New Martyr of Cyprus

Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain
2
Deposition of the Precious Robe of the Theotokos in Vlachernae

St. Juvenal, Patriarch of Jerusalem

Juvenal the Protomartyr of America & Alaska
3
3rd Sunday of Matthew

Hyacinth the Martyr of Caesarea & Theodotos and Theodota the Martyrs

Anatolios, Patriarch of Constantinople
4
4th Monday after Pentecost

Andrew of Crete Author of the Great Canon

St. Martha, mother of St. Symeon Stylites the Younger
5
Athanasios of Mount Athos

Righteous Father Lampadus the Wonderworker

Kyprianos the New Martyr of Koutloumousiou Monastery
6
4th Wednesday after Pentecost

Sisoes the Great

Holy Apostles Archippus, Philemon and Onesimus
7
Kyriaki the Great Martyr

Thomas the Righteous of Malea

Akakios of Sinai
8
Prokopios the Great Martyr & his mother Theodosia the Martyr

Theophilios the Myrrhbearer of Pantokrator Monastery

Appearance of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of Kazan
9
4th Saturday after Pentecost

Pancratios, Bishop of Sicily

Dionysios the Orator
10
4th Sunday of Matthew

45 Holy Martyrs of Nikopolis, Armenia

Our Holy Father Gregory, Bishop of Assa
11
Euphemia the Great Martyr

The All-Praised Olga, Equal-to-the-Apostles, Princess of Kiev

Nektarios the New Martyr
12
5th Tuesday after Pentecost

Proklos & Hilarios the Martyrs of Ancyra

Our Holy Father Michael of Maleinus
13
5th Wednesday after Pentecost

Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel

Stephanos of Saint Savvas Monastery
14
Aquila the Apostle among the 70

Our Holy Father Joseph the Confessor, Archbishop of Thessalonica

Nicodemus the Righteous of Mount Athos
15
Julitta & Kyrikos the Martyrs

Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles of Kiev

The Finding of the Head of St. Matrona of Chios
16
5th Saturday after Pentecost

Athenogenes the Holy Martyr of Heracleopolis

Julia the Virgin-martyr of Carthage
17
Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Marina the Great Martyr of Antioch

Veronika & Speratos the Martyrs
18
6th Monday after Pentecost

Emilianos of Bulgaria

Holy Martyrs Paul, Thea and Oualentine
19
6th Tuesday after Pentecost

Macrina the Righteous, sister of St. Basil

Dios, Abbot of Antioch
20
Elijah the Prophet
21
6th Thursday after Pentecost

Symeon the Fool for Christ

Parthenios, Bishop of Arta
22
Mary Magdalene, Myrrhbearer & Equal-to-the-Apostles

Markella, the Virgin-martyr of Chios
23
6th Saturday after Pentecost

Phocas the Holy Martyr, Bishop of Sinope

Ezekiel the Prophet
24
6th Sunday of Matthew

Christina the Great Martyr of Tyre

Athenagorus the Apologist
25
Dormition of St. Anna, mother of the Theotokos

Olympias the Deaconess

Eupraxia & Julia the Righteous of Tabenna
26
Paraskevi the Righteous Martyr of Rome

Hermolaos the Holy Martyr & his Companions

St. Prisca, the Righteous Martyr
27
Panteleimon the Great Marytr & Healer

St. Nicholas of Novgorod, the fool-for-Christ

Anthoussa the Righteous Confessor
28
7th Thursday after Pentecost

Prochoros, Nicanor, Timon, & Parmenas the Apostles of the 70

Irene the Righteous of Chrysovalantou
29
7th Friday after Pentecost

Kallinikos the Martyr of Asia Minor

Holy Virgin Martyr Theodota
30
7th Saturday after Pentecost

Silas & Silvanos the Apostles of the 70

St. Julitta of Caesaria
31
7th Sunday of Matthew

Forefeast of the Precious Cross

Joseph the Righteous of Arimathea
           


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