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June's Article: The Greeks of Australia Special Feature: Toys in Ancient Greece - Part II
What's New: London 2012 Olympic Pins, Sterling Silver Jewelry & Mirror Charms, Costume Jewelry, Apparel, Shirts, Hats & Canvas Bags, Children's Books & DVDs in Greek, Greek DVDs, Greek Music, Books in Greek & English, Greek Foods & Beauty Care Latest Arrivals: 2012 Greek Island Calendars, Vintage Greek City Photo & Advertisement Posters
Featured Destination: Cyclades - Syros June's Recipe: Sarmades (Wrapped Meat Balls) with Yoghurt Sauce
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June's Recipe:
Sarmades (Wrapped Meat Balls) with Yoghurt Sauce

An amazing recipe where the cool taste of yoghurt steals the show. The tomato blends beautifully and gives this variation a unique taste.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cabbage, large and soft
  • 1 kg of minced beef or beef and lamb mixed
  • 2 red Greek onions, thinly sliced
  • 4-5 spring onions with the green parts finely chopped
  • 2 grated tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tea cup of Carolina rice
  • 1/2 bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 a bunch of dill, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tea cup of Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


  • FOR THE BAKING PAN
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tea cup of Greek extra virgin olive oil


  • FOR THE YOGHURT SAUCE
  • 500g Greek yoghurt
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tea cup of liquid from the pan
Preparation:

Steam the cabbage for about 10 minutes and leave to cool off. Put the minced meat, onions, spring onions, tomatoes, rice, herbs, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and the pepper in a bowl and mix them with your hands very well. Take one cabbage leaf, remove the hard parts and place in a deep baking pan. Repeat until the bottom of the pan is covered. Top with the onion slices and the tomatoes. Take a new cabbage leaf, place 1 tablespoon of the mix in the middle and wrap the leaf around. Put the sarmades one next to the other in the pan. Sprinkle with olive oil and add just enough water to cover. Cover the pan with baking and tin foil and seal it well around the edges. Bake in a preheated oven to 200 degree C for approximately 50 minutes. remove the tin foil and continue baking for another 10 minutes. Remove the tin foil and continue baking for another 10 minutes. Prepare the yoghurt sauce. Mix all the ingredients together and pour over the sarmades when served.

10 servings



Excerpts and Photography from:
Everyday Greek Cooking by Argiro Barbarigou




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June's Article:
The Greeks of Australia

The Greeks of Australia

Focusing on the importance of Community cohesion, the Greek Press called on Community leaders to take responsibility for the organization of an all-Community conference for the establishment of cooperation among the Communities to deal with the problems facing the new settlers. However, reluctant Greek leaders, despite being conscious of the need for reform and restructure of the Communities, failed to respond. The severe demographic changes affecting Greek Communities because of the sharp rise in migration figures - mainly due to the removal of martial law in Greece (21 December 1949) and to the bilateral migration agreement of 1952 between Australia and Greece - found the leaders completely unprepared. the massive inflow of Greek migrants made the need for upgrading the services provided to them imperative. In contrast to their compatriots of the pre-war era, the new migrants were coming to Australia for permanent settlement. Their inspiration and practice was to graft the social and cultural life of Greece on to the new environment. The perpetuation of the Greek language and heritage was a prime concern, while loyalty to Orthodoxy was undertaken with a missionary zeal.

A large number of unprotected girls and young men from Greece immigrated in a period of high unemployment to a community known for the adverse relations between its old and new members. the ideological polarization was tense amongst the settlers, as a consequence of the Greek Civil War (1946-9) and caused serious upheavals. The tyranny of distance, the insecurity and the difficulties in communication with Greece created serious social problems, including bigamy, abandonment of families, even suicides among young migrants. After 1958, a number of unprotected women, in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney were subjected to exploitation, frequently by their own kinsmen. certain compatriots acting as employment agents also exploited some labourers. they charged commission fees and bribes to secure the job awaiting the individual, often in violation of the labour laws of Australia. Gambling in various forms, particularly betting on horse races, had been a problem for the Greek Community as far back as the pre-war era and it continued to flourish in the new era, despite campaigns by the organized Greek Community to counter it.

In mid-1960 severe unemployment hit Melbourne, Newcastle, Adelaide and other industrial centres of the continent. By the end of 1961 thousands of newly arrived Greeks found themselves in a desperate situation, destitute and unemployed. Despite promises given, the inability of the officers of the Department of Immigration to offer them work led to intense feelings of disappointment and helplessness among the new migrants. In the packed migrant camps at Bonegilla, Canberra and Fisherman's Bend in Melbourne, hundreds of Greek immigrants endured the uncertainty of a nebulous future. Many were lucky to obtain seasonal work as construction workers, railroad workers, porters and unskilled workers in smelters, often suffering crippling injuries. Some were compelled to work for a couple of weeks in the market garden fields of their compatriots in Werribee, Gulham, or Wanneroo; however, forcing them to the fields was asking them to revert to a type of life they had already rejected.

At Bonegilla, in a former military camp near the village about 400 kilometers north-east of Melbourne, the living conditions did not reflect the immigration brochures or promises given by recruiting Immigration Department officials in Athens and Thessaloniki. The rules and conditions, which kept married couples separated during the day, and the realization of the 'lost paradise' led to an uprising of the migrants who set fire to the wooded sheds (1961 and 1962). The police arrested some people, mainly Italians and Maltese, who were later freed after a public outcry. In 1961, the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne, as well as those of Sydney and Adelaide reacted with massive meetings organized by the Pan Hellenic Committee in support of the unemployed, demanding a stop to the legal persecution of the helpless migrants who were accused of initiating the uprising Greek soccer teams and wrestlers were called on to stage games, acting groups to give performances of plays and businessmen to contribute money so an unemployment benefit could be given to the suffering new migrants. The amount of the benefit was set at two pounds for married couples and one pound for singles.

The insecurity in employment, the apprehension of being in a new environment and the rarity of social functions due largely to the low number of women in the communities, pushed young men to controversial Greek social clubs which were popular even before World War II. There was a huge increase in the number of kafeneia (coffeehouses) and gambling houses. Most of them were in the inner suburbs of Australian capital cities where the majority of the newly arrived migrants resided in order to be in close proximity to their factories and the marketplaces. Many turned to the Greek centres and clubs so that they could meet other Greeks. There, many of them fell in to the traps of dice and card playing.

Article to be continued next month

 

Excerpts and Photography from
The Greeks in Australia
by Anastasios Tamis

  Special Feature: Toys in Ancient Greece
  Part II
Ancient Greeks believed that sports are an important factor in one's life. Consequently they believed that children should learn sports through games played during their childhood. The purpose of those games was to teach children and teenagers rivalry and healthy competition. Some games since most sports were reserved for boys or men also aimed at teaching teenagers the use of various types of weapons.
Some of those games included:

- Akinitinda : a game in which the player competes against other in how long they can stand on one foot

- Dielkustinda : where children were separated in two groups of two each pulling the end of a rope trying to pull the opposite group to their side. This is what nowadays is referred as "tug of war" A similar version using a plank with a hole for the rope, was later documented as skaperda

- Episkyros : An early version of shot put

- Pali: The predecessor of Greco-Roman wrestling

- Pygmahia : What is today boxing [see figure 1]

Other games in ancient Greece were associated with religious ceremonies. For example the aiora what is today known as a swing, was developed as part of the "Aiora" celebration dedicated to Erigone and Ikarius. According to a Greek myth, Icarus invited Dionysus to Icaria and to repay him for the great hospitality, Dionysus taught  Icarius how to make wine. Icarius wanting to share this new treasure with others gave wine to some Athenian peasants who got drunk. Thinking that Icarius was trying to poison them, the Athenian peasants killed him. When his daughter Erigone discovered his body, she was so devastated that she cursed the daughters of all Athenians to die the same way and then hang herself from a tree. The curse caused all the Athenian Virgins  to start committing suicide by hanging from tree branches. When the Athenias asked the Oracle for a response concerning this, they were told to institute a festival day in honor of Icarius and Erigone, which they named "Aiora".  During this festival, the Athenia Virgins would hang little dolls made from wax or clay from the trees. These dolls were called plaggones and they represented the hanged Virgins from the Myth. These hanging swinging dolls gave birth to the basic children's swing, a set of ropes hanging from a tree branch and a piece of plank attached to the ends of each rope. [see figure 2]

Ancient Greeks were very creative in creating games and toys for their children. They sometimes were elaborate replicas of real objects such as small chariots [see figure 3] but other times were very simple like astragala which were a particular bone fragment vertebra. [see figure 4] The game played with astragala was called astragalismos and although no formal explanation of the rules is found, it is believed to have been an early version of dice with a point system designed around the different sides of the vertebra. It is believed that these bones were used also as a part of other games as the pentalitha, artiasmos, omilla, and other future gambling games.  Another common game documented first in ancient Greece is crifto , the first instance of "hide and seek" and referred to as apodidraskinda (from the verb for escape: apodidrasko).  Amazingly this game is still being played and so is the yoyo which is first documented on an Athenian Kylix dated back to 440 BC. [see figure 5]



To browse our Ancient Greek Toy Replica Collection click here.

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


Greekshops.com's favorite Ancient Greek sports themed collectibles:
Ancient Greece Olympic Athletes Tshirt Style D20

Ancient Greece Olympic Athletes Tshirt Style D20
Greco-Roman Wrestling Silver Engraving Wall Decoration

Greco-Roman Wrestling Silver Engraving Wall Decoration
Boxing Silver Engraving Wall Decoration

Boxing Silver Engraving Wall Decoration
Javelin Thrower Silver Engraving Wall Decoration

Javelin Thrower Silver Engraving Wall Decoration
Discus Thrower Silver Engraving Wall Decoration

Discus Thrower Silver Engraving Wall Decoration
Ancient Greek Field Hockey Relief

Ancient Greek Field Hockey Relief
Ancient Greek Wrestling Relief

Ancient Greek Wrestling Relief
Athens 2004 Javelin Vase Shard Pin

Athens 2004 Javelin Vase Shard Pin
Athens 2004 Wrestling Vase Pin

Athens 2004 Wrestling Vase Pin
Athens 2004 Pankration Vase Pin

Athens 2004 Pankration Vase Pin
Athens 2004 Wrestlers Pin

Athens 2004 Wrestlers Pin
Athens 2004 Handball Game Relief Ltd. Ed. 2004 Pin

Athens 2004 Handball Game Relief Ltd. Ed. 2004 Pin
Athens 2004 Hockey Relief Ltd. Ed. 2004 Pin

Athens 2004 Hockey Relief Ltd. Ed. 2004 Pin
Athens 2004 Wrestling Relief Ltd. Ed. 2004 Pin

Athens 2004 Wrestling Relief Ltd. Ed. 2004 Pin
Athens 2004 Boys Boxing Pin

Athens 2004 Boys Boxing Pin

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Sterling Silver Necklace & Earring Set - Handcrafted Greek Key Motif Links
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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan's Curse, by Rick Riordan (In Greek)

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The Jungle Book - Platinum Edition (DVD PAL / Zone 2) In Greek

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Treasure Planet (DVD PAL / Zone 2) In Greek

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 Featured Destination: Cyclades - Syros (part 8 of 22)


GEOGRAPHY  In the centre of the Cyclades, between Kythnos, Tenos, Rheneia and Mykonos, Syros or Syra is 84 sq. km. in area, has 87 km. of coastline and is 83 nautical miles from Piraeus. There are daily passenger and car ferries from Piraeus, linking Syros with the other Cycladic islands, with Herakleion in Crete, Ikaria, Samos and Fournoi. A car ferry service from Rafina links Siros with Andros and Tenos. Hermoupolis, the island's main town, is also capital of the prefecture of the Cyclades, their administrative and commercial centre with a population of 19,668.

Syros is a mountainous island (highest point Pyrgos, 431 miles. a.s.l.) particularly in the north, whereas in the south it is flat with small, fertile plains. As a consequence of this alternating terrain the coast is indented with small coves, headlands and two large bays: Phoinika on the west side and Hermoupolis on the east, with lovely beaches between, popular with visitors. The island retains much of its former grandeur and because of its facilities for tourists, natural beauty, historical and archeological monuments, one is assured of a pleasant stay.

HISTORY  Excavations have verified the island's habitation since Neolithic times. The prehistoric acropolis of Kastri and the site of the Chalandriani have both yielded finds of the Early Cycladic civilization (2700-2200 BC). Phoenicians were settled here, the name of the village Phoinikas being a legacy of their presence. In historical times Syros was colonized by Ionians and had two large cities, one of which stood on the site of Hermoupolis. During the Persian Wars it initially sided with the Medes, though later joined the Athenian League. In Hellenistic times it was under the aegis of Macedonia and the Egyptian Ptolemies. In contrast with the other islands, Syros experienced an acme in Roman times, which, however, was eclipsed in Byzantine times. In 1207 it was a Venetian possession under the jurisdiction of the Duchy of Naxos. Then it was that the fortified town of Ano Syros was built on the hill to the west of the harbour. It was taken by the Turks in 1537. Many Catholics from the surrounding islands sought refuge on Siros which, with the support of Venice and the interest shown by the king of France, developed into a bastion of the Latin faith. Shortly before the 1821 Revolution Syros enjoyed considerable prosperity and its harbour was a hive of commercial activity. Fugitives from persecution by the Turks sought asylum here and in 1822 refugees from Psara, Chios and Smyrna built Hermoupolis between Any Syros and the waterfront. For almost half a century Syros flourished as a commercial, nautical, and cultural centre. The development of Piraeus as the foremost port of Greece signaled its decline, but even today its population is largely involved in entrepreneurial and maritime activities.

SIGHTS-MONUMENTS  As one sails into the island's harbour, Hermoupolis, the view of the town is truly splendid, with its impressive mansions. Neoclassical buildings, houses with pronounced folk architectural elements extend upwards from the quayside to the brow of the hill. Of the public buildings the Town Hall in Miaoulis Square (designed by Ziller), built between 1876 and 1881, the commemorative statue of Miaoulis, the Municipal Theatre "Apollo", small-scale copy of La Scala in Milan, are of interest. Throughout the day Miaoulis Square with its elegant palm trees throngs with life, while in the late afternoon its cafes are a favourite meeting place. Churches of note include that of the Transfiguration (the cathedral), the Dormition, St. Demetrius (3 km. out of town), St. Barbra, St. Nicholas and Three Hierarchs. The seafarers' quarter, Vaporia, has narrow streets bordered by Neoclassical mansions. The Archaeological Museum houses significant finds and the public library has a rich selection of volumes old and new. The medieval town of Ano Syros, built in Venetian times, stands on the hill of San Giorgio. Its steep, stepped streets endow it with a special charm and at its pinnacle stands the Catholic Church of San Giorgio, which acquired its present aspect in 1843, replacing a smaller, medieval chapel, now incorporated within its interior, which stood on the site of a 12th century Byzantine Church. East of the church of San Giorgio is the Bishop's residence and nearby the Capuchin monastery and the Jesuit monastery. There are over 50 Catholic churches on Siros, both in Hermoupolis and other villages.

On the northeast side of the island (approx. 12 km. from Hermoupolis) is the site of Chalandriani, dug by the Greek archaeologist Christos Tsountas who brought to light an important prehistoric cemetery (500 graves). The copious finds from there greatly enriched our knowledge of the Early Cycladic civilization, particularly the early years of its floruit (2700 -2200 BC). Other prehistoric cemeteries have been located on Syros (Pidna, Aghios Loukas). Northwest of Chalandriani, on the hill of Kastri, early and more recent excavators have brought to light a fortified settlement, one of the earliest in the Cyclades. From the rich finds, dating to the second half of the 3rd millennium BC, contact with Asia Minor can be inferred. According to tradition, at Platy Vouni, near Chalandriani, is the cave of the historian and philosopher Pherekides, pupil of Pitakos and teacher of Pythagoras, who hailed from Syros. The southern part of the island is the most fertile and densely populated. Greenery abounds in the richly planted gardens of the old summer houses built by sailors and merchants from Hermoupolis. 2.5 km. from Hermoupolis is Talanta with its church of St. John the Theologian. To the southeast, in the area of Ano Manna, is the Phaneromenti monastery. Vari, the most beautiful holiday spot, is 9 km. from town and has a sandy beach and clear blue sea. In the bay of Phoinikas (12 km. from town) is Poseidonia (Della Grazia) one of the loveliest areas on the island, rivaled perhaps by Parakopi (4 km further north). The sea and sand at Angathopes is irresistible, while at Kini on the west side, (9 km from Hermoupolis)one is assured of an enjoyable vacation. the beaches at Galissa, Megas Yalos and Grammata are also delightful, while one can swim at Kymata and Aghios Nikolaos right beside Hermoupolis. There is no problem in reaching any of the beaches and there is regular public transport. Caiques make trips from Kini or Hermoupolis to the more remote beaches (Varvarousa, Grammata) and it is easier to get to those on the northeast and northwest coast by boat, since access by road is rather difficult. refueling station at Hermoupolis. Accommodation is available in lots of hotels, pensions, furnished rooms or flats and even Neoclassical villas (Poseidonia, Manna).

Next month: The Islands of the Cyclades - Paros-Antiparos, Part 9 of 22


 June 2011 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
      1
Fast Free

Apodosis of Pascha

Justin the Philosopher & Martyr and his Companions

Pyrros the Hieromartyr
2
6th Thursday after Pascha/Ascension

Nikephoros the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople

Erasmos of Ochrid & his Companion Martyrs
 
3
6th Friday after Pascha

Lucillian of Byzantium, 4 martyred Youths & Paula the Virgin

Athanasios the Wonderworker
4
Metrophanes, 1st Patriarch of Constantinople

Mary & Martha, the sisters of Lazarus
5
Fathers of the 1st Council

Dorotheos the Holy Martyr, Bishop of Tyre

Holy Martyrs Nicandrus, Gorgus and Apollonus and those with them
6
7th Monday after Pascha

Hilarion the New of Dalmation Monastery

Bessarion the Wonderworker of Egypt
7
7th Tuesday after Pascha

Theodotos, Bishop of Ankyra

Our Righteous Father Panagis (Paisios) Basias
8
Removal of the Relics of Theodore the Commander

Kalliope the Martyr

Melania the Righteous
9
7th Thursday after Pascha

Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria

3 Virgin-martyrs of Chios
10
7th Friday after Pascha

Alexander & Antonina the Martyrs

Timothy, Bishop of Proussa
11
Saturday before Pentecost

Bartholomew and Barnabas the Holy Apostles

Revelation of the Hymn Axion Estin to a monk on Mt. Athos by the Archangel Gabriel
 
12
Pentecost - Trinity Sunday

Onouphrios the Great

Peter the Athonite
13
Fast Free

1st Monday after Pentecost

Akylina the Martyr of Syria

Triphyllos the Bishop of Nicosia
14
Fast Free

Elisha the Prophet

Methodios the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople

Cyril, Bishop of Gortyna
15
Fast Free

1st Wednesday after Pentecost

Amos the Prophet

Our Righteous Father Hieronymus
16
Fast Free

1st Thursday after Pentecost

Tychon the Wonderworker

40 Martyrs of Rome
17
Fast Free

1st Friday after Pentecost

Isaurus the Holy Martyr & his Companions of Athens

Manuel, Sabel, & Ishmael the Martyrs of Persia
 
18
Fast Free

1st Saturday after Pentecost

Leontios, Hypatios, & Theodoulos the Martyrs of Syria
19
All Saints

Thaddeus (Jude) the Apostle & Brother of Our Lord

Holy Martyr Zosima
20
2nd Monday after Pentecost: Apostles Fast Begins Today

Methodios the Martyr, Bishop of Olympus

Kallistos I, Patriarch of Constantinople
21
2nd Tuesday after Pentecost

Julian the Martyr of Tarsus

Terentios, Bishop of Iconium
22
2nd Wednesday after Pentecost

Eusebius, Bishop of Samosata

Zenon the Martyr & his servant Zenas of Philadelphia
23
2nd Thursday after Pentecost

Agrippina the Martyr of Rome

Holy Martyrs Aristocleus the Priest, Demetrius the Deacon and Athanasius the Reader
 
24
Nativity of the Forerunner John the Baptist

St. Elizabeth, Mother of the Forerunner

Panagiotis the New Martyr
25
2nd Saturday after Pentecost

Leavetaking of the Nativity of the Forerunner John the Baptist

Prokopios the New Martyr
26
2nd Sunday of Matthew

David the Righteous of Thessalonika

Appearance of the Icon of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos of Tikhvin
27
3rd Monday after Pentecost

Sampson the Innkeeper of Constantinople

Joanna the Myrrhbearer
28
3rd Tuesday after Pentecost

Finding of the Relics of Cyrus and John the Unmercenaries

Pappias the Martyr
29
Peter and Paul, the Holy Apostles
30
Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles: Peter, Andrew, James & John the sons of Zebedee, Phillip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Jude the brother of James, Simon & Matthias

Michael the New Martyr of Athens
 
   


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