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Ancient Athens on 5 Drachmas a Day

New book: Philip Matyszak, a British non-fiction writer, with a doctorate in Roman history from St John’s College, Oxford has published an entertaining guidebook entitled “Athens on 5 drachmas a day”. The book takes us on a travel back in time, to 431 BC Athens, giving the reader a vibrant sense of what everyday life must have been like in the ancient city during the pinnacle of its glory.
Read more:
 Armchair Traveler (The New York Times, 28.09.2008)
 Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day by Philip Matyszak: Review (Telegraph, 17.10.2008)
 Greek mystique (Guardian, 18.10.2008)

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Forthcoming Publications about Greece & its Neighbours

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   “In the long shadow of Europe: Greeks and Turks in the era of post-nationalism” Othon Anastasakis, Kalypso Nicolaïdis and Kerem Oktem (eds.) (Leiden: Brill, 2008) “Modern Greece in the Balkans: Antagonisms and interactions” Othon Anastasakis, Dimitar Bechev and Nicholas Vrousalis (eds.) (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009) “Mediterranean Frontiers: Conflicts, Borders and Memories in a Transnational World””Dimitar Bechev and Kalypso Nicolaïdis (eds.) (IB Tauris, 2009)  Source: South East European Studies @ Oxford University – Newsletter, June 2008; Secretariat General of Information: Greece – Major Think Tanks

Reading Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Homer :   Where is Ithaca described in detail in Homer’s Odyssey? The island of Ithaki, most have assumed. But Homer says that Ithaca is “furthest towards the dark,” i.e. the west, a group of islands. In their fascinating albeit controversial award-winning best-seller, published by Cambridge University Press in October 2005, titled “Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer’s Ithaca”, Robert Bittlestone, enthusiastic Homerist, geologist John Underhill, and classics scholar James Diggle believe the island of Kefalonia is indeed the answer, or rather, its westernmost peninsula Paliki. In the “Odysseus Unbound” website (www.odysseus-unbound.org) you can read more about their project. The book has been updated with the latest developments from the island of Kefalonia and is published in Athens by PolytroponContinue reading

Greece in Education and Research

» Oxford University in Thessaloniki

The programme Southeast European Studies at Oxford will offer the Oxford Module  as an integral part of the summer ’08 Session Courses at the American College of Thessaloniki – a series of advanced undergraduate seminars in the field of politics and international relations within the regional context of Southeast Europe.

» Newborns Exposed to Genotoxic Chemicals

The European research project NewGeneris (Newborns and Genotoxic Exposure Risks) is examining the risks to which newborns are exposed as a result of genotoxic chemicals in food and the environment. Continue reading