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Editing Ancient Greece October 8, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Books Life.
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Tom Sienkewicz, Capron Professor of Classics at Monmouth College, is the editor of “Ancient Greece”, a new three-volume encyclopedia recently published by Salem Press, Inc.

The encyclopedia is an A-Z survey of Greek history and culture from its earliest archaeological remains to the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C.E., when Greek civilization merged with Roman to become Greco-Roman civilization. Greece’s ancient history serves as the touchstone for much of Western history that followed.

Encompassing heroic tales of Homer and the philosophical musings of Plato, the bloody Peloponnesian Wars between Athens and Sparta and the vast empire of Alexander the Great, “Ancient Greece” is written for students and general readers of all ages.

In addition to previously published essays, the encyclopedia includes 29 specially-commissioned essays. One of the new essays, “Women’s Life”, was written by one of Sienkewicz’s former students who now is a doctoral student in classics at the University of Toronto.


Slow down your mobile phone use October 8, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Telecoms.
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Greece to increase taxes on mobile telephony bills

The Greek Government submitted to Parliament legislation that calls for the introduction of a €10 tax for mobile telephony bills that exceed €60 per month, while keeps the €2 tax for bills below €30 and introduces a €5 tax for bills between €30-60, the Cyprus Financial Mirror reports.

Note that the State previously intended to introduce higher taxation, ie €8 for bills between €60-120, €15 for bills between €120-240 and €25 for bills that exceed €240.

Well, I think it’s time for you to slow down your mobile phone’s use!

Greece winning in the rain > Greece 1-0 Norway October 8, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Football.
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Reigning champions Greece maintained their winning start to their UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying campaign on Saturday with a hard-fought victory against Norway in a rain-soaked Athens.

Konstantinos Katsouranis’s first-half volley gave Otto Rehhagel’s side all three points in a tightly-contested Group C encounter which was delayed for 50 minutes after a thunderstorm drenched the pitch before kick-off. Stewards with brooms saved the day as they swept away the water and referee Ľuboš Micheľ gave the go-ahead.

Having begun their title defence with a 1-0 success in Moldova, Greece took on a Norway side with two wins to their name and dominated possession early on even with UEFA EURO 2004™ player of the tournament Theodoros Zagorakis dropped to the bench. Giourkas Seitaridis shot just over and Nikolaos Liberopoulos went close with a header, before Greece goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis was called into action to tip over Fredrik Strømstad’s volley after John Arne Riise’s free-kick was flicked on by Steffen Iversen.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær had two good chances for Norway within the space of five minutes, first firing wide then being dispossessed by Nikopolidis as the striker attempted to round the keeper. But it was Greece who opened the scoring, Katsouranis rifling in after Liberopoulos knocked down a Georgios Karagounis free-kick.

Stylianos Giannakopoulos was replaced by Angelos Charisteas at half-time as Rehhagel looked for more goals, but it was the visitors who could have levelled 12 minutes into the second half when Solskjær mis-kicked after good work by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Gradually the pace of the game diminished, although Norway coach Åge Hareide sent on Ole Martin Årst and Daniel Braaten late on.

Årst headed just wide in the last minute but the final opportunity fell to Greece substitute Ioannis Amanatidis who hit the post with a first-time strike from a Georgios Samaras cross. Greece, level on six points with Turkey and Norway – who have played a match more – go to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday. Norway also face that nation in their next group game on 24 March.