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Areeba ‘Chat Pack’ for holidaymakers to Cyprus June 13, 2007

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Areeba has introduced ‘Holiday Chat-30 days Pack’, a special pay-as-you-talk package for visitors to the island who want to stay in touch with home at low prices without paying roaming charges and avoiding incoming call charges.

The Holiday Chat Pack is valid for a maximum 30 days and costs CYP 5 (EUR 8.60) and includes CYP 1 (EUR 1,72) free airtime. Visitors can top up with the Areeba top up cards of CYP 4, 8, 16 (EUR 6.88, 13.76 and 27.52). Local call charges are 3.6 cents per minute and sms messages to anywhere in the world cost just 1 cent.

International calls are charged at standard pay-as-you-talk rates. For example, calls to landlines in the UK, Greece, Germany and Russia cost 6.9c a minute, while calls to mobile phones cost 19.5c/min to Greece, 16.1c/min to the UK, 18.4c/min to Germany and 8 cents a minute to Russia.

The Areeba Holiday Chat, 30 days pack is available at Areeba shops, hotels and kiosks.

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Private Associations between Rome and the Greek Cities June 13, 2007

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The role of private associations in the gradual integration of Greek cities into the Roman empire will be discussed with a focus on the associations of Roman traders and businessmen, who were active in Greece from the third century BC onwards.

By the imperial period these associations seem to have penetrated civic life deeply, both at a social and a political level, and associations of Roman traders played an important function as a trait d’union between the cities and the imperial centre.

Closely associated with these were local occupational associations. While they were primarily oriented towards the city and civic life, they were nevertheless involved in imperial rituals and the imperial cult. As such they were an important factor in the dissemination of the imperial ideology among the working population of the Greek provinces.

Univ.Prof. Dr. Onno van Nijf, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Hörsaal 21 des Hauptgebäudes der Universität Wien
Philologisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Ring 1, 1010 Wien, Austria

International cycling at Cardiff, UK June 13, 2007

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A host of European riders from Greece, Czech Republic, Poland, Spain and Holland challenge the best Great Britain has to offer as international cycling returns to Cardiff this Saturday and Sunday.

It is the first International event at Maindy Cycle Track since recent refurbishment.

Records are likely to be broken and new ones set on the newly resurfaced track. Racing starts at 11.00 am both days. Admission is free for all.

Wine Greek lingo June 13, 2007

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Every wine producing region in the world has its own lingo. The French have terms for wine that the Hungarians don’t, the Americans have terms for wine that the Australians don’t and the Italians have terms for wine that the Germans don’t. Greece, also has its share of wine lingo. So, here’s some commonly used Greek wine terms.

Archondiko > Archondiko translates roughly to mean Chateau, which is a house located in a vineyard. In Greece, the word Archondiko can be found on bottles of Topikos Oenos Wines, country wines usually made with several different kinds of grape.

Epitrapezios Oenos > The Epitrapezios Oenos is one of the Greek’s more simple wines, like a wine getting by on only the necessities of life, grapes, aging, oak barrels, and basic cable. These wines are essentially the table wines of the Greeks.

Krater > In ancient days, a Krater was a pottery bowl made of bronze that held wine. 

Ktima > A word that is translated to mean Estate, this term, like Archondiko, sometimes appears on the labels of Topikos Oenos Wines.

Kylix > Like a Krater, the Kylix was also used in ancient Greece. It was a shallow cup with two handles decorated extensively. A Kythos, or ladle, was used to scoop up the wine to put in the Kylix. 

Monastiri > A word meaning Monastery, this word sometimes appears on the labels of Topikos Oenos. This is based on the fact that there are several Greek monasteries producing wine. 

Oenos > Wine.

Stefani > Stefani is a form of grapevine training. The grapevines are trained in a way that forces the grapes to grow in the center, giving them natural protection from the wind. In Greek, Stefani is translated to mean crown. Going to Greece is a unique experience, sampling the wine will only compound this. A glass of Archanes, a red wine, or a glass of Visanto, a sweet white wine, is sure to be a great time.

European Music Day expands around the country June 13, 2007

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Annual street music event set for 12 cities > Popular on the world music circuit, UK act Transglobal Underground, performing in the capital’s Kotzia Square on June 21, is one of 18 visiting acts taking part this year.

With some 120 acts of all styles, ranging from metal to classical, performing free-for-all shows on the streets at over 10 points around downtown Athens and a further 11 provincial Greek cities, this year’s local version of European Music Day, celebrated on June 21 and stretched out for two more days, will be the biggest yet seen in this country.

“We believe that we’re promoting culture among the people in a way that does not require them to go out searching,” Sophie Mytilinaiou Daskalaki, head of the Cultural Organization of the City of Athens, or PODA, told a news conference yesterday at its downtown headquarters.

PODA is co-organizing the three-day event with MESO, a privately run firm founded by Greek-Frenchman Georges Perot, which introduced the long-running event of French origins to this country eight years ago.

Since its humble inception, and despite stumbling blocks that have included the event’s cancellation one year due to a simultaneous Greek Orthodox Church-backed rally attended by thousands in Syntagma Square, the Greek capital’s version of European Music Day has grown in stature and size.

This year’s entertainment will take place in 12 Greek cities, a record number for the event since its arrival here. Besides Athens, the event’s musical action this year will also go out to Yiannitsa, Ioannina, Karditsa, Katerini, Lamia, Livadia, Preveza, Serres, Trikala, Volos and Thessaloniki.

New developments in Athens this year include the closure of Sina Street in Kolonaki, where the French Institute is located, for concerts and other cultural events. Also, a “musical bus” as the organizers described it, will provide free transport linking all the festival’s stages in Athens on June 21 and 22 between 3 p.m. and midnight. The capital’s musical points include Syntagma Square, the Athenaeum venue in Thiseion, the National Gardens, Technopolis in Gazi, Klafthmonos Square, Kotzia Square, Mavilli Square, and the French Institute. A total of 18 visiting acts, up from 16 last year, will be performing. They include the British band Transglobal Underground, a leading act on the world music circuit, on June 21 at Kotzia Square, whose offering will range from electro-pop to world beat.

“Some people may have reservations about the music because it’s free. No admission charge, however, should not be equated with lack of quality. We’ve put on acts that normally play at concert venues,” stressed Daskalaki. “This street event is about feeling carefree and uniting, which we all need.”

For schedule details > www.musicday.gr or www.myspace.com/europeanmusicday 

Giorgio de Chirico’s Greece > exhibition at Athinais June 13, 2007

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Paintings by the artist at the Athinais Cultural Center signpost a ‘Voyage through Memory’ > Offering to Zeus’, 90×70 cm, painted in 1971, refers to the making of art. ‘Harmony of Solitude’, 117.5×84 cm, from 1976, is one of the exhibition’s most impressive works.

In some of the most famous paintings by Giorgio de Chirico from the so-called “metaphysical period” of his work, the image of the sleeping Ariadne depicted as a reclining statue in empty Italian squares suggests a voyage in the labyrinth of the unconscious. It is an evocation of childhood memories and a journey toward self-discovery. As in most of de Chirico’s work, themes taken from Greek mythology symbolize the archetypes embedded in the collective unconscious. They express man’s hidden fears and desires and constitute the mysterious, oneiric landscapes that are so typical of the painter’s work.

Interestingly, much of de Chirico’s visual language stems from his own childhood memories in Greece. This is the main point in “Giorgio de Chirico and Greece: Voyage through Memory” an exhibition currently on display at the Athinais Cultural Center which unravels the connections between the themes in de Chirico’s paintings and the artist’s reminiscences of Greece. It includes large oil paintings, mostly from the post-1950s period, several drawings and some bronze sculptures. The exhibition is curated by Takis Mavrotas and has been organized in collaboration with the Giorgio & Isa de Chirico Foundation.

In his essay in the exhibition catalog, Mavrotas mentions that, according to de Chirico’s brother Alberto Savinio, the very first painting that the artist made was inspired by the horses that he saw in Volos, his birthplace. Horses became a recurring theme in his work, as in the exhibition’s sculpture “Ancient Horses”, and are said to also symbolize the travels that de Chirico experienced not only as a child but also after he left Greece.

His father was an enterprising engineer who came to Greece to work on the construction of the railway line in Thessaly. As a young boy, de Chirico spent his time between Volos and Athens, constantly moving between the two cities according to the demands of his father’s job. The train and railway depicted in many of his paintings is an image rooted in those early, childhood years; like the horses, they symbolize a journey, “the melancholy of departing and the joy of returning” as Sabina D’Angelosante aptly notes in her essay which is also included in the catalog. “Departure of the Argonauts” and “The Return of Ulysses,” two of de Chirico’s well-known paintings, not included in the exhibition, capture the two ends of the journey. Hermes, the god of land travel, also appears in de Chirico’s art: In “View of Athens” a postcard-like painting created by the artist a few years before visiting Greece in 1973, his first trip to Greece since he had left, shows Hermes flying above the Parthenon. The centaurs, yet another favorite theme, alludes to Thessaly, where according to Greek mythology, the mythical creatures resided.

Both the exhibition and the essays by Mavrotas, Silvia Tusi and D’Angelosante show de Chirico’s work to be an evocation of memories, a voyage to Greece and its mythology. “The Archaeologists,” an image with many different versions, can be seen as the embodiment of this delving into the past. However, the painting which best captures the exhibition’s concept is “The Hand of God and the Nine Muses” (1975), a tribute to the arts and Mnemosyne, mother of the Muses and patron of the arts.

Although de Chirico’s writings are often ambiguous in meaning, an excerpt from his memoirs expresses his close ties with Greece: “….all of those spectacles of exceptional beauty that I saw in Greece as a boy, and that are the most beautiful I have ever since until this day, affected me so deeply, they were so powerfully impressed in my soul and in my thoughts…” De Chirico mined the visual memories of his childhood and through his extraordinary imagination turned them to paintings filled with mystery, poetry and an eternal image of Greece.

At the Athinais Cultural Foundation, 34-36 Kastorias Street, Votanikos, Athens, tel 210 3480000, through June 30.

Related Links > http://www.athinais.com.gr/EN/mainENframeset.html

A tribute to the work of surrealist Andre Masson June 13, 2007

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At the B&E Goulandris Museum on Andros island > the work ‘Pasiphae’ from 1932, pastel on paper, among the exhibits

For the surrealists, Greek mythology was an inexhaustible source of inspiration, a language of symbols that spoke of fundamental truths of the human condition. As a surrealist, the French painter Andre Masson (1896-1987) based much of his work on themes taken from Greek mythology.

“Andre Masson and Ancient Greece”, the title of the exhibition held this year at the Basil and Elise Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art on Andros island, from June 30, highlights the continuing fascination that Masson had with ancient Greek culture and its myths.

The myth of the Minotaur was especially appealing to him, as it captured the irrational, instinctive forces of human nature that the surrealists sought to unravel. Other stories that also captured his imagination were those related to Sisyphus, Oedipus, Orpheus and Dionysius. After the Second World War, Masson moved to the USA where he continued working on themes from Greek mythology. Masson was a major influence in the work of the American abstract expressionists and the interest that they took in Greek myths.

A conference on the theme of “Surrealism and Greece” will be held on July 1 on Andros on the occasion of the exhibition.

Related Links > www.goulandris.gr