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Grexit and Brexit: The unholy connection

Grexit and Brexit: The unholy connection

Many of my British friends have been asking me lately “What is going on with Greece? The country is no longer in the news? Are things better?” At which point, I just want to scream! But, of course, I do not! I have been trained as an academic; hence, screaming should not be part of any sensible conversation. Yes, what is happening to Greece is preeminently sensible, and logical, and expected. The country is just completing Phase 1. Successfully! The New Left Government followed European rules al... »

Greek Austerity or Greek Default?

Greek Austerity or Greek Default?

Greece, a country with the longest democratic tradition in the world, announced a referendum. The Greek people are called to decide, whether they accept a new austerity program or not. The decision is a difficult one, not least because most of the population does not hold a PhD in economics. Well I do! And I can assure you that I also find the longwinded documents perplexing. Let me see what evidence I have in my hands. The new austerity measures follow the same recipe that created the Greek cri... »

A comparison of the economic crisis of Greece in the 3rd century AD and today

A comparison of the economic crisis of Greece in the 3rd century AD and today

  When I published my monograph on the Roman Monetary System in 2012 I was accused that I did not tackle adequately the third century crisis. This was the most long lasting crisis in the Roman Empire that eventually led to an entirely new political, economic and social system in Late Antiquity. When I published my monograph on the Roman Monetary System in 2012 I was accused that I did not tackle adequately the third century crisis. This was the most long lasting crisis in the Roman Empire t... »

Greek pride and national sovereignty

Greek pride and national sovereignty

This is the first time in many years that I am proud to be Greek. Last week, my people voted for an anti-austerity party that promised to restructure the welfare state in Greece. Syriza seemingly belongs to the radical left wing. In fact it is conglomeration of left and centre political parties that have one common denominator: they despise the Troika and its economic measures that impoverished the people. Yesterday, the minister of finance, Varoufakis, made it clear that the new government will... »

The grave of Alexander the Great has NOT been found

The grave of Alexander the Great has NOT been found

I follow with great interest the excavations in Amphipolis (Macedonia), where a monumental grave has been found. As everyone else, I am more than eager to see what is hiding behind the massive walls! So far, several theories regarding the ownership of the grave were brought forward. The most popular among them used to be that Roxanne, the wife of Alexander the Great, and their son may have been buried there. After all, they were murdered in the region! The proponents of this theory failed to exp... »

Peter Capaldi and Time Travelling

Peter Capaldi and Time Travelling

Last Sunday BBC announced that Peter Capaldi will be the 12th Doctor Who! The announcement followed long weeks of speculation and betting; the second being suspended on Friday. I can assure you that the world rejoiced at the news and Capaldi’s name crossed the Atlantic! Shall we reflect for a second on the reasons for such overwhelming joy? I have no doubt that Mr. Capaldi is an excellent actor that will prove himself once more in his new role as Dr. Who. And yet, does his ability alone ju... »

Art combined with Maritime History in Hull University

Art combined with Maritime History in Hull University

“Hondartza Fraga has been appointed ‘artist in residence’ by the University of Hull Maritime Historical Studies Centre, thanks to funding by the Leverhulme Trust. Throughout 2013 she will use illustration, photography and other media to complement the work of maritime academics in exploring the once-lucrative European whaling industry, and how Hull as a city was at its forefront. She will create artwork with access to the extensive archives of the University’s Blaydes House (the base for i... »

Criminal Histories in East Midlands

Criminal Histories in East Midlands

This week I thought I should explore further the local history of my adopted region, East Midlands. Luckily, I came across a series of youtube videos made by Paul Bradshaw, a video journalist who covers news stories for BBC East Midlands Today. His work is imaginatively produced and indicates an intense interest in history. The added bonus of violent scenes and clashes between knights or peasants will satisfy the most fierce critics! The first video is the story of the Folville Gang, a group of ... »

Treasures of American history featured in Princeton exhibition

The following is one of the most exciting exhibitions I came across! Strongly recommended! Well done! If anyone from Princeton University takes a look at this blog, feel free to comment and give us more information! “From a first-hand account of Colonial life in Jamestown to a wanted poster for John Wilkes Booth following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, a Princeton University Library exhibition opening Friday, Feb. 22, will trace the American experience from 1607 to 1865. ... »

Sade’s Queer Theory

Sade’s Queer Theory

I have always been a fan of Sade, as I thought he was way too advanced for his time. Consequently, he paid the price! So, when I saw on H-Net list the advertisement of a new book on him, I thought I should share the news with you. It may be a little bit expensive to buy but I will be there when the library gets it. William F. Edmiston, Sade: Queer Theorist, Voltaire Foundation, SVEC 2013:03, ISBN 978-0-7294-1064-9, x+244 pages, £60 / €80 / $105. “Following an overview of queer theory, Will... »

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