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A 75 feet ancient shipwreck has been found in Black Sea in over 1.6 miles of water, according the Guardian newspaper. The lack of oxygen in such a depth preserved this shipwreck in tact with mast, rudders, and rowing benches. This is the oldest ship found and is believed to be 2400 years old. The documentary team has made a two-hour film that is due to be shown at the British Museum … (Full article)
“Why Diplomacy Matters”
By David Pearce Former Ambassador to Greece 2013-2015
Date: Friday, September 21, @ 5:30pm
Location: Room 102 Wishcamper Hall, USM Portland
We are excited to announce a talk by the Honorable David Pearce, former U.S Ambassador to Greece (and Algeria). He will discuss why U.S. engagement abroad matters, drawing on over four decades of experience of living and working overseas, as a journalist and diplomat. He will also provide practical examples of diplomacy at work, from his time as Ambassador to Greece from 2013-2016, and his many years of work in the Middle East.
Ambassador Pearce has held senior-level positions at the State Department in Washington, with responsibility for Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
After three years of service as Ambassador in Athens, he retired in November 2016 from the U.S. Department of State as a Career Minister, the second-highest rank attainable in the Foreign Service.
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Dir.: Christopher Papakaliatis , Greece, 2012
Sunday, December 10, 3 PM, Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland Campus
In Athens during the current economic crisis, Demetris (Papakaliatis) is a highly independent man, living a fairly normal life. He’s a confirmed bachelor at the age of 33 – his roommate is a female German shepherd called Lonesome. One night, Lonesome wants to be taken out. Demetris tries to change her mind but Lonesome insists. It’s at this moment that he must make a decision. And his choice will change everything. If Demetris goes out, he will meet Christina, the love of his life. If he stays in, he will not meet her and his life will take a different track. The film flips back and forth between both choices and, on the way, asks, ‘Does true love exist?’ ‘What is the impact of a severe economic crisis on people?’ ‘Can the crisis destroy a couple?’ A love story shown from two different angles in a changing world. Not Rated; includes one intense sexual scene. In Greek with English sub-titles. 111 minutes.
A very interesting article about Greece’s temples was posted on BBC’ s travel section “The mystery behind Greece’s temples”. The article author, Stav Dimitropoulos, explains how her grand father used to tell her temples sympolize something bigger than humans and how she met Manolo Fernandez, a Spanish language teacher and amateur astronomy enthusiast, who shares her grandfather’s opinion – that the placement of Greece’s temples was not random.
Fernadez suggests that if you look at a map, the temple of Poseidon in Sounion forms an isosceles triangle with the Hephaisteion in Athens and the temple of Aphaia Athena in Aegina. Apollo in Delphi, Aphaia in Aegina and the Parthenon, the same: they all form perfect isosceles triangles!
An excellent summer read special if you have visited or planning to visit Greece.
During President’s Obama visit in Greece here is the full press conference with President Obama and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras from thepapaspost.com
President Obama’s press conference in Greece