Yeiamas paidia! Welcome, friends of Greece!

We are so glad for your visit- Καλώς ήρθατε!

We dedicate our efforts to the support and continuing vitality of Hellenic culture, which has been a beacon in the history of humankind. We hope that the expression of our love for Greece will be contagious, leading concerned citizens of the world to take actions to prove themselves as generous to Greece as she has been to the world.

We aim to inform about current issues by offering glimpses into history, introducing key figures of genius in literature, philosophy, art and music, national heroes and spiritual guides who continue to bring light to humanity.

maenad dreaming on lion skin

ancient dreamer

About how this project began:
My name is Eva Johanos, or, in Greek, Έυα Χατζηιωάννου. I am a teacher, an artist, a musician, writer and translator. As an American with Greek ancestry I have benefited from years of work and study in Greece, intense friendships and life-changing exposure to the depth, pathos and beauty of the Greek culture and people. From my present home in the United States, I have been deeply troubled by the simplistic, humiliating stereotypes used to explain away or justify the inhuman “austerities” being prepared for these proud, sensitive and naturally generous people, true lovers of freedom. It is very painful to think of schools and university departments closing, young people being forced to leave, once again, for survival, and the elders in want.

One year ago, following the developments of the “crisis” which set portions of Athens ablaze, I was reunited- under the auspices of Facebook- with an old friend I had been wondering about: a former English student who had continued in her studies to an important legal career. Together we decided to launch a group on Facebook to celebrate and support both the body and spirit of Greece, which has been and continues to be essential in defining some of the highest ideals of humanity.

From the contributions of many individuals in our group, we are in the process of building this website, which we hope will be a true “Love Song for Greece,” sharing the brilliance, beauty and diversity of Hellenic culture, from ancient through modern times. I supply translations where I am able to find them, and in many cases create my own new, original translations.

Please enjoy the various offerings in the above categories, which are continually expanding: National Heroes, Literature, Music, Visual Arts, Theater & Film, Folk Traditions and Projects & Resources. We hope that you will be inspired to learn more about these historical and contemporary individuals, events, traditions and organizations, and to enrich your own life while contributing to the revitalization of this great country.

To help with this project and share your suggestions and insights, please join our group on Facebook.

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