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Sidelights and Myths

Greeks in Italy – XXVI: Zeus and Europa

This is a catch all for some of the longer stories about the islands...

A bowl of Samian Wine

The ancient wine of Samos

A Fragrant Mythology

Smelling doings and strong women on Lemnos

A Litany to Dittany

Viagra, Cretan Style

A Note on Byzantine Art

Vehicles of the spirit

Alexandros Papadiamántis

Master of Neo-Hellenic Prose

Angelos Sikelianos

and the Delphic Idea

Ariadne on Naxos

Why did Theseus do it?

Brotherly Love

The marriage of Hera and Zeus

Christophoros Kolombos

Was he really from Chios?

Crete Mythology

The Birth of Zeus, and Europe’s Bullish Origins


The first rebel against the Ottomans

Deciphering the Minoans

How Michael Ventris did it

Dionysios Solomós

Poet of Freedom

El Greco

When Saints burst into flames


Crete's national epic


and his man cave on Salamina

Human Rights, Dorian-style

The law code of Gortyn


The liqueur of Naxos

Melissus and Aristarchus

Before Copernicus

Minoan Art

Rise and decline of 'the world’s first naturalistic art'

Musical Myths of Lesvos

Orpheus's Head and Arion

Mysteries of the Great Gods

Still something of a mystery

Nikos Kazantzakis

The Father of Zorba


His strange birth and death


The Sage of Sámos

Rhodes: Dark Tales from the Island of the Sun

Curious myths

Robert Guiscard

Genius and Extrovert

Santoríni in a glass

Vines woven like baskets


The Tenth Muse

Skyriot Houses

And a curious passion for plates

Sponge diving

A brief history of an age-old trade

The Ant People

Origins of the Myrmidons

The Bull in the Calendar

Secrets of the border

The Cow and the Gadfly

How the Ionian Sea got its name

The Siege of Heráklion: 1648–69

History's second longest siege

The Sinking of the HMHS Britannic

The equally unlucky sister ship of the Titanic

The Venus de Milo

Unclear Disarmament

Theophilos Hadzimichail

Greece's great folk artist

Understanding Crete's mythology

What's it all about?

Where Achilles wore Drag, and Theseus Fell

Tales from Skyros

Where Ikaros Fell

On Ikaria they know the exact spot

Why the Oracles are Silent

It happened near Páxos

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Egisto Sani