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The author of Whisky Galore played an active role in the Great War, experiencing both the horror of the Dardanelles in 1915 and the intrigues of wartime Athens. Yet his diplomatic ham-fistedness forced his premature exit. Richard Hughes explains. 

Volume: 63 Issue: 8 2013

Lord Byron’s death there in April 1824 created an enduring legend. But the real story of the poet’s mission to help Greece in its revolution against Ottoman Turkish rule is one of hard-headed politics, which goes straight to the heart of the country’s present-day crisis, says Roderick Beaton.

Volume: 63 Issue: 6 2013

James Barker describes the impact of an SOE mission in wartime Greece 70 years ago this month to demolish the Gorgopotamos railway bridge.

Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

Roger Hudson sheds light on a haunting photograph from the Greek Civil War.

Volume: 62 Issue: 10 2012

James Romm examines some intriguing new theories about a long-standing historical mystery.

Volume: 62 Issue: 4 2012

The poor economic record of Greece goes back a very long way, says Matthew Lynn.

Volume: 61 Issue: 8 2011

Michael Scott looks at how a time of crisis in the fourth century BC proved a dynamic moment of change for women in the Greek world.

Volume: 59 Issue: 11 2009

Matthew Stewart traces the roots of the Greco-Turkish war of 1921-22, and the consequent refugee crisis, to the postwar settlements of 1919-20.

Volume: 54 Issue: 7 2004

Jeri DeBrohun looks at the meanings expressed in the style of clothes and personal adornment adopted by men and women in the ancient world.

Volume: 51 Issue: 2 2001

After three years, the conflict came to an end on October 16th, 1949.

Volume: 49 Issue: 10 1999

Graham Shipley meets the dead in a Greek cemetery - an oasis of classicism in modern Athens.

Volume: 46 Issue: 9 1996

'You are what you eat' was as relevant an observation for the ancients as for more modern thinkers, argues Helen King

Volume: 36 Issue: 9 1986

'Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose'... many of the agricultural practices described in the art and literature of classical Greece persist to the present day.

Volume: 36 Issue: 7 1986

N.E.R. Fisher surveys the historiographical treatments of these ancient democratic states, in this month's Reading History.

Volume: 33 Issue: 9 1983

Irene Coltman Brown begins this series on the historian as philosopher by taking a look at the Greek historian known as the Father of History.

Volume: 31 Issue: 2 1981

Towards the end of the twelfth century, writes Jim Bradbury, Greek Fire, which the Byzantines had long used, was first employed in Western Europe.

Volume: 29 Issue: 5 1979

Alan Haynes describes how, for just over three centuries, Greek visitors often settled in England and associated with its clerics and learned men.

Volume: 29 Issue: 3 1979

At a time when the Turkish rulers of Greece were conducting a profitable trade in ancient statues, Charles Fellows, an enlightened English tourist, rescued a precious hoard from Asia Minor. By Sarah Searight.

Volume: 29 Issue: 3 1979

In ancient Cretan religious rites, the bull and the young athletes who engaged it played a mysterious but highly significant role, writes Richard Harrison.

Volume: 28 Issue: 4 1978

Nicolas Cheetham describes how the Fourth Crusaders captured Byzantium in 1204 and French noblemen created feudal principalities in Southern Greece.

Volume: 27 Issue: 3 1977

Stephen Usher looks back at the life of a leading Athenian orator and Idealist during the city’s long war with Macedonia and its Greek allies.

Volume: 26 Issue: 3 1976

John Godfrey describes how the capture of Constantinople in 1204 was an unexpected result of the Crusading movement.

Volume: 26 Issue: 1 1976

Michael Grant describes how, after the death of Alexander the Great, the classical world was divided into a system of contending super-states of which our twentieth century world is the heir.

Volume: 24 Issue: 3 1974

Alan Haynes describes how, menaced by the Turks, the Emperor Manuel sought western help on his visits to Italy, France and England.

Volume: 24 Issue: 12 1974

Colin Davies introduces the Greek philosopher and physician who flourished in Sicily during the fifth century B.C.

Volume: 21 Issue: 10 1971

‘Of all the arts, the art of medicine is the most distinguished,’ declared Hippocrates, who first released it from the shackles of magic and religion. By Colin Davies.

Volume: 21 Issue: 4 1971

Colin Davies describes how, in the sixth century B.C., two philosophers emerged upon the Asian shore of the Aegean Sea to develop the ideas of Thales.

Volume: 20 Issue: 4 1970

Robert E. Zegger reflects on the the philhellenic crusade to free Greece in the 1820s.

Volume: 20 Issue: 4 1970

Colin Davies assesses the ancient Greek whose philosophy seemed to have banished certainty forever. In Socrates' midst, there flourished a new humanism in which man saw himself as the denizen of an indifferent universe

Volume: 20 Issue: 11 1970

Colin Davies describes how, in the 6th century B.C., Miletus became the birthplace of Western science and philosophy.

Volume: 20 Issue: 2 1970

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