Kristian Lavrentidis

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Greek: A History of the Language and Its Speakers by Geoffrey Horrocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly and invaluable, 26 July 2014
As a greek myself, with a great interest in the history of our language, I would say that this scholarly work is excellent to the point of being nonpareil. It's thorough and covers the history of the language without leaving anything important out. It has pronounciation guides, so that phonetics can be traced as well, and it samples from very different genres of literature to show how language is used differently by different speakers. The one drawback is that it is heavy on linguistic terminology, so it is not to be read quickly. If you want a shorter and less formal history of Greek, I suggest Wendy Moleas "the Development of the Greek Language".

It really does give… Read more
A History of the Archaic Greek World, Ca. 1200-479&hellip by Jonathan M. Hall
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is quite different from your standard history books in that it is more concerned with the methods of historical inquiry than presenting facts. That is precisely what makes it an invaluable aid, because rather than just having lists of chronological events and assuming we know for sure what happened, it proceeds to examine various claims about this pre-classic age during which time very little was written down. Claims are treated not as facts versus fiction, but as more likely versus less likely.

It’s an excellent book for learning how to investigate this period and how to recognise the limits of what we can know. I recommend it highly to anyone interested in history,… Read more
4.0 out of 5 stars Must-see greek comedy, 3 Sep 2013
This is an interesting film about a wife who is a compulsive card player and gambler. She obsesses over good luck charms and jinxes, and does whatever she can to keep supporting her compulsive habits. Screen legend Kostas Voutsas plays her irresponsible son with a fondness for drinking and partying. It's basically a comedy of family intrigue and errors, where the husband's plans to get her to stop gamling goes wrong.

The wife is brilliantly played by Rena Vlachopoulou, who really gives the performance of somebody who believes her big break is just around the corner. It's funny, sweet, and I definitely recommend it to fans of greek cinema, even though the DVD only has some… Read more

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