Dear Traveler,

As December unfolds its wintry embrace, we find ourselves at the threshold of a month that beckons us to explore the timeless values and linguistic marvels rooted in the cradle of civilization—ancient Greece.

In this month’s newsletter – “Reproducing ancient Greek values” we embark on a cultural odyssey, unraveling the threads of ancient Greek philosophy, the historic Marathon run, and the linguistic tapestry that shapes our political and social discourse today.

As we tread the path of historical significance, the month of November in Athens pays homage to the epic Marathon run—a testament to human endurance, valor, and the enduring spirit of perseverance. Join us in tracing the footsteps of ancient warriors and reflecting on how this historic event transcends time, becoming a symbol of resilience and determination.

Ancient Greek values, characterized by their intellectual rigor and philosophical depth, continue to cast a profound shadow over the corridors of human thought.

From the pursuit of excellence (arete) to the harmony of the soul (eudaimonia), these timeless principles offer a compass for navigating the complexities of contemporary life.

We also invite you to explore with us the etymology of terms like ‘politics,’ ‘polis,’ ‘cosmopolitan,’ ‘metropolis,’ ‘police,’ and ‘monopoly.’ Each word, a linguistic gem hailing from the Greek language, carries with it the echoes of a civilization that laid the foundations for democracy, governance, and civic order.

Wishing you a December filled with the warmth of intellectual delights, cultural revelations, and the timeless wisdom of ancient Greece.


Sincerely yours,


Elena Papanicolaou


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