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Preorder the most requested collector’s item, the official Athens 2004 DVD set!

 

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This is a four DVD set that includes the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Highlights of the Games, a presentation of the Greek Athletes, and a 68 page Photo Album.

Estimated shipping date from our California shipping center: December 20, 2004


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This set is in Greek without subtitles. The included photo album is in Greek only, The DVDs are Region 2 / PAL encoded for use in Europe. To view these DVDs in the US you will need a multi-region DVD player or a computer with DVD player. Greekshops.com is currently offering a multi-region DVD player at the amazing price of 69.95! This DVD player will play all zones and DVDs from anywhere in the world.

The DVD set is going to be shipping on December 20, 2004. If you need it for a Christmas gift please specify that you need Express Service when ordering. By requesting Express Service you agree to pay the additional cost of UPS Next Day or Second Day service cost which varies per location. Next day service for one DVD set ranges between $30-$40, and Second Day between $16 - $20.

We currently have no information on a US or NTSC version of this set.

PRODUCT INFORMATION:

  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Highlights From the Games
  • Greek Athletes & Their Greatest Moments
  • Closing Ceremonies
  • DVD Set includes a 68 page photo album illustrating various athletes, events, and glorious moments of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games
 This Month 
The History of Good Manners In Ancient Greece (Part D) Featured Destination: Astypalea
What's New!!!! December Recipe.
Saint Namedays in December. Subscription Information.
Suggestions & Comments.    
Stuffed Tomatoes

December Recipe:
Shrimp - Filled Filo Rolls


Makes 18 to 20 pieces
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Saltsa Besamel
3 tlbsp. Muscat wine
1/3 cup Fresh lemon juice
12 oz. Uncooked shrimp, shelled, devined, and coarsely chopped
3 tlbsp. chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup Chopped fresh chives
9 to 10 Sheets filo dough, commercial or homemade, quartered to make 9 - x 7 inch. rectangles for commercial dough or 7-x 6inch. for homemade
  Olive oil or melted butter, for oiling the filo
1 egg yolk Beaten with 1/2 tlbsp. water (optional)
Preparation:
  1. Place the saltsa besamel, wine, lemon juice, shrimp, dill, and chives in a medium - size bowl and stir to mix.
     
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Very lightly oil a baking sheet.
     
  3. Brush a rectangle of filo lightly with oil. Place about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the shrimp mixture in a narrow strip along the long side of the rectangle, and spread it out of the full length. Roll the filo once over the shrimp, then continue rolling until the filled dough is in one long roll. Starting from one end of the roll, turn the roll into itself, continuing round and round to make a coil. Place the coil on the prepared baking sheet, seam side down. Lightly oil the top of the roll with oil, and brush it with the egg wash, if using. Repeat with the remaining filo sheets until all the mixture is used.
     
  4. Bake until crisp and golden on top, 20 minutes. Serve right away or at room temperature.

Excerpts from: "The Olive and The Caper - Adventures in Greek Cooking"


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Watch Your Manners In Greece
The History of Good Manners In Ancient Greece (Part D)

At home, the teacher (pedagogue) was responsible for teaching the boy good manners: a child was not allowed to converse with his elders or laugh out loud. He was also not allowed to sit cross-legged nor support his head with his hands.

In Sparta the nurses taught the children not to make noises while eating, not to be afraid of the dark, never to cry or scream or show anger and fury. They also taught them to step aside when the elderly passed them in the street and to stand up when anyone more senior entered the room.

In Athens, hesitation was a most appropriate attitude for youngsters. In front of elderly people, a young man should stand silent, answer only when asked a question, and always in a low voice. Speaking loudly was contemptible sign of bad manners. "Prudence" was then name given to all the above merits.

Physical exercise was of great importance and bodily perfection - as seen in statues and vases was worshipped. Gymnasiums were places were people gathered daily and love stories were woven.

The highest honor for an athlete was to win at the Olympic games. The cities dedicated statues to their Olympic winners. They also symbolically tore down a part of the city walls, so that the winner could enter the city on return from the Games.

What was the connection between Ancient Greeks and work? Simply, none Aristotle even explained, "Leisure is the presupposition for civilised life." What we conceive today as a "waste of time" was unknown to the Ancient Greeks. This, of course, applied to those living in the city and in particular those who were more affluent. A look into Aristophanes' comedies, especially in parts where the farmers of Attica are mentioned, shows that plenty of spare time was necessity for those who wished to become involved with politics.

Ancient Greek ate twice a day: they took a light meal, known as "ariston," and dinner "deipnon," which was their main meal. They didn't just eat for the sake of it, and dining was of particular social importance, since the main course was discussion and companionship.

to be continued...
Excerpt from "Watch Your Manners In Greece" by Christos K. Zampounis
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The Philosopher's Kitchen - Recipes from Ancient Greece & Rome For the Modern Cook
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 Food
Ion Chocolate With Hazelnut
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Yiotis - Profiteroles With Real Chocolate
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Dinata Peta Eleni
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Pios Ise Dimitriou Antzela
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Special Edition CD + DVD Alkeos Giorgos
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Sto Kokkino - Platinum Edit.+ Bonus DVD & 4 New Songs Kokkinou Elli
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 Featured Destination: Astypalea


Photo of AstypaleaThis most western of the Dodecanese has had many names: lchthyoessa (abun. dant in fish) in ancient times; Stampalia or Astropalia, as the locals call it today. The name Astypalaia means "old city".

A mountainous island with an indented coastline concealing numerous delightful coves, Astypalaia (or Astipalea) in fact resembles two islands joined by a ribbon of land only 105 metres wide.

The main village is Hora or Astypalaia, built up the side of a steep hill, and presided over by the massive, austere remains of a Venetian castle. Its small, square houses, painted white with brightly coloured doors and windows, follow the contours of the hill in an almost unbroken band down to the sea. So closely are they packed that the walls of the uppermost houses form part of the outer fortifications of the castle.

A row of windmills on the pass of the hill provides an additional picturesque note.

One enters the castle from the southwest side of the hill. Inside it are two churches, dedicated to St. George and to the Annunciation (Evangelismos). The former contains a noteworthy carved iconostasis.

Below the castle stands the 18th century church of Our Lady Portaitissa, one of the most beautiful in the Dodecanese. It too has an impressive iconostasis, covered with gold leaf.

Livadia, Analips! and Vathi are charming fishing hamlets on the south and north coast of the island, while among its many beaches, Tria Marmara, Schinontas and Vathi stand out.

 

 Travel Guides, Videos, and DVDs

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Greece - Travel Guide

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Greece Destination Travel & Experience the World
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Road Map of Greece

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City Map of Athens & Piraeus Deluxe Edition
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Road Map of Imathia

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 Saints' Namedays in December

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

 

 
1

Theoklitou
2

Muropis
3 4

Varvaras
5

Savva
6

Nikolaou

7

Amvrosiou

8 9

Agias Annis

10 11

12

Spuridonos

13

Eustratiou / Loukias

14

 

15

Eleutheriou

16

 

17

Daniel / Dionysiou Zakunthou

18

Sevastianou & Zois

19

Aglaias

20

Ignatiou

21

Themistokleous

22

Anastasias

23 24

Eugenias

25

CHRISTMAS DAY

26

Emmanouil / Synaksi Theotokou

27

Stefanou
 

28

 

29 30 31    


Icons depicting the celebrated Saint, make great gifts for namedays.
Shop among our great collection of icons at our store. Also available, namedays, birthday, holiday, and special occasion greeting cards.

Gold and Silver Icons Hand Painted Icons Icons by Zafiris
Gold and Silver Icons
 
Hand painted Icons
 
Icons by Zafiris
 
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Complete biographies of Orthodox Saints are now available.
 

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