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The History of Good Manners In Ancient Greece (Part F) Technical Tips : DVD and VHS Video Formats  (NEW)
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February Recipe:
Lenten Honey Cake

(Fat / Cholesterol Free)

Nistisimi Melotourta 10 servings

Although this delicious honey cake is traditionally served during the Lenten season, it can be enjoyed any time of the year.
2 cups unbleached flour
4 tsps. baking powder
1 tlbsp. pumkin pie spice*
1/2 cup white granulated or brown sugar
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup Honey (preferably Greek honey)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tblsps. Metaxa brandy (optional)
1 cup Raisins
1 tsp. grated orange rind

*Can also use 2 teaspoons masticha powder or a combination of 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 10-inch round cake pan (or two 8-x-4-inch loaf pans) with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. Place the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, sugar in a large bowl, and stir to mix well. Set aside
  3. Place the hot water in a medium-sized bowl, add the honey, and stir to dissolve. Stir in the vanilla and brandy (if using), and mix well.
  4. Add the honey mixture to the flour, and mix until the batter is smooth. Stir in the raisins and orange rid.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cake cool to room temperature before cutting into wedges and serving.
Nutritional Facts per serving:

Calories: 234
Carbohydrates: 57.1g
Cholesterol: 0
Fat: 0.3g
Fiber: 0.8g
Protein: 3.2g
Sodium: 137g

Excerpts from: "Secrets of Fat-free Greek Cooking", by Elaine Gavalas

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Technical Tips:
DVD and VHS video formats

One of the common questions sent to our customer service representatives is about the difference between PAL and NTSC DVDs or VHS tapes.

NTSC  is the format used in the following countries: USA, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Burma, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, Samoa, Taiwan, Tobago, Trinidad, Venezuela, Virgin Islands.

PAL is the format used in the rest of the world including Greece.

In addition to video format differences, DVDs introduced another geographical limitation, the zone. The DVD zones are:

0. No zone restriction (but the DVD is PAL or NTSC, not both)
1. US, Canada, US territories
2. Japan, western Europe, South Africa and the Middle East (including Egypt).
3. Southeast Asia and east Asia (including Hong Kong).
4. Australia, New Zealand, Pacific islands, Central America, South America and the Caribbean
5. Eastern Europe (including ex-USSR), Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea and Mongolia.
6. China
7. Reserved
8. Special international venues (planes, cruise ships). video titles and/or descriptions indicate the video format of each VHS or DVD product. Certain products are available in a hybrid form that includes both formats and no zone restriction. These are described as "All Zone" products.

VHS tapes formatted in NTSC or PAL cannot be viewed by a player not supporting the respective format. There is one exception which is the use of a multi-system VHS player. Many electronics manufacturers including SONY and SAMSUNG offer multi-system VHS players.

International DVDs can be viewed either on a multiregion DVD player or a personal computer (PC) equipped with a DVD player. Some of our customers have also used an XBOX DVD player to watch DVDs of either format and zone (zone restrictions apply as described on PCs). PCs are more flexible since they can display NTSC or PAL although they do have the zone limitation. The zone limitation can be bypassed using a variety of software that allows use of any zone DVD on the same computer.  Please do note that all PC DVD players BY DEFAULT are programmed to restrict the number  of zone changes on the same PC and this is why the use of third-party software is necessary to achieve zone independence.  PLEASE NOTE that does not support or endorse any such software nor recommend making changes to your PC or DVD players to facilitate the viewing of multiple DVD zones.
Watch Your Manners In Greece
The History of Good Manners In Ancient Greece (Part F)

Hospitality followed a certain ritual: when a guest reached the gates, the host welcomed him in person. He offered him a bath and a meal and allowed him to rest. Then, if the guest wished to, he answered questions concerning his identity, his descent, etc.

- Ancient Greeks enjoyed inviting friends, and even their friends' friends, for dinner. This custom spawned a special category of guests called parasites (para+sitos=wheat, grain, food in general). This word later on acquired a negative meaning, due to making this privilege into a habit. Plutarch wrote a whole chapter on how to use this privilege without exceeding the limits of good manners.

- In Plato's Symposium, Aristodemos narrates that he came across Socrates wearing a formal garment, and on discovering that the latter was on his way to Agathon's dinner party, decided to join him, even though he had no invitation. Socrates, preoccupied with a philosophical problem, was loitering on the way to the house, and Aristodemos (not noticing that the philosopher had stayed
behind) entered Agathon's house on his own. Even in this potentially awkward situation, however, Aristodemos was made welcome. The doors were flung wide open and a slave immediately showed him through to the dining room, where Agathon delightfully welcomed him, explaining that he had wanted to invite him personally but had been unable to track him down.

- Invitations were made by the dinner host writing on a wax board the guests' names, the date and time of the symposium. A slave would then visit all the guests' houses and show them the board. Dinner usually started at 9 o'clock.

- As soon as the guests arrived, slaves removed the newcomers' shoes and washed their feet.

- Ancient Greeks used to eat while lying on a sedan chair, leaning on one elbow and using their other hand to reach the food, which was placed before them on a small table.

Food would just suffice to take the edge off hunger, since gluttony was considered a serious flaw. It was also unheard of for someone to eat on his own - only the friendless had this pitiable and sorrowful privilege. They never used knifes and forks. Spoons were available, but they preferred replacing them with a piece of bread crust. They ate with their fingers; food was chopped in small pieces to facilitate gripping it. Tablecloths and napkins were un-known concepts. After eating, they wiped their hand with breadcrumbs or with a special glue which they moulded into small balls.

- Only men attended dinners or symposiums - concubines were an exception - since the discussion would be about philosophy and politics, incomprehensible and forbidden subjects for women and children.

- At family meals women sat on stools, and children only appeared during dessert. They stood or sat depending on their age and the family's custom.

- Wine was the Greek's favourite beverage. It was consumed after dinner, always mixed with water. Although they believed that drinking should be done in moderation, after a symposium only few were fortunate and sober enough to be able to hold their legs.

- They also favoured toasting. An example of a popular toast is: "Health, most blessed and venerable of all gods, may I live with you for the rest of my life, and may you be a merciful house-mate in my house."

- While dining they despised discussions of a sad or depressing nature: riddles were preferred. Whoever was unable to answer them was forced to drink a cup of wine.

- "Ostracism" was one of the hardest trials forced upon all those who acquired fame, glory and political power, and who were consequently prone to overthrowing democracy and setting up tyrannical regimes. The procedure was as such: each male citizen would write on an "ostrakon" (broken piece of pottery -and thus the naming of the procedure) the name of the person whom he thought should be exiled. He placed it in a fenced area at the agora.There, the archons would count them and whoever had most votes was condemned to a ten-year exile.

- One day, during a voting, an illiterate Athenian summoned Aristeides, and without knowing who he was, asked him to write "Aristeides" on the ostrakon.The astonished politician wanted to know ifAristeides had done him any wrong. "No, nothing," he replied, "I'm just tired of constantly hearing people crying out that he is the just."

- The figures of the dead were sculpted on tomb stones and their words inscribed on epigraphs. They all seemed young and beautiful, since no Greek wished to represent his ancestors as old and sick. The ascendants should always see their dead relatives as they appeared during the best years of their life. Men were usually portrayed next to their slaves.

- Over some graves, tall lekythoi (vials) silently announced that beneath them lay the corpses of boys of girls who never lived to see their wedding day. Such lekythoi were used for carrying water from the miraculous fountain of Kalliroe to purify the grooms before the wedding.

- Both Ancient and contemporary Greeks have a similar connection to their dead. It is interesting to note that the modern Greek word for funeral, "kideia," literally means "to take care of"

- Contrary to our western civilisation, which calls for a silent and introverted expression of grief towards our beloved's loss, Ancient Greeks tolerated and even looked forward to explicit manifestations of grief.

Literature often tells of men and women pulling out their hair, tearing their clothes apart, beating and bruising their chests, rolling and crying on the ground and abstaining from food for many days ... this is exactly what Achilles does in the Iliad, when he mourns for the death of his friend Patroklos.

to be continued...

Excerpt from "Watch Your Manners In Greece" by Christos K. Zampounis

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  Featured Destination: Sounion & Lavrio

sounionThe Sunium headland is the southernmost point of Attica. On the steep rock which towers over the sea all around the Athenians established a sanctuary dedicated to Poseidon, god of the sea. A little further to the north, Athena was worshipped, and thus the two deities who had once competed for the possession of Athens were able to coexist in harmony at the city's most distant point. This was a place of worship in the Geometric period, while in the Archaic period the two sanctuaries had already acquired importance, as can be seen from the votive offerings. Among these, many fragments of kouroi of the sixth century BC have been found; after the destruction wrought by the Persians in 480 BC, these were gathered together by the Athenians in sacred receptacles (National Archaeological Museum). In the late sixth century BC, the first poros and peripteral temple to Poseidon was built in the Doric style. This was destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC and replaced in the time of Pericles (444 - 440 BC) with a marble peripteral Doric temple (6 x 13 columns), with two columns in antis in the pronaos and opisthodomos. it owed its design to the same architect who built the Temple of Nemesis at Rhamnous, while there are many similarities with the Hephaesteion in the Agora at Athens and the Temple of Ares at Acharnes in Attica. On the friezes there are scenes from the battle of the Centaurs, the battle of the Giants and the labours of Theseus. There was a masonry enceinte around the temple with a gateway in the north side and colonnades in the interior. In 412 BC, Sunium was fortified and the wall included the sanctuary of Poseidon. This was necessary for the security of Athenian ships carrying corn during the Peloponnesian War. The fortress, one of the five most important in Attica, was manned by a permanent guard. in the third century BC, the ramparts and docks were reinforced. In the sanctuary of Athena, in an enceinte, a temple in the form of a simple cella with four interior supports was built in the Archaic period. In 460 - 450 BC, rows of Ionic columns were added on its east and south sides. The members of this temple were taken in the Roman period to the Agora of Athens for the construction of the South-eastern temple. in the peribolos there is another small temple with two columns in its facade. This was older than the Temple of Athena, but it is not known what its dedication was. The north-western corner of the peribolos was intersected by another, elliptic, peribolos, where in all probability the hero Phrontis was worshipped. According to Homer, Phrontis, the helmsman of King Menelaus, was killed by Apollo and buried in the area. Sunium, with its marvellous view and the glorious sunsets which can be seen here, has long attracted travellers from all over the world. One of these was Lord Byron, who thought fit to commemorate his visit by carving his name on the entrance to the Temple of Poseidon.


In the middle of the 19th century, on the orders of the Greek government, the metallurgist A. Kordellas studied the area and proved that the ancient mines could be exploited. Based on this study, the city of Laurio was created in 1864 as a gigantic metal workshop of different companies with the leading positions ta­ken by a Greek and a French company. Mining took place for a century and was stopped in 1965. This enterprise became the first large industrial complex of Greece.

Laurio is a new city. It was established in 1864 as "Ergasteria" and was initially built around the new mining companies. Gradually, as industry, particularly mining and metal working, developed so did the city. It had a new city plan which included the residential areas in which the metal workers and miners lived. The areas of the city have retained the names which used to indicate the descent of the workers (Italika, Roumanika, Spaniolika [Spanish], Santoriniaka etc).

Laurio has rightly been called "the backdrop of the film world" as many films, documentaries and ads have been shot there. In the last few years, following a period of rapid de-industrialisation, the city has entered a new phase of gradual, stable growth which was achieved by important changes in its economy. The port is developing into one of national significance, while the city is dynamic in the fields of commerce, services and tourism. The visitor to Laurio can find many places for entertainment or simply to have a meal.

Finally, there are two museums in the city: the Archaeological Museum (10:00- 13:00) open daily except Mondays (tel. 22920­22817) and the Mining Museum (open Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 - 12:00, tel. 22920-26270).

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