“Greek” and the threat of “Ellenic” in “Anglophone” concepts


“A Don’s Life”, by Mary Beard – published in TLS on December 16th, 2008


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And reading this eight years later, short of a month or so.

The “dreadfull riots” of the time, were indeed sparked by the ><deplorable murder>< of the 15-year-old student, by a 37-year old “police-man”, at Exarchia, on the 6th of December, 2008.

Now, I know the Anglophone joke about “it’s all Greek to me”, however, I Am quite certain that Mary Beard, since it was JUST the one child that was shot-dead, could handle the one Greek name, (plus his surname) : ><Alexandros Gregoropoulos><.

Even AT the time, it was clear to so many of us, the realization that, the atrocious “cowboy” like – “die hard” action of the police force, to engage in a gun discharge, within the streets of Athens, during the festive period of Christmas, on a Saturday’s night outing of Mediterranean teenagers,
was provocation for something big to come.

Ofcourse noone, again AT the time, could possibly fathom “what” and “how” big that putsch was and still is, at the time I am writing this words down.

It is interesting how a person living in a place where “precedent” IS the “LAW” that abides everything in its realm, becomes so sarcastic when it comes to those “Greeks”, which one must fear even when “they bear gifts”.

What is also interesting is that the phrase, “fear the Greeks” does not say “Greeks”, it says “Dorians”, which


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