20 April 2017

Read my latest interview (Miltiades Varvounis: About Polishness and his new book), here: http://www.polonorama.com/index.php/aktualnoci/wywiady/2929-miltiades-varvounis-o-swojej-nowej-ksiazce-ale-i-o-polskosci

25 December 2016

Merry Christmas! And do not forget to order my new book from Amazon and other bookstores, Made in Poland: The Women and Men Who Changed the World!


19 September 2016

Read my latest article in Polish: http://www.polonorama.com/index.php/rozmaitoci/wasze-artykuy/2556-miltiades-varvounis-zly-zachod-biedny-islam-i-ojkofobia

1 June 2016

Read my latest interview by Carrie Gress (National Catholic Register)                                                                 http://www.ncregister.com/blog/cgress/the-warrior-king-who-saved-europe-from-islam

1 April 2016

For Polish readers,my new article about the mentality of Leftists.
http://polonorama.com/index.php/rozmaitoci/wasze-artykuy/2230-jak-mysla-lewicowcy-miltiades-varvounis

31 January 2016

For Greek readers, my new article about the Hedonism in the Ottoman world. Enjoy!

6 January 2016

My new article about manor houses and castles in central Lithuania!

26 December  2015

My Xmas article about Kara Mustafa Pasha, the Ottoman grand vizier who wanted to subdue the West in 1683. http://gatesofvienna.net/2015/12/kara-mustafa-the-greatest-threat-the-west-has-ever-faced/

14 November 2015

12 September 2015

You all know what happened on that day in 1683...(Miltiades Varvounis in the 'Sobieski Room' - Vatican Museums).

25 August 2015

An interesting link about a French fairytale chateau, owned by the wife of Jan Sobieski. http://www.intohistory.com/chateau-de-prye-nevers/ 

13 July 2015 

Read my new article about the Roma in Lithuania (new issue - Jul/Aug - of Lithuanian Heritage)

8 June 2015

A link in Polish about the loss of the legendary Polish submarine ORP Orzel (8 June 1940). http://historykon.pl/8-czerwca-1940-roku-polski-okret-podwodny-orp-orzel-nie-powrocil-planowo-do-brytyjskiego-portu-po-czym-zostal-uznany-za-utracony/

6 May 2015

Polish presidential elections are coming soon. Read my interview (in Polish) about why Pawel Kukiz is the best choice for the office. http://www.polonorama.com/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1794%3Am-varvounis-przyszo-z-kukizem-jest-przyszoci-dla-polski&catid=65%3Aspoeczno-polska-w-grecji&Itemid=600&lang=pl 

9 April 2015

My new text (Visegrad Insight) about the historical development of Russia and why the Russian state has always been a threat against the West. Check this link: http://visegradinsight.eu/russia-a-threat-against-europe-forever01042015/

26 March 2015

My new article about a Byzantine chronicler's description on medieval Lithuania. 

14 March 2015

Don't miss my new article in Greek about the Albanian King Zog I! 

27 February 2015

Read my new article How Islam influenced Polish civilization - http://visegradinsight.eu/sarmatism-and-polands-national-consciousness26022015/ 

10 February 2015

Discover the Ottoman scientific heritage!  http://www.muslimheritage.com/article/ottoman-contributions-science-and-technology

15 January 2015

My new timely article on Jan Sobieski's legacy. Remember, Je suis Jan Sobieski! http://visegradinsight.eu/coffee-croissants-and-the-halt-of-islam15012015/

17 December 2014

600 years of Polish-Turkish relations. http://culture.pl/en/event/600-years-of-turkish-polish-relations-in-istanbul 

28 November 2014

Read my new article about the Lithuanian Baroque World at the new issue of the Lithuanian Heritage! http://www.draugasnews.org/Lithuanian_Heritage_Nov_Dec_2014_cover.jpg 

19 November 2014

Polish philosophy -  A quote by Jan Kochanowski. 

4 November 2014

With my beloved wife at the War Museum in Athens, after my speech.  

30 October 2014

I am waiting for you at the War Museum in Athens at 19:30, where I am going to give a speech about the Warsaw Uprising '44. 

12 October 2014

Fans of history have the chance to read my text about the importance of Polish Civilization. Check this link! https://www.academia.edu/8691716/WHY_IS_THE_POLISH_CIVILIZATION_IMPORTANT 

18 September 2014

I welcome fans of history to join my new Facebook group Turcograecia, which deals with the civilizations of Greece and Turkey. Join now!  

7 September 2014

Another good review for my book Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe, this time from the well known author Conrad Johnson. You can find his review at Goodreads and at this website: http://writersalive.com/

In addition, you can check his work at his Amazon's profile: http://www.amazon.com/Conrad-Johnson/e/B005GOX2Q4/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1410104664&sr=1-2-ent

4 September 2014

Promoting Hungarian history to the Greek readers. My new article about the celebrated Corvinus Library. Enjoy! 

12 August 2014

R.I.P Robin Williams. See you on the other side. 

31 July 2014

Greek readers have the chance to read my latest review on a book that deals with the foreign rule in Greece during 1944-1974. http://nblo.gs/YQwAx  

16 July 2014

Do not miss my new article about the famous Polish poet Maciej Sarbiewski from the July-August issue of Lithuanian Heritage

25 June 2014

Congratulations to the Greek football national team for their qualification to the next round in FIFA World Cup 2014! Costa Rica is next! 

9 June 2014

The FIFA World Cup 2014 begins in a few days! I hope the best for the Greek national team. Unfortunately, Poland did not make it to the finals. But let us refresh our memory about Poland's nicest goals in the previous FIFA World Cups. Enjoy!

8 May 2014

Fans of WWII and Greek history should read the following text:

Athens in the Second World War (Open group in Facebook)

A guided walking tour of Athenian sites relating to events of WWII and its immediate aftermath, the brief civil war in Athens, during December 1944 (Dekemvriana), given by expert Greek historians. 

Tours given in English, Polish or German. Minimum participation: 5 persons - Duration: 2 hours 

Further information and bookings by e-mail (athens.historians@gmail.com)

30 April 2014

A few words of mine about Poland for my readers.

"Not everyone knows Poland's cultural achievements. However, it is impossible to imagine the world without Polish civilization, without our arts, science, liberalism, religious tolerance, music and literature." (Miltiades Varvounis)

26 April 2014

I want to thank the travel company JTB Greece Ltd., one of her employees - Sylwia Koleusz, and the Greek-Polish Association Egida for the chance to win a free 2-night stay (22-24 April) in the wonderful Hotel Arion at the "Center of the Earth", Dephi. For more information check the following sites: http://www.jtb.gr/en/about-us and http://www.ariondelphihotel.com/

19 April 2014

Happy Easter! 

18 April 2014

Finally! You can watch the full movie about the Battle of Vienna on YouTube! 

4 April 2014

Don't miss Manuel Rosa's lecture!

27 March 2014

In the new issue (March-April) of Lithuanian Heritage, you can read my new article about the Lithuanian Tatars and Karaims. 

17 March 2014

Crimea has become a part of Russia. So, is secession the answer for some enthic groups? Find out here: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/secession-answer-case-catalonia-flanders-scotland/ 

7 March 2014

Invited by the Hungarian Embassy of Athens, I went yesterday to the piano recital performed by Junior Prima Primissima award winner Hungarian pianist Janos Balazs. It was a wonderful evening and I also had the chance to talk with Hungarian and Polish men/women of letters and art. In the photo: Mr. Janos Balazs  

4  March 2014

Just a few minutes ago, I received an e-mail which contains the text of the dramatic appeal concerning the latest events in Ukraine and in Kharkiv, signed by the President of Kharkiv Historico-Philological Society, Professor Ihor Mykhailyn, PhD, DLitt. and the Permament Secretary, Assistant Professor Serhii Vakulenko, PhD. Unfortunately, for the time being the text in English is only available in one blog! Please circulate it among your contacts and the Media. You can read the text of the appeal here: http://blogs.mediapart.fr/blog/anne-brunswic/040314/kharkiv-lextreme-droite-sevit-sur-les-deux-bords

19 February 2014

My message to the brave Ukrainian people - We (Greek and Poles) are ONE with you! We stand with you and not with Yanukovych and his corrupt and tyrannical government. I wish you all the best of luck in your peaceful struggle for democracy, human rights and freedom!

13 February 2014

Please check out a new blog about the fascinating Polish and Ottoman worlds: http://poloniaottomanica.blogspot.com.tr/

2 February 2014

Great news for Lithuanian readers! Manuel Rosa's book about the Polish-Lithuanian origins of Columbus has been translated into Lithuanian! For those who want to read this fascinating theory by the expert on the subject, Manuel Rosa, you can pre-order the book  Kolumbas - Atskleistoji istorija  from this link: http://kolumbas-rosa.blogspot.gr/2014/01/pre-order-book-kolumbas-atskleistoji.html  

28 January 2014

Last week I visited Salonica (Thessaloniki), the second largest city of Greece. I went to visit the Ataturk Museum, the house where the founder of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, was born. Even though Ataturk has a bad reputation among Greeks, I have to admit that he was a great political leader who managed to transform Turkey in the 1920s from an Islamic empire into a secular republic.

24 January 2014

In the last issue of Moj Lask you can read my memories about my beloved Polish grandparents.  

11 January 2014

Those who are interested in maps and geography, they should definitely check Andrew Kapochunas' great website Lithuanian Maps. There, you will find everything you need to know about Lithuanian Cartography. http://www.lithuanianmaps.com/ 

10 January 2014

I cannot wait to read the new book Blood Profits - The Lithium Conspiracy by J. Victor Tomaszek and Jim Patrick! Their work is about the wars being fought today and why countries commit young people to fight such wars for reasons other than a moral compass. For more information check this link: http://www.bloodprofits.com/ 

20 December 2013

Do you agree? 

14 December 2013

My latest article about Lithuanian Cartography for the new issue of Lithuanian Heritage. In the background of the photo you can see the famous Radziwill map of Lithuania (1613).  

5 December 2013

Don't miss my new article for the most popular historical magazine in Greece about the Polish Golden Age (16th century)! 

4 December 2013

Greek readers can check my latest book review at the most popular Greek webpage about history of Greece: http://networkedblogs.com/Rgr1m 

24 November 2013

I just came back from Budapest, considered to be the most beautiful city in the world. And it is! A city of dreams split into two by the grand Danube: Buda has a medieval and a baroque atmosphere, while Pest has an Austro-Hungarian imperial character. But what impressed me the most was Budapest's national monuments. Everywhere you could see statues of famous Hungarians, coat of arms of Hungarian Statehood in various buildings, flags etc. Keep in mind that the impressive Parliament has 90 statues! Budapest is not just a cultural city but a place with a strong national character, a proof which shows how the Hungarians respect their past more than everybody else. Forget Paris or Barcelona! Don't miss the opportunity to visit this unique metropolis!

9 November 2013

A new article of mine (in Polish) published in Historykon. It is about the greatest adventurer of the 16th century, Jacob Basilicus, Greek ruler of Moldova during 1561-1563! http://historykon.pl/jakub-basilicus-wielki-awanturnik-i-wladca-moldawii-1561-1563/

7 November 2013  

Tygodnik Atenski (nr. 115), the newspaper of Polonia in Greece, has a detailed article about the conference regarding the 330th Anniversary of the Battle of Vienna, written by the notable Polish journalist Anna M. Leonhard. Available in the Athenian kiosks until 13th November!

4 November 2013

Greek readers: Don't miss the latest issue of Istoria Eikonografimeni, which has one article of mine - Jerzy Iwanow Szajnowicz. Also, for my American and Lithuanian friends and readers, the latest issue of Lithuanian Heritage has my article about Lithuanian Cartography. Enjoy!

31 October 2013

A photograph from the conference about the 330th anniversary of the Battle of Vienna. It was a wonderful experience, and a privilege to be among notable Polish historians such as Krzysztof Jabłonka (author of the best seller Wielkie Bitwy Polakow) and Robert Stepaniuk. Thank you to all those who came to listen to our speeches. My compliments to the organizers for this unforgettable conference!

24 October 2013

Don't forget to attend my speech in the upcoming conference regarding the 330th anniversary of the Battle of Vienna. For more details check the News link.  Thank you!

2 October 2013

In a few days, new Andrzej Wajda's movie Walesa: Man of Hope will have the exclusive world premiere in Poland. You can watch the trailer here:  

23 September 2013

I want to congratulate the Lithuanian National Basketball Team for their silver medal in the Eurobasket 2013. Unfortunately Greece and Poland did not qualify to the best 8 teams of the tournament. Again, bravo Lietuva!

12 September 2013

Read my interview (in Polish and in Greek) at Polonorama about the 330th anniversary of the Battle of Vienna 1683. http://www.polonorama.com/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1531%3Amiltiades-varvounis-330rocznica-bitwy-pod-wiedniem&catid=65%3Aspoeczno-polska-w-grecji&Itemid=600&lang=pl 

11 September 2013

My new article (in Polish) about the Battle of Vienna 1683 has appeared in Gazeta Polska, one of the most popular newspapers in Poland. Check the link here: http://www.gazetapolska.pl/29315-venimus-vidimus-deus-vincit 

6 September 2013

Greek readers should not miss my latest article in Istoria Eikonografimeni about the bloody civil war in Samos island (1947-49).  

30 August 2013

I received the latest issue of Lithuanian Heritage, which has my article on Georg Forster, Captain Cook's naturalist. Forster was in Lithuania during 1784-1787, and he had left many notes regarding the daily life in Vilnius. 

23 August 2013

Today is the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, observed annually by the bodies of the European Union since 2009. For more information, check this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Day_of_Remembrance_for_Victims_of_Stalinism_and_Nazism 

21 August 2013

Yesterday the St. Stephen's Day was celebrated in Hungary, a public holiday which the proud Hungarians celebrated the foundation of the Magyar state 1013 years ago. My warm greetings to my friend Nikolett Hegyesi and the whole Magyar nation.

13 August 2013

Recently, I received Katip Celebi's Cihannuma (Universal Geography), the first printed book of maps and drawings to appear in the Islamic (Ottoman) world. Celebi is regarded as one of the most productive authors of non-religious scientific literature in the 17th century Ottoman Empire. His great work should enrich everyone's personal library.  

4 August 2013

Admirers of Cartography and especially of Piri Reis' work should take a look at the Official Site of Piri Reis Mapmaker of the world documentary, a project supported by the Turkish Ministry of Culture: http://www.pirireismovie.com/

27 July 2013

Promoting the Saski 2018 project (to rebuild the Saski Palace in Warsaw which was destroyed by the Germans in WWII). With me are representatives from the Polonia community of Athens. For further information check this link: http://saski2018.pl/ 

18 July 2013

My friend Cuma Barak has left Greece, but he promised to come back. Now, it is my turn to visit him in Gaziantep, Turkey. 

8 July 2013

Today, I am going to meet Cuma Barak from the University of Gaziantep. He will be my guest for the next few days, and I will have the chance to show him the hidden secrets of Athens! 

30 June 2013

Read my new article on Memnon of Rhodes, rival of Alexander the Great, at Historykon, a new and promising Polish historical website: http://historykon.pl/memnon-z-rodos-najbardziej-niebezpieczny-przeciwnik-aleksandra-wielkiego/  

26 June 2013

Read my review on Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies here (in Greek): http://networkedblogs.com/MyOF9  

12 June 2013

Rest in Peace, Alex...you will be missed old buddy... 

6 June 2013

Dear Turks, You are managing to do something that many would deem not possible! I express my solidarity and I wish you much success with your democratic protests. Ad Victoriam!

4 June 2013

New Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe review by James Barasch, Tufts University! http://tufts.uloop.com/news/view.php/85043/jan-sobieski-the-king-who-saved-europe-a-book-review

30 May 2013

Yesterday I attended Dr. Nicolaos Nicoloudis's speech regarding the Fall of Constantinople (29 May 1453). He gave a great speech, and those who came learned a lot about this epic siege that changed the world.

26 May 2013

My new article (in Greek and Polish) about the greatest adventurer of the 18th century, Beniowski, is available at this link: http://www.polonorama.com/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1471%3Amaurycy-beniowski-1746-1786-krol-madagaskaru&catid=49%3Apoznaj-sawnych-polakow&Itemid=559&lang=el

24 May 2013

Readers from Greece can check my new article about the current political situation in Greece at this link: http://plentertainment.eu/?p=1022 

8 May 2013

Greek readers shoud be aware of the new article by Dr. Nicolaos Nicoloudis on Archbishop Leonardos of Chios and his account about the Fall of Constantinople 1453, available on the latest issue of the magazine Istoria Eikonografimeni.  

28 April 2013

You can read a review for my book Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe in Narod Polski/Polish Nation's link:  http://www.prcua.org/narodpolski/_NarodPolskiDigitalSubscriber/narodDSRelease.pdf

18 April 2013

Surprisingly, there is an article regarding the indiscriminate use of "Nazi" from the April issue of History Today. You can read the article here: http://www.historytoday.com/richard-overy/goodbye-nazis. And you can read my article (in Greek) about the same topic, written one month ago, here: http://plentertainment.eu/?p=747

10 April 2013

The Lithuania Tribune has a detailed article about Manuel Rosa's theory on Columbus's Lithuanian origins. My name is mentioned in the last paragraphs of the article. Enjoy! http://www.lithuaniatribune.com/31724/christopher-columbuss-true-identity-unmasked-a-lithuanian-prince-201331724/

2 April 2013

Unfortunately, Greek neo-nazi party Golden Dawn is planning to expand "wherever are the Greeks". English-speaking readers can find out more on this link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/01/greece-golden-dawn-global-ambitions while my friends from Poland can check this link: http://swiat.newsweek.pl/greccy-neonazisci-ruszaja-w-swiat,103076,1,1.html

27 March 2013 

Battle of Vienna, directed by Renzo Martinelli, was promptly bashed by Polish audiences and critics alike. Vievers were convinced that it was the worst movie they have ever seen in their lives.

So, is it the worst movie ever made? No. But definitely it was a great missed chance for the Poles, along with Italians, to make a fascinating epic movie about a battle and a king who saved Europe. The Polish media complained about Battle of Vienna's lack of real plot, mediocre special effects and paper-thin characters. Were the media right? Yes and no. Regarding the CGI, in some scenes they looked more like a 90s video game, but in general the special effects were decent. About the plot and the characters, well what can you expect from a movie with a runtime...of less than 2 hrs? And that is the main problem of Battle of Vienna. Its short runtime of 115 min!! Keep in mind that when you deal with the greatest siege and battle of all time, the viewer wish to see a truly epic production with a runtime of almost 3 hrs. Do not forget epic movies such as Alexander (175 min, final cut 214 min), Troy (163 min, director's cut 196 min), Kingdom of Heaven (144 min, director's cut 192 min), Fetih 1453 (160 min), Gladiator (155 min, extended edition 171 min) and Ogniem i Mieczem (175 min). Surprisingly, another historical movie made by Martinelli, Barbarossa, has a decent runtime of 139 min (200 min for 2 parts on TV), while Ironclad, which also dealt with a story of a siege, has at least a runtime of 121 min, a few more minutes than Battle of Vienna!! Obviously, Martinelli and his Italian scriptwriters did not understand the significance of 1683 events, that they dealt with an epic moment in history of humanity. So, no wonder why the final result of Battle of Vienna was disappointing. But there is still hope. The producers plan to release on Polish and Italian TV, 5 episodes of the movie. But again, I wonder why there could not be an extended version with a runtime of at least 150-160 min.

Anyway, let's forget the issue of runtime and let's focus on the movie. In general Battle of Vienna keeps a good balance between action and substance. However, you cannot feel the dramatic moments of the siege or the battle, while the action highlights cannot fascinate the viewer. In addition, Jan Sobieski was given so little screen time and that is unacceptable as he was the main hero of the battle, saving Europe from the Muslims. Martinelli chose the Italian friar Marco D'Aviano to be the hero of the story. Well, surprisingly the connection between D'Aviano and the Ottoman commander, Kara Mustafa, worked perfectly despite Sobieski's absence on the screen. It is obvious that the humble monk has similarities with Jesus Christ, while on the other hand, arrogant Kara Mustafa represents militaristic Islam. The scene where the two heroes finally meet, is the highlight of the movie. Actually, Battle of Vienna had some interesting scenes, especially these with Kara Mustafa involved. 

Despite some promising scenes and well acting by Enrico Lo Verso and F. Murray Abraham, Battle of Vienna failed to impress the Polish audience, unlike Fetih 1453 which was a success in Turkey. I guess a remake is needed. But let's wait how the mini series version will look like with a possible runtime of 220-300 min(?).hfeadthhe Battle of Vienna (Bitw

22 March 2013

Greek readers can read my latest article about the WWII problematic term "Nazi" at this link: http://plentertainment.eu/?p=747 

17 March 2013

You can read my latest article (in Polish and Greek) on Jan Kochanowski, the greatest poet in the 16th century, at this link: http://www.polonorama.com/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1408:jan-kochanowski-1530-1584-polski-homer&catid=49:poznaj-sawnych-polakow&Itemid=559&lang=pl 

15 March 2013

You can read my review on Jim Tomaszek's fascinating novel The Tatra Eagle at the official website of Rounfire Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing. Check the link here: http://www.roundfire-books.com/books/tatra-eagle-the

11 March 2013

Read my review (in Greek) on Albrecht Berger's latest book about Constantinople at this link: http://www.istorikathemata.com/2013/03/Albrecht-Berger-Constantinople-history-topography-relijion.html 

8 March 2013

Well, here it comes my (American) friends, a new episode of Museum Secrets about the Polish-Lithuanian winged hussars. My friend and re-enactor Rik Fox is in it, and as an expert on the winged hussars, he will explain the tactics of the most formidable cavalry of all time. Please make a note and watch for this episode! Premiere: Thursday 14 March at 9PM California time (History Channel).

4 March 2013

Polish Times has a positive review for my book on Jan Sobieski. You can check it here: http://www.mypolishtimes.com/index.php/news/1073-jan-sobieski-the-king-who-saved-europe-44-2012 

2 March 2013

300: Rise of an Empire is a forthcoming 2013 Hollywood film. The film centers on Xerxes I of Persia and Themistocles, and will also focus on the Battles of Artemisium and Salamis. Excited? For further information check here: http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/729957/2013-movie-preview-300-rise-of-an-empire/ 

22 February 2013

Today I received the latest issue of Lithuanian Heritage magazine with my article "Was Columbus a Lithuanian Prince?" as well as my interview with the pioneer of this fascinating theory, Manuel Rosa. You can follow his activities on his website http://christo-colon.blogspot.gr/. Polish readers can find out more about Rosa's findings on the discoverer's real identity here: (in Polish) http://kolumbhn.blogspot.gr/ 

16 February 2013

Polish readers have the chance to read my interview with Polonia Christiana magazine (November-December 2012 issue). 

10 February 2013

Yesterday I had my birthday and a great time with my friends. I want to thank all those for their wishes. From Peru, Canada, Hungary, Scotland, South Africa, France, Finland, Austria, Cyprus, and of course Greece, Poland and the USA. Until next year...  

4 February 2013

Those who are interested in mysteries and geography, you can take a look at Piri Reis's biography, the Ottoman cartographer who drew the famous 1513 world map: http://pirireis.dicle.edu.tr/about_pirireis.html

30 January 2013

At last! A movie about the first WWII battle, Tajemnica Westerplatte (The Secret of Westerplatte)! Coming soon!!! 

23 January 2013

You will find a positive review for Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe in the Newsletter of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland - Ottawa. You can check it here: http://ottawa.mfa.gov.pl/resource/f78ac8f8-173f-4fba-811b-170e03fd62cd:JCR

18 January 2013

Bitwa pod Wiedniem (Battle of Vienna) will be released on DVD on 14 February! Excited? 

8 January 2013 

I just finished reading J. Victor Tomaszek's The Tatra Eagle, an epic novel climaxing at the Battle of Vienna 1683. Lovers of endless adventure and history will find much to enjoy there. You can order this fascinating novel from this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1780995229 

5 January 2013

Don't miss the latest issue of the Greek magazine Istoria Eikonografimeni. There you will find  my article on the idea of a Greek-Polish state in Corfu Island, late 18th century!!

4 January 2013

Today, 70 years have passed since the execution of Jerzy Iwanow. Gabriela Milionopoulou, who acted with Iwanow during 1942, had given me an interview a few years ago. It is available in Greek and in Polish at Polonorama. Enjoy! http://www.polonorama.com/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1289:gabriela-milonopoulou-tzavara-towarzyszka-polskiego-super-agenta-&catid=65:spoeczno-polska-w-grecji&Itemid=600&lang=pl

31 December 2012

I want to wish a very happy new year to my all friends and readers! 

28 December 2012

Manuel Rosa, a Portuguese-American historian, has written three books revealing new details about Columbus remarkable life under a secret identity. I highly recommend his Blog Columbus Who? to find out the real identity of the discoverer of America.  http://christo-colon.blogspot.gr/

24 December 2012

Merry Christmas!! 

17 December 2012

Lithuanian readers can check my article about Zygmunt Mineyko (it was published recently in Lithuanian Heritage) at the website of Lituanikos Skyrius (Lituanica Department). http://blog.lnb.lt/lituanikosskyrius/2012/11/27/lietuviskasis-grafas-montekristas-zigmantas-mineika/?lang=en 

5 December 2012

My name was mentioned in an interview at media website Dziennik Polski. There was a question to Polish celebrated historian Jan Wimmer, regarding the significance of the Battle of Vienna 1683 ("Miltiades Varvounis, biographer of Jan Sobieski claims that the victory of Vienna marked the transition from Renaissance to Enlightenment..."). Check this link http://www.dziennikpolski24.pl/pl/aktualnosci/opinie/1244279-gra-wojenna-wieden-a-d-1683.html 

29 November 2012

I have just finished writing an article on Christopher Columbus's origins. It will be published in Lithuanian Heritage, together with an interview of Portuguese-American historian Manuel Rosa. His book has been translated in Polish under the title Kolumb: Historia nieznana (Columbus: The Untold Story) and is already a best seller in Poland. So, was Columbus the son of the Polish king Wladyslaw III? You will find out soon...

19 November 2012

Congratulations to Maria Guga! She is the lucky one to win a signed copy of Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe! Check Polonorama for further details: http://www.polonorama.com/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1204%3Awyniki-konkursu-ksikowego&catid=143%3Ainformacje-polonijne&Itemid=560&lang=pl 

14 November 2012

My interview under the title "Polskosc napawna mnie duma" can be read in the latest issue of Polonia Christiana (Nr. 29, November-December). 

11 November 2012

National Indepedence Day is celebrated today in Poland to commemorate the anniversary of Poland's assumption of independent statehood in 1918 after 123 years of partition by Prussia, Russia and Austria 

2 November 2012

Polonorama has announced a competition about winning a signed copy of Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe. The only thing you have to do is to find who was the illegimate son of Jan Sobieski. Send your answer to info@polonorama.com and on 19th November, a lottery will take place and the winner will be announced by Polonorama and here. Good luck!

29 October 2012

Yesterday the Anniversary of the "No" was celebrated throughout Greece and Cyprus to commemorate the rejection by the Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas of the ultimatum made by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on 28 October 1940. By the way, recently my new article on Polonorama was published and you can check it here:  http://www.polonorama.com/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1152%3Ajan-szkolny-1435-1484-polak-ktory-odkry-ameryk-&catid=49%3Apoznaj-sawnych-polakow&Itemid=559&lang=el 

17 October 2012

For those who can read Polish, well, Radoslaw Sikora's  book about Husaria in Vienna 1683 has been published recently. You can order it from that link: http://www.empik.com/husaria-pod-wiedniem-sikora-radoslaw,p1059331396,ksiazka-p

06 October 2012

Polish and Greek readers can read my interview at Polonorama about the Battle of Vienna and the new upcoming movie regarding this famous battle. http://www.polonorama.com/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1117%3Amiltiades-varvounis-bitwa-pod-wiedniem&catid=65%3Aspoeczno-polska-w-grecji&Itemid=600&lang=pl&fb_source=message

16 September 2012

You can read my latest article (in Greek and Polish) about the amazing adventures of Polish conquistador, Krzysztof Arciszewski, where else? At Polonorama!  http://www.polonorama.com/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1051%3Akrzysztof-arciszewski-1592-1656-konkwistador-ktory-zdoby-brazyli&catid=49%3Apoznaj-sawnych-polakow&Itemid=559&lang=el&fb_source=message

13 September 2012

Greek readers can take a look at Dr Nicolaos Nicoloudis's review on my book  Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe at this link: http://networkedblogs.com/C5KS6. Plus, you should explore Themata Ellinikis Istorias,  as it is the most celebrated website in Greek that deals with the past of Greece. Exlpore its wonderful world reading numerous articles about the glorious history of the most beautiful country in the world!! 

12 September 2012

Today is the 329th Anniversary of the mother of all battles, Battle of Vienna 1683. From that day the Muslim Ottomans ceased to be a menace to the Christian world thanks to Jan Sobieski...the King who saved Europe! 

4 September 2012

Polish and Greek readers will have a chance to read my short biography on Janusz Korczak, in Greek and Polish languages http://www.polonorama.com/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1002:janusz-korczak-&catid=49:poznaj-sawnych-polakow&Itemid=559&lang=el. As I mentioned in a previous comment of mine, I have come to an agreement with the media website Polonorama with purpose to write articles about famous Poles, so as to make them known to the Greek public. 

28 August 2012

My review on Fetih 1453

Over 7 million Turks have already seen Fetih 1453, making it Turkey's most popular film of all time. The film's popularity sheds light on Turkey's emerging preoccupation with its Ottoman past: Ottomania is all the rage in the homeland of Kemal Ataturk today.

Of course Ottomania is not our current issue, but the movie is. And like all historical epics, Fetih 1453 should not be taken as historical gospel, since someone while watching it, will definitely find out many flaws. However it is rip-snorting entertainment on a grand scale, the kind of picture old-school movie that Hollywood just doesn't make anymore.

Relying heavily on CGI, director Faruk Aksoy swoops from Mehmet's court in Adrianople to Constantinople, Genoa, the Vatican and other grand places, introducing the political powers that support or, more likely, oppose the sultan's ambitions. The combat scenes that rouse the last third of the movie are impressing and employ thousands of people (or their digital avatars). But, like most such epics, Fetih 1453 focuses on just a few players. And I have to say, that most of the actors are not convincing in their roles, and that includes the portrayal of the sultan. Not to mention that formidable warrior Ulubatlı Hasan has nothing to do with being an Ottoman, as he is a failed replica of Aragorn from LOTR.

Unfortunately the script is mediocre, if not terrible, since it is written in a way as if  Fetih 1453  is not a blockbuster, but some sort of Discovery Channel history flick.

Also, in some scenes amateurism is not avoided, especially in the film’s final scene, where Mehmet the Conqueror is portrayed as a… liberator, like he was Jan Sobieski who, as it is known, won the Ottomans in 1683 at Vienna and was naturally welcomed by the citizens of the Austrian capital as a saviour. I wonder if the Turkish public took seriously that final "candy" scene. Besides we all know what happens after a successful siege of a city: killing, raping, looting, slave market etc. Constantinople was not an exception as the sultan allowed his troops to plunder the city for three days as it was customary. According to the Venetian surgeon Nicolò Barbaro "all through the day the Ottomans made a great slaughter of Christians through the city".

Despite the weak elements of the movie, Turkish producers deserve congratulation for spending $17 million to shoot an important event from world history, making the project the most expensive Turkish film ever. Lately, there are rumours that the director Aksoy is preparing to make a new movie about the Dardanelles War.

Now, Greek readers (and not only) should not take seriously Fetih 1453, even I know that many compatriots of mine would be pissed off by watching the movie (Yes Nikos, I am referring to you). Remember, Fetih 1453 is just a pure entertainment, a typical patriotic (well, nationalistic if you prefer) movie, like 300. And if Fetih 1453 has historical inaccuracies, well, movies such as Troy, 300, Alexander the Great (and I am not speaking only on Alexander’s unacceptable portrayal as hedonistic homosexual), 1612, Gladiator etc, have also, if not more, inaccuracies. So my advice is to grab some popcorn, a coke and enjoy this old fashioned CGI tale.

22 August 2012

Battle of Vienna official trailer! Excited? Premiere in Poland, 12 October. 

13 August 2012

The Olympics is over and the summer is moving on. Polish readers should be aware that soon I will give an interview to Kontury (http://kontury.net/index.php?LinkMenuID=38&ReadPostID=505). Finally, I will begin to write articles for the Greek-Polish media website Polonorama, in an effort to promote Polish civilization to the Greeks. 

19 July 2012

Leaving soon for a 3-day trip to the island of Paros. However, I continue to be busy, since I have to write 3 articles until the end of summer. "What subjects" you will ask me. Well, about Jan Sobieski, the Polish Resistance during WWII and the Greek Civil War in the island of Samos (1947-1949). Stay tuned, I will inform you about their releases! I wish you all a wonderful summer!

5 July 2012

Yesterday I received through e-mail, my interview to Dziennik Lodzki, a Polish prominent newspaper with a wide circulation across Poland. The title of the article is "A Greek with roots from Lask, wrote a book on a Polish king". Most of you will probably know that Lask is a small town in central Poland, where my mother comes from. I want to thank Magda Kelnerowska from the Community Centre of Lask (Laski Dom Kultury), (http://laskidomkultury.pl/) , who helped making that interview possible. 

27 June 2012

Recently was published the book Man of War by author Charlie Schroeder. In his work, the author describes the idiosyncratic world of historical reenactment in intimate detail. He also mentions the former heavy metal bass guitar Rik Fox (of SIN and W.A.S.P), as Fox is responsible for America's first reenactment group of Polish winged hussars. You can order this excellent book from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Man-War-Adventures-Historical-Reenactment/dp/1594630917/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340796524&sr=1-1&keywords=man+of+war

7 June 2012

I am preparing for my trip to Poland! EURO 2012 begins tomorrow, while being in the homeland of Copernicus, I have to promote my book Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe. There is  also a chance to give an interview to a Polish newspaper. 

29 May 2012

29 May 1453 is the worst day for Hellenism and also for Europe. The Greek empire of Byzantium, the ark of civilization for more than 1000 years, collapsed when the Ottomans assaulted the greatest city of all time. Watch the Greek documentary below to find out about this tragic event. Among the speakers, are celebrated historians and experts on Byzantine history such as Dr. Nicolaos Nicoloudis and Eleni Glykatzi-Arveler. Don't miss it!

27 May 2012

The latest issue of the Lithuanian Heritage magazine covers many interesting topics, among them my article on the contribution of Britons to Lithuanian culture, science and education since the earliest times. Make sure not to miss this issue! You can check the official website of Lithuanian Heritage here: http://www.lithuanianheritage.com/

14 May 2012

On 13 May, I was a speaker in a wonderful art exhibition, which the main subject was Greece Now. It was organized by the Municipality of Xaidari and Texnosfaira. I spoke on my latest book  Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe mentioning historical connections of Sobieski with Greece. In the photo below, I appear on the right among the rest speakers.

29 April 2012 

Rik Fox, an American former heavy metal bass guitar player (he was in W.A.S.P and SIN), congratulated me recently on my book Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe. Of Polish descent, he is also a Polish winged hussar re-enactor, responsible for America's first 17th century living history reenactment group of Polish winged hussars and  nobility of the mighty Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. You can check the activities of his group at:  http://www.husaria.us/ 

10 April 2012

Read my article on WWII Polish Submarine Flotilla at: http://ww2.debello.ca/polish/baltic/orzel/rys.html

4 April 2012 

The Greek Tragedy continues! The latest victim of the Greek crisis is a 77 year old retired pharmacist who ended his life by shooting himself in the head, because of his inability to cover his debts with his pension being his only income. The tragic incident took place early this morning, in rush hour and in the "heart" of Athens, at Syntagma Square right in front of the Greek Parliament. He came down the stairs leading to the subway station and chose a spot, where he could hide himself behind trees before pulling the trigger. His death was instantaneous. Police officers who rushed at the place of tragedy, searched into his pockets to find official documents that could lead to his identification. Among others they found a handwritten note, in which he explained the reasons behind his desicion. "The occupying goverment has annihilated every trace of my survival. As I find no other way to react, they only leave me the choice of a decent end, before I start searching into the trash for food", he wrote. Witnesses said that moments before pulling the trigger, the 77 year old man said "I' m leaving because I don' t want my children to live burdened by my debts".

28 March 2012

Few days ago, a new book  in Greek was published under the title The Peloponnese in the Late Middle Ages. Written by my mentor and Greece's foremost expert on Byzantine history, Dr Nicolaos Nicoloudis, this outstanding work will take you back in the turbulent medieval past of the Morea (Peloponnese). Dr Nicoloudis's book is available on this online bookstore: http://www.biblionet.gr/main.asp?page=showbook&bookid=174655 

19 March 2012

I was a guest in a exhibition concerning science and art. It was organised by Radio Pleiades (http://www.radio-pleiades.com/) and the Union of Greek Physists. It was great to meet wonderful people, as well as seeing good old friends of mine. In the photo below, I am with two good friends. On the left appears the famous director and actress, Marianna Kastania, and on the right, Foteini Efetzi. 

15 March 2012

Good to find out, that there are already two positive reviews on Amazon, concerning my latest book Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe. I hope there will be more to come!  http://www.amazon.com/Jan-Sobieski-King-Saved-Europe/dp/1462880800/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1

12 March 2012

For those who live in NYC, they should be aware that from 14 March to 8 July, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will organize an unique exhibition Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. This exhibition will follow the artistic traditions of the southern provinces of the Byzantine Empire from the 7th century to the 9th, as they were transformed from being central to the Byzantine tradition to being a critical part of the Islamic world. For further information check this link: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/byzantium-and-islam

7 March 2012

Wrath of the Titans  official trailer. I doubt if there's anything original looking in this blockbuster but we shall see. In Greece, it will be released on 29 March, and one day later in the US. 

27 February 2012  

Released in Turkey, a week ago, Fetih 1453 is a historical epic about the tragic fall of Constantinople. 

The Turkish producers spent 17 million dollars for this triumphalist account of the fall of the "City of Cities" to the Ottomans, an event which remakes the Turkish turbulent past. The trailer seems impressing, however, I don't expect the movie to be accurate in historical details. I highly doubt that Fetih 1453 will be released in Greek theatres, so probably I  will have to wait for its DVD release. Honestly, I cannot wait to see this Turkish blockbuster, even though it will depict the Byzantines as villains. However, I have to congratulate our neighbours, who in the past few years, they spend millions of dollars, producing historical movies like Fetih 1453 (and not only). Unfortunately in Greece during the last four decades, only  3-4 movies on history were produced, and none of them can be considered "patriotic". 

10 February 2012

I have just received sample copies of Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe. It's extremely well produced and pleasurable to handle - excellent quality of paper, nice internal design and a powerful front cover.  The only problem I found on one page, was the omission of a surname (Morsztyn), however, it  is mentioned  later on the same page. Anyway, let's hope the book will be enjoyable and fascinating for the reader! On sale next week, from 16 February!!

24 January 2012 

Today I saw Immortals and to be honest, it was a disappointment. There is no connection to the myth of Theseus other than names. and that was one of the main reasons why the movie was not a success. The battle scenes are bloody and well-staged, influenced by 300, but the script is so weak, as well as the main protagonist who plays Theseus. In general it is a waste of time to see that movie, unless you are a (big) fan of Mickey Rourke, who is always enjoyable when he is the villain...

15 January 2012

I just finished copy-editing of my new book in English, Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe. My friends Aneta, Despoina and Ghely, to name but a few, as well as my mentor Dr Nicolaos Nicoloudis, assisted me a lot in this ambitious project of mine, and I cannot find words to thank them for their crucial contribution. I estimate that my book will be published in late February. Patience!! 

2 January 2012

At last, I ended writing some chapters for the forthcoming book (as a co-author), 10 Influential Families of Greece. Even though I am not fond of politics, it was quite interesting to do a research on some notable Greek politicians.