The Idea of Greece by the Hellenic Heritage Foundation

The Idea of Greece is a seven-part podcast exploring the Greek Revolution of 1821. This podcast is produced by the Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and hosted by Georgia Balogiannis. The series is also under the auspices of the Greece 2021 Committee. Sponsored by Agape Greek Radio. Original music by Demetri Petsalakis. This is not the history you learned in Greek School! Episodes drop every two weeks. The HHF is a national charitable, non-profit organization established in Toronto in 1996. Our mission is to preserve, promote, and advance Hellenic education, culture, and heritage in Canada by funding initiatives that enrich the lives of Hellenic Canadians and philhellenes.

Episode Six: Philhellenes and the Greek Revolution

mon, 15 mar 2021 – 42 minutes

Georgia Balogiannis, Professor Sakis Gekas, the HHF Chair in Modern Greek History at York University in Toronto, and Chris Gekas, Co-Founder of the Greek-Canadian History Project and a historian with the HHF, look at the American and European Philhellenes who took up the cause of the Greek Revolutionary War.

Episode Five: Women of the Revolution

mon, 01 mar 2021 – 42 minutes

Georgia Balogiannis and Professor Sakis Gekas, the HHF Chair in Modern Greek History at York University in Toronto, delve into the feminine side of the Greek Revolution, featuring the female heroes who fought in and influenced the war. They also look at the toll the war took on the average Greek woman.

Episode Four: The Heroes of The Revolution

mon, 15 feb 2021 – 31 minutes

Georgia Balogiannis and Professor Sakis Gekas, the HHF Chair in Modern Greek History at York University in Toronto, go beyond the larger-than-life narratives of the Greek Revolution’s heroes to look at who they really were.  Also, what exactly makes a hero in the first place?

Episode Three: The Brutality of War

mon, 01 feb 2021 –  40 minutes

Georgia Balogiannis and HHF History Committee historian Terry Gitersos look at the violence that permeated the Greek Revolutionary War of 1821. It went far beyond simple warfare, where vengeance, massacres and slavery were the price to be paid by fighters and civilians alike. 

Episode Two: Not One War

sun, 17 jan 2021 – 24 minutes

Journalist Georgia Balogiannis and Professor Sakis Gekas, the HHF Chair in Modern Greek History at York University in Toronto, look at the various groups which took arms during the Greek Revolution of 1821, to examine what was in it for them?

Episode One: The Origins of the Revolution

thu, 24 dec 2020 – 38 minutes

Georgia Balogiannis and Professor Sakis Gekas, the HHF Chair in Modern Greek History at York University in Toronto, explore what the area, now known as Greece, looked like before the revolution and the conditions which led Greeks to revolt against the Ottoman Empire in 1821. 


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