16 research outputs found

    Preface:Introducing Pnyx

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    MISLEADING PERCEPTIONS WITH ETHNIC MINORITIES: THE CASE OF PONTIAC GREEKS IN CYPRUS

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    Immigration policy in Cyprus was largely formulated in the 1990s, with the intent to meet the labour shortages as a result of the growth in tourism. Consequently, a large number of Pontiacs (or Pontic-Greeks) of Greek origin from the Caucasus region migrated to the Republic of Cyprus. Today, the overall number of Pontiacs is estimated to be a total of about 20,000, out of which 10,000-12,000 are living in the Municipality of Paphos. This paper aims to highlight the importance of the use of social services by Pontic-Greeks as part of their integration into the local society. Ethnic Pontic-Greeks in Paphos were asked to describe their current living conditions and their relationships with the local society and the use of social services, such as community kindergartens, children after-school services, nursing homes, senior citizens centres, and social welfare agencies. Τhe analysis articulated an underuse or no use at all of social services by PonticGreeks, mainly because they are not aware of these services or they hesitate to use them because they do not feel comfortable with the dominant population group; an issue that is an impediment to their social integration

    The importance of being Aeolian: shaping Aeolian identity in ancient Asia Minor

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    This thesis examines the formation of Aeolian collective identity in Asia Minor from the Archaic to the Roman period, and the connection of the predominant foundation myth, the Aeolian migration, to other foundation myths, which mainly involved Amazons. I intend to explore the dynamic interaction between geography and foundation myths of Aeolian poleis. When foundation myths are examined in light of the actual conditions on the ground, in a context of territorial conflicts, their function not only as a basis of co-belonging, but also in support of territorial claims against other contesters, becomes apparent. The thesis also examines both public knowledge and perceptions of Aeolis as a geographical space by ancient authors to determine what authors and political authorities expected their audience to understand by terms such as ‘Aeolian’, ‘Aeolians’, and ‘Aeolis’. I argue that the localisation of Troy on the north-west corner of Asia Minor in the 5th century created a focal point for the previously vague Homeric Troy. For this reason, the area and conceptual boundaries of Aeolis expanded onto the southern coast of the Troad, and resulted in different geographical accounts of Aeolis in ancient authors. In the same way that Aeolis was not the same region throughout antiquity, neither were the Aeolians. The Aeolian migration allegedly brought diverse groups from mainland Greece to Asia Minor. I re-evaluate the myth in its literary context, as a development of the recurring theme of ‘kings from abroad’. From its initial function as means to differentiate elites (‘from abroad’) from non-elites, the myth was diffused and embraced the entire Greek population of the area. The etymology and meaning of the word ‘Aeolians’ (= the diverse, the polyglots), indicates that it was initially an etic name given by outsiders, which was internalised at a later stage by communities in Aeolis and was recast as a marker of co-belonging based on diversity in opposition to the ‘homogenous locals’

    Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Pregnancy-Diagnosis, Complications and Management: An Overview

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    Antiphospholipid syndrome which is also known as APS is an autoimmune disease which represents an acquired form of thrombophilia. The etiology of APS remains unknown. This disorder occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks some of the normal human proteins and manifests itself as recurrent arterial or venous thrombosis and it could emerge after abortions or in recurrent pregnancy loss. In APS, the body produces the wrong antibodies against phospholipid-binding proteins, that is present in the blood and plays an important role in coagulation. Antibodies are specific proteins that usually target and neutralize the body’s invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. When antibodies attack phospholipid-binding proteins, blood clots abnormally. Specifically, it could cause blood clots in veins or arteries leading to stroke and various pregnancy complications such as: endometrial death, miscarriage, preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction and prematurity. APS is divided into primary and secondary, which is associated with autoimmune diseases and more often with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), while antibodies against cardiolipin are detected in many other conditions (infections, malignancies, drugs, etc.). The symptoms of APS, in addition to arterial and/or venous thrombosis and pregnancy complications, are multisystemic and the differential diagnosis of the primary APS from the secondary, in the context of SLE, is of particular clinical interest and is subject of this literature review
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