Finis Greciae or the Return of the Greeks*

Marilyn Rouvelas writes in her book “A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs in America” (p.355):

For generations, seagoing Greeks told stories to their families of faraway places where their ships had docked. These stories invariably included meeting patri├│tes (fellow countrymen) in restaurants and at card tables in exotic places.

Years ago these chance encounters seemed wondrous. A Greek could travel halfway around the world and find a fellow Greek speaking the mother tongue and sharing common friends and relatives from a village or town in Greece.

These transplanted Greeks comprised the Greek Diaspora still thriving throughout the world. According to a Greek government ministry, “[M]ore than five million Greeks (or more than half of Greece’s domestic population) live outside of Greece’s borders.”