The books you will find on this site are mainly, but not exclusively, concerned with the forms and expressions of Greek life and culture that emerged during the post-Byzantine period while still remaining deeply rooted in the spiritual inheritance of Greek Christendom. This life and culture is often identified by the enigmatic word Romiosyni, which derives from the connection of the Greeks with 'new Rome' — Constantinople — and the Eastern Roman Empire. People who dwelt within this Empire called themselves Romioi — Romans — hence Romiosyni, which in a non-nationalistic sense could be rendered as Hellenism. It is for this reason that many of books on this site have been published within the encompass of what is called 'The Romiosyni Series'. Romiosyni is a word that has both historical and emotional connotations and expresses for modern Greeks a particular aspect of their national identity. Historically, this identity was not limited to a political, racial or territorial boundary, and this sense of nationality depended more on the sharing of a certain milieu, almost a state of mind, than on anything else.

All the books on this site have been produced in Greece and particular care has been taken with regard to their design, quality and durability.


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George Seferis & Philip Sherrard
This Dialectic of Blood and Light

‘ . . . this dialectic of blood and light
which is the history of your people . . . ’

Sherrard to Seferis, 20 March 1950

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Philip Sherrard
The Rape of Man and Nature

The growing threat of ecological disaster weighs heavily on people’s minds. In this book, first published nearly thirty years ago but still acutely relevant, Philip Sherrard traces the crisis back to what he believes is its true origin: the incremental replacement of a participatory and sacramental understanding of creation with the more detac... more

Athanasios N. Papathanasiou
A Hesychast from the Holy Mountain in the Heart of a City

Elder Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia (1906–1991), who was formally glorified as a saint by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in November 2013, has long been acknowledged and recognized as a luminary and spiritual guide with the special grace of ‘clear sight’. His life was particularly remarkable in that he lived it in both ascetic fast... more

Graham Speake
Mount Athos

In this second edition of his acclaimed study of Mount Athos (for which he was awarded the 2002 Criticos Prize) the author takes the opportunity to revise and update his text and also to add a completely new chapter documenting the changes that have occurred in the twelve years since its first publication. The renewal that took place in the l... more

Alexandros Papadiamandis
Around the Lagoon: Reminiscences to a Friend

‘Around the Lagoon’ is one of Papadiamandis’s most finely crafted and densely written stories. Unusually, it is written in the second person and addressed to a ‘friend‘, who can be seen as the narrator’s younger self. The narrator evokes his childhood experiences of unrequited love and betrayed friendship am... more



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