Athens Unpacked Episode 7 - Birth & Death The Athenian Way

  • by XpatAthens
  • Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Athens Unpacked Episode 7 - Birth & Death The Athenian Way
“Almost anywhere you go in the capital, there’s a church nearby,” says Sofka Zinovieff in this seventh episode of Athens Unpacked that is literally a matter of life and death.
Get ready to visit the city’s finest and most famous graveyard - the final resting ground for a pantheon of modern Greek heroes; walk down the street of Eternal Repose; and address the oily business of baptism, Greek-style. You’ll also encounter the confectionary treat Athenians turn to remember their dead; learn about the must-have accessory newborn babies wear to ward off misfortune and find out why Greeks shout everyone else on their own birthdays.

Bestselling writer and former anthropologist, Sofka Zinovieff, embarks on a quest to uncover the true essence of her adopted home, in all its layers and mysteries. Discover how Athenians feel about their own architecture, how tragedy and trauma have flavored the city’s cuisine, why Athens has always been a “15-minute city”, and much, much more.

Listen To Episode 7 HERE

Produced by, for This is Athens, tune in each fortnight and get ready to capture the seductive soul of Athens!
This is Athens is the official guide to this captivating city of ancient energies and booming urban culture. Compiled by a team of specialist local writers, This is Athens brings you an authentic and intimate portrait of a living Athens beyond the guidebooks – along with daily curated listings of all the best events and great weekend inspiration all-year round. From must-know neighbourhoods and emerging art hubs to gourmet hotspots, cool shopping, and the buzziest bars, This is Athens will help you to get the most out of living in Athens!

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