PUBLICATIONS OF (ALMOST) FORGOTTEN TEXTS
("Archeio" means "Archive" in Greek)
ARCHEIO BOOKS, “child” of Ironick Ltd., aspire to bring out of the drawers old and forgotten or non-compiled texts of either well-known or totally unknown people and present them to a larger public. Unpublished memoirs, autobiographies, correspondences, diaries, photos, articles, drawings etc., all those private or family archives become interesting books for every reader and not only historians.
Except the main branch of Archeio Books, we also created a series of light and not scientific archaeological memoirs of the first excavation experience of Greek archaeologists (“The Archaeology of Archaeology series”), also the “New Archive” series that includes not fully archival material and the "Argonauts" series that deals with greek slang seen under its historical and topographical context.
All our books are illustrated with archival or unpublished photos and are sold at all Greek bookstores as well as in our e-shop, where you can also see the covers, number of pages, size and ISBN codes.
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The "Archaeology of Archaeology" Series
Images and Memories of a long-gone Pella, by Despina Papakonstantinou – Diamantourou
The first book of this series is based on Despina Papakonstantinou – Diamantourou’s first memories at the Ancient Pella excavations (1962-1964) and is part of the material owned by the writer which can be found alltogether on www.pella1962.wordpress.com
Also available in English at the Ancient Pella archaeological site
Life in Corfu, 1961-62, by Evi Touloupa
In this second booklet of the series, Evi Touloupa writes about her memories from her first appointment in 1961 as an Antiquities Curator in the island of Corfu.
In Pylos together with Carl Blegen, G. A. Papathanassopoulos
Georgios A. Papathanassopoulos, a tenacious and extraordinarily active archaeologist, dug at Pylos at the side of charismatic Carl Blegen who profoundly influenced him in his excavating method. In his ten years there, many things happened. Entertaining, significant and noteworthy incidents which he describes with his characteristic sense of humour in this third booklet of the “Archaeology of Archaeology” series.
Archaeology memories, by Konstantinos Tsakos
In this fourth book of “Archaeology of Archaeology” series, Konstantinos Tsakos recalls his memories from the excavations in Vergina. There, by the side of Manolis Andronikos and in the company of the fictitious or actual protagonists of the glorious city, he experienced unforgettable moments. Nights full of fun, jokes and entertainment were on the daily menu of his digging adventure. The writing style of the author, always joyous and optimistic, makes his charming and interesting stories even more enjoyable.
Experiencing Macedonia, by Petros Themelis
In the fifth volume of the “Archaeology of Archaeology” series we stride once more in the parts of Macedonia to follow this time the first steps of Petros Themelis in Archeology by the side of the “triumvirate”, i.e. professors Fotis Petsas, Charalambos Makaronas and Manolis Andronikos. The simple, daily-life aspect of these great archaeologists, life in nature far from the city, the incident of the discovery of Pella, hardships and joys of excavating, supplement the author’s account of his first scientific experiences.
Also available in English at the Ancient Pella archaeological site
Theodosios and the Nemea Stadium, by Stephen G. Miller
Stephen G. Miller and Ancient Nemea constitute an exceptional chapter in the history of archaeological excavations in Greece. It’s all about an American archaeologist who became as one with the land he excavated. Nemea, of course, wasn't his first excavation: in this booklet you will find an account on his first steps in Sicily and the Ancient Agora of Athens. Nevertheless, the adventure of the discovery of Nemea’s Stadium is a breathtaking story; it reached a happy ending due to Theodosios, a local man. In order to honor him, this story is key to this publication and thus, the first years of Stephen G. Miller’s career follow, as an epilogue.
Also available in English at The Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games (Ancient Nemea, Greece)
On Tinos Island together with Kontoleon, by Fotini Zafeiropoulou
Fotini Zafeiropoulou, a restless archaeologist traveler, took her first excavation lessons under the Cycladic sun before the Aegean touristic era boomed. Her adventures had as starting point the isle of Tinos, where she worked close to the great Professor Kontoleon.
Chania – Rethymno, by Yiannis Tzedakis 2017
Yiannis Tzedakis, an archaeologist known for this passionate work in western Crete, writes his memories of the first 10 years of his career, his organizing the Chania Museum and his contributing to the characterization of those 2 towns as Greek Heritage Monuments.
2014 wall calendar
From the drawings by mechanical engineer Georges C. Papakonstantinou, during the years he was a student in the National Technival Univesrity of Athens (1915-1919, Mechanical Engineering Dpt.) A full selection of drawings can be found on www.gcpdrawings.wordpress.com
Letters from Paris, by Costas Varnalis
In 1926, poet Costas Varnalis visited France as a foreign correspondent of an athenian newspaper that doesn’t exist anymore (Progress). In a column called "Letters from Paris" he recorded his impressions not only of Paris but also from other parts of the country. They were the first correspondences that he wrote from there –pleasant, “light” articles, interesting for all, written with high spirits and seriousness, with a subtle sense of irony and the poet’s signature humour. This edition presents the Letters in a book for the first time. They are accompanied by seven articles on the theory of aesthetics written in the same period, most of them in Paris. The edition contains an exceptionally sophisticated timeline, while its special characteristic is that it includes archival photos of the poet from his years in France, two sketches drawn by his artist friends and a very original illustration based on the photos which accompanied the articles of Progress newspaper.I
A night without Sancho – The last words of Don Quixote on his crucifix, by Iro Diamandourou (“New Achive” series)
It is a comical/tragic internal monologue referring to the relation of man with his ideals -an indirect presentation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote which supplements a void of this magnum opus-manifest against “Easiness”. The monologue was an order by actor Nikos Kalamό who played it for the first time on October 18 2013 at the Ίδρυμα Μιχάλης Κακογιάννης. Plot: Don Quixote, that is Alonso Quijano, has been left for the first time in his life alone in his last moments, without the constant dizziness from the endless argumentative words of Sancho Panza. Sick and worn-out by his humiliating adventures, he experiences absolute loneliness and is disgusted with his Maker. Cervantes wrote very little about these last six hours of Don Quixote’s life. Nevertheless, the insatiable spirit of Don Quixote comes to reveal to us what happened in this solitary and secret death scene.
Memories οf Greece in the 50s, Skoumtsia and Milos Island, by Walter Hubka
In 1951, Walter Hubka, a twenty-five year old mining engineer from Austria left his homeland to work in Greece. It was his first contact with the country. For many years he lived and worked in Northern Greece, in Itea, in Milos Island and in Athens. We met him in 2007 on the occasion of filming the documentary Milos Revisited. In 2009 he sent us an English and German copy of his memoirs from Greece which he adored despite the difficulties he faced until he managed to understand and get used to such a different world. Greece then had just begun recovering from WWII and the Civil War; especially in the countryside where Walter Hubka worked initially, life was exceptionally difficult for everybody. Our publishing house presents a bilingual edition of his memories, illustrated with photos from these significant years.
Bilingual (gr/eng) + bilingual DVD (Milos Revisited)
Correspondence 1939-1944, Elli Lambridi & Niki
A mother-daughter correspondence till the day the daughter got killed by accident during the December 1944 events. Texts by Yolanda Hatzi, foreword by Evi Touloupa, illustrated (b/w and colour). Some letters and documents are written in English or French (translated also in Greek).
What I saw in Soviet Russia, by Costas Varnalis
Articles sent from Russia in a Greek newspaper (1935) by poet Costas Varnalis, while he visited the country for the 1st Soviet Writers’ Congress.
December 1944 events, by Paris C. Diamantouros (“New Achive” series)
Narration of the events by the writer's objective point of view, accompanied by child remembrances of that period, written by well-known Athenians of today.