LIFE Museum Forty pieces are on display in the Athenian Kosmetai gallery through November 2018.

National Archaeological Museum sheds light on Hadrian’s world

Emperor, philhellene, globe-trotter and superstar, a fan of the arts who nonetheless liked to live modestly, spending a lot of time with his soldiers, Hadrian (AD 76-138) was without doubt a restless spirit and a multifaceted personality who is seen as an instrumental factor in the osmosis between the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.

LIFE Technology Several Short Story Dispensers have been installed in Grenoble.

Cultural stories from the future

SAKIS IOANNIDIS

A brilliant initiative launched in the French town of Grenoble has found a way to fill that “dead time” wasted as people wait for the bus. With the press of a button, the Short Story Dispenser prints (for free) a small piece of fiction on a length of paper similar to a receipt that can be read in one, three or five minutes, the average time people spend waiting at a urban bus stop.

LIFE Archaeology

Amphipolis tomb to be opened in 2020, minister says

The Amphipolis Tomb, a massive burial mound complex dating to the era of Alexander the Great near the ancient city of Amphipolis in Greece’s northern Macedonia region, will be opened to the public in 2020, the country’s culture minister has said.

LIFE Film The historic Astor movie theater in the Korai Arcade off Panepistimiou Street.

Matinee and midnight screenings at the Astor

NICOLAS PAPACONSTANTINOU

Two years after its reopening, the historic Astor movie theater in the Korai Arcade off Panepistimiou Street continues to celebrate cinema with more films and cheaper tickets, as well as all-day screenings and a movie festival throughout November.

LIFE Interview Joan Didion with her husband and daughter in their home in Malibu, California. [John Bryson]

An affair with a love letter, ‘Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold’

IOANNIS PAPPOS *

US-based Greek writer Ioannis Pappos dives into the highly anticipated and recently launched documentary, “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold,” and discusses with its creator, actor and director Griffin Dunne, this “love letter” to his “Aunt Joan,” how was it growing up within such a zeitgeist-influencing family, and the world today through those Didion dark glasses.

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Christmas tree lights up in Syntagma Square

The lights of the Christmas tree in Syntagma Square, central Athens, were switched on Tuesday night. In a speech to a crowd of Athenians and visitors, Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, said City Hall commissioned Greek artists to decorate the country’s capital this year. "We entrusted the adornment of the city to accomplished and popular artists," he said. The mayor thanked contributors for "decorating streets, squares and neighborhoods" and for organizing 220 Christmas-themed events and exhibitions in different parts of the city, all with no entrance fee. [Sotiris Dimitropoulos/Eurokinissi]