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Greeks – Even Alexander The Great – Have Loved Ice Cream for Centuries

How long have the Greeks had a love affair with ice cream? How about since at least one hundred years before Alexander the Great? In fact, ancient Greeks were attracted to “ices” as early as the fifth century BC. In those...

The Greek Sponge Diver Who Became a Statue on Kalymnos

Captain Antonis Kampourakis has been diving into the depths of the Aegean sea, scouring the seafloor for precious sponges, for 50 years.

The History and Tradition of the Greek Dance Zeibekiko

The zeibekiko requires an inner intensity, as it is an improvised movement that expresses the feelings of the individual who gets up to dance.

Dekemvriana: Ground Zero in the Greek Civil War

December 3, 1944 saw one of the bloodiest and most polarizing incidents in the history of the Greek civil war. Known as "Dekemvriana" (from December, the month it began), the Athens incident has come to characterize the period of...

Lord Elgin’s Shipwreck Yields Impressive Discoveries

The shipwreck of Lord Elgin's vessel -- along with countless looted Greek antiquities aboard -- off the coast of the Greek island Kythera in 1802, has continued to yield intriguing discoveries for underwater archaeologists. The Greek Ministry of Culture announced...

The Laterna, the Iconic Instrument of Greek Street Musicians

Any visitor to Ermou, the main shopping street in Athens, has likely seen Spyros Tarapossos and his laterna, or barrel piano. The laterna is an automatic piano that is operated by turning a crank on the side of the instrument....

Intubations Surge as First Case of Omicron Variant Found in Greece

Greece recorded a total of 6,260 cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, while 6,196 were recorded in the country yesterday, Wednesday. The record for the highest number of coronavirus cases recorded in one day in Greece was broken on November 9,...

Cyprus Seeks Bidders in Hopes of Reviving Ferry Line to Greece

The Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry announced on Wednesday that Cyprus is seeking bidders to revive its ferry line to Greece.  The ferry service was discontinued over two decades ago, and multiple campaigns to relaunch the ferry have come and gone...

The Heroines of the Greek War of Independence

The role that Greek women played in the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire is not to be overlooked.

Covid-19 Cases High as Greece Makes Vaccine Mandatory for Over 60s

The number of cases of Covid-19 in Greece, along with the number of those on ventilators in the country, remain high as Greece moves to make the vaccine mandatory for all its citizens over the age of 60. Greece recorded...

How Ancient Greeks Harnessed Wind Power to Win the Battle of Salamis

New research from the Academy of Athens argues that the Greeks actually chose Salamis after studying the area's climactic conditions.

Australia’s Parliament Calls for the Recognition of the Greek Genocide

Six speakers of Australia's Parliament approved earlier in the week the nation's first-ever motion for the government to officially acknowledge the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides. The motion's success with the Australian Parliament's House of Representatives is due to the...

Crete Celebrates Union with Greece On December 1st

On December 1st, 1913, the island of Crete was officially integrated into the Greek state, after Sultan Mehmet V had finally relinquished all sovereignty over the island exactly one month earlier. Crete's liberation from Ottoman rule was the result of...

Coronavirus Cases Remain High in Greece

Greece recorded a total of 7,486 cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, while 6,677 were recorded in the country yesterday, Monday. The record for the highest number of coronavirus cases recorded in one day in Greece was broken on November...

How Boxing Became a Popular Sport in Ancient Greece

Boxing in ancient Greece originated as a very tough sport, much harder than professional boxing as we know it today.