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Coffee Culture in 1926 Athens

A striking image in at Athens' Syntagma Square, apparently taken during the late morning in the summer of 1926, has recently resurfaced

Yiannis Kouros: The Greatest Ultramarathon Runner of All Time

Greek ultramarathon runner Yiannis Kouros holds many world records and has been dubbed "The Running God," "The Golden Greek," "Modern Pheidippides," "The Master of Pain," and "The Unstoppable" by his peers, running experts, and the public. All these epithets...

Greece on its Way to Becoming Fastest Aging Country in the EU

The population decline in Greece, which has been steady since 2011, means the country will have the oldest population in the EU by 2030. That is the conclusion of a recent report by Eurostat, the EU statistics agency, about...

Fireships: How Greece’s Daring Sailors Destroyed the Turkish Fleet

The fireships were a weapon of necessity used by the skilled sailors of the Greek navy to a devastating, asymmetric effect during the Greek War of Independence.

The Day Kapodistrias, the First Leader of Modern Greece, Was Killed

On September 27, 1831, Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first leader of Greece after the Ottoman occupation, was assassinated in Nafplio. His murder robbed the country from the chance to become a modern state sooner. Kapodistrias was born on Corfu on February...

Ancient Treasures Unearthed Under Athens Concrete

Astounding ancient treasures unearthed under Athens, a great outcome from the recent construction work on Aeolus Street in Athens

Greece 2022: Homeless Woman With Elderly Father Living in Car

A 50-year-old woman and her 93-year-old father have been left homeless for months in Amaliada, Greece. They spend nights and several hours of the day in the car, which currently houses all their possessions. Fifty-year-old Stella Panagiotopoulou and her elderly...

Samina Ferry Disaster Haunts Greece More Than 20 Years Later

The disaster involving the sinking of the ferry boat Express Samina on September 26, 2000 off the coast of Paros which claimed the lives of eighty-one people still haunts Greece. The ferry remains at the bottom of the Aegean sea...

The Greeks of Alexandria, Egypt

The story of Hellenism in Alexandria goes back more than two millennia, when Alexander the Great established the city.

The Liberation of Tripolitsa in the Greek War of Independence

The siege of Tripolitsa, Greece (today's city of Tripolis) was a pivotal moment in the Greek War of Independence, and it remains a point of contention between Greeks and Turks, as reflected in the way it is portrayed by...

The Death of Actaeon and the Capriciousness of Fate

Disasters are inevitable, even in Greek mythology; a great example of this is the unfortunate fate suffered by the young protagonist of the ancient myth of Actaeon and Diana. By Alastair Blanshard Why do bad things happen to good people? It is a question...

Perfect Spots for Walking in Downtown Athens

The many fascinating views of the Greek capital, Athens, are better appreciated and enjoyed if walking down its streets at a relaxed pace rather than trying to navigate it by car or other vehicle. A stroll or two in the...

Solving The Mystery of Santorini’s Volcano

The mystery surrounding the formation of Santorini’s volcano is one that still puzzles archeologists and scientists today. Santorini is a place of great beauty visited by millions of tourists each year. It is an island well known for its beautiful hotels,...

Never Ask Google to Translate these 22 Funny Greek Expressions

Some Greek expressions are impossible to be translated by Google. Although different cultures tend to produce their own phrases, meanings aren't always the same across borders. Here we collected 22 phrases only Greeks use that if you try to literally...

The Hellenic Initiative Aids Ukrainian War Refugees in Greece

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global non-profit organization bringing together diaspora Greeks and philhellenes to invest in the future of Greece by creating programs that offer crisis relief as well as Greek entrepreneurship and economic development. Most recently, it...