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Kollyva: The Christian Memorial Service Super Food From Ancient Greece

Kollyva, the boiled wheat-based sweet offered at Greek Orthodox memorial services for the repose of the souls of the dead is a superfood that has its roots in ancient Greece. The ritual food passed from the ancient Greeks to early...

The Liberty Ships and the Beginning of Greece’s Maritime Rule

The mass-produced Liberty ships that played a significant role during WWII eventually helped Greece become the world's leading maritime power. Although British in concept, the design was adopted by the United States for its simple, low-cost construction. Mass-produced on an...

The Electric Car Produced in Greece Decades Before Elon Musk’s Tesla

An electric car that was built on Greece's island of Syros in the 1970s was one of the world's first mass-produced electric cars. Decades before Elon Musk’s Tesla, the Enfield 8000, built at Neorio, Syros, was the brainchild of the...

April Fool’s Ancient Origins and the Tradition in Greece

The custom of setting aside a day, April Fool's Day, for playing harmless pranks upon one's neighbor has been relatively common in the world historically. There are three scenarios regarding the origins of April Fool's Day. Ancient Origins of April Fool's...

When Greece Was About to Swap the Greek Alphabet for Latin

In the mid 1970s when Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis proposed changing the Greek alphabet to Latin and making the Greek language phonetic, the minister of culture and a Parliament member threatened to resign. The unusual idea of the conservative PM...

Gold Wreath Still Adorns 2,500 Year-Old Skull in Crete, Greece

The skull of a crowned athlete with a gold wreath in the shape of a laurel branch still attached to it is perhaps one of the most impressive exhibits in Greece. The flesh disintegrated after 2,500 years, but the wreath...

Hot-air Balloons Capture the Spectacular Peach Blossoms of Imathia, Greece

In the region of Imathia in northern Greece every Spring turns into a spectacular quilt of hot pink and vivid green due to the blossoms of its famed peach trees that line the entire plain. Everyone on Earth has seen...

Naoussa: Greece’s Unique Carnival of Myth, Tragedy and Joy

Greece's rich history of traditions comes alive during the Carnival season, a time when ancient customs and modern celebrations come together. Among these, the Carnival of Naoussa has a special place. It highlights the depth of Greece's cultural heritage...