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How Many Greeks are There Around the World

The Greek diaspora, or the number of people with Greek ancestry living outside of the country, is one of the most widespread and largest in the world. Since ancient times, Greeks have traveled the world, making the their homes in...

The Battle of Thermopylae: When the Greeks Fought to Defend Western Civilization

The Battle of Thermopylae and the fight of 300 Spartans against 10,000 elite Persian soldiers is a magnificent moment in Greece's history.

The Day Greeks of Smyrna Welcomed the Hellenic Fleet in Asia Minor

On May 14, 1919, thousands of Greeks of Smyrna wore their best clothes and rushed to the city's seafront to get a glimpse of the Hellenic navy. On that day, what had been for centuries the Greek metropolis in...

The Real Face of Aristotle? Artist Reconstructs Ancient Greeks

Italian artist Alessandro Tomasi has reconstructed the faces of ancient Greek and Roman philosophers and statesmen using statues and busts kept in various museums around the world as reference. Tomasi, who is based in Florence, has gained thousands of followers...

Why Greeks Crack Red Eggs on Easter

Greeks have been cracking red eggs at Easter for centuries. The tradition, although it is also a fun game, is steeped in religious symbolism.

Did Ancient Greeks Enjoy Swimming and Going to the Beach?

Every summer, Greeks flock to the beaches of the Aegean and Ionian seas to swim and get a tan. But did the ancient Greeks enjoy the beach?

Did the Ancient Greeks See Blue Like We Do?

Linguists and experts in the ancient world have long been puzzled by the absence of a distinct word for the color in Ancient Greek.

Greeks Mark Solemn Holy Friday With Epitaphios Processions

Holy Friday, or Good Friday, is a profoundly mournful day in Greece which commemorates the Passion of Christ with the traditional Epitaphios processions. A nationwide affair, it recalls the moments leading up to and including the crucifixion of Jesus Christ,...

Why Greeks Dye Eggs Red for Easter

Dying eggs red in anticipation of Greek Easter is a beloved tradition. Families across Greece dye their eggs red together on Holy Thursday.

The Modern-Day Agatha Christie that Has Greeks Glued to their TVs

Every Friday evening, hundreds of thousands of Greeks are glued to their TV sets watching the latest episode of "Fos sto Tounel," or "Light in the Tunnel," by investigative journalist Angeliki Nikolouli. Nikolouli has earned a reputation as a hard...

The Tragic Story of the Four Greeks Who Perished on the Titanic

The tale of the four Greek men who died on the Titanic is not often told, but it is one of the many tragic stories about the ill-fated ship.

How Did Bronze Age Greeks Know About Monkeys from Asia?

Scientists have debated why Bronze Age wall paintings at the ancient site of Akrotiri depict monkeys that came from thousands of miles away in Asia for years.

Manuscript Reveals Battle Between Greeks and Goths at Thermopylae

An ancient manuscript that has been recently revealed indicates that in 262 AD there was another battle at Thermopylae that essentially saved Greece from the Goths. In 2007, Jana Grusková, PhD, of Masaryk University, discovered a manuscript fragment containing a...

History of the Greeks in Ukraine: Staying Silent We Betray Our Heritage

The history of the Greeks’ presence on the northern shore of the Black Sea, what is now Ukraine and Russia, goes back millennia, even before the Classical Greek era. The Myceneans, one of history’s first seafaring cultures, knew the Black...

Greeks Revolted More than 100 Times Before the War of Independence

Greek revolt until the War of Independence started as early as 1481, with Greeks taking arms against the Ottomans 123 times until 1821