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Zozo Christodoulou, The First Greek Woman to Run the Marathon

On October 19, 1974, Zozo Christodoulou did something that no other Greek woman had done before: she ran in the original Marathon race, making history for Greek women. At the time, the race was called the "Open Marathon" or "The...

The Golden Age of Greek Science

Greece had two golden ages. The legacies of Greek golden ages, especially in science, made Western civilization what we know today.

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...

Philhellene Samuel Gridley Howe in the Greek War of Independence

In this year of the Bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence, the stories of many notable philhellenes are being told. One of the most prominent philhellenes of all was the influential American educator Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, who revealed...

Descendants of American Philhellenes Helped Greece Again in 1941

A historic discovery was made recently when a Greek immigrant who is a medical professor at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania happened upon a newspaper from 1941 which showed descendants of 1826 philhellenes stepping up to help Greece...

Prince Albert and the Tradition of the Christmas Tree

Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria, almost single-handedly brought the tradition of the Christmas tree to the British Isles; from there it spread to the rest of the English-speaking world, as just one of his many innovations that...

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.

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 Great Schism Split Christianity into East and West

The East–West Schism that occurred in 1054 represents one of the most significant, and tragic, events in the history of Christianity. Eastern and Western Christians had a history of differences and disagreements, some dating back to the earliest days...

The Milesian School: Ancient Greece’s Pioneers of Philosophy

The Milesian School, a branch of pre-Socratic philosophy based in the Asia Minor town of Miletus in the sixth century BC, produced three thinkers who together formed the basis of the later Western scientific method. It is generally considered to...

Majestic Acropolis Lighting Wins International Award

Eleftheria Deko, the designer behind the new lighting of Acropolis won the LIT Lighting Design of the Year Award for 2021. The new lighting of one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world was unveiled in September 2020 during...

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.

Rare Drachma Coin Sold for Record 162,000 Euros in Auction

A rare 50-drachma coin fetched a record price of 162,000 euros at an auction in Switzerland recently. The coin was sold on November 17, at an auction which featured other historical coins. Issued by the Greek government in 1876, only 182 such...

Demosthenes, the Ancient Greek Orator and Politician

Demosthenes is considered the most important orator of antiquity and of all times, as many of his speeches were studied by students of rhetoric for centuries