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Hermes, the God of Thieves in Ancient Greece

In Greek mythology, Hermes is considered the messenger God, in charge of protecting travelers, thieves, and guide the souls to the Hades

What Did India Learn From the Ancient Greeks?

The interaction of the two great ancient civilizations of Greece and India began with the invasion of Alexander the Great in 326 BC.

Globe-trotting Greek Photographer in Athens Exhibition

The free entry exhibition of awarded Greek travel photographer Athanasios Maloukos has entered its final week on show at Technopolis in Athens under the auspices of the Embassy of Mexico and the Consulate of the Ivory Coast. The showcase, titled...

Most Common Greek Gestures and Their Meaning

Greek people are known for their vivid expression of emotions, among which various gestures occupy a special place. A sign of gratitude or insult, agreement or question, their unique diversity in many ways reflects this vibrant culture. Knowing these gestures...

The Story Behind the First Greek Flag

The first Greek flag was made on the island of Skiathos at the Holy Monastery of Evangelistria in the year 1807.

The American Author Who Fell in Love With the Greek Language

Mary Norris is an American author who learned the Greek language during her twenty-four-year career at the famous ''New Yorker'' magazine.

Greece Blasts British Museum for Parthenon Marbles Fashion Show

Greece's Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said Saturday that the fashion show at the British Museum featuring the Parthenon Marbles "degrades the sculptures and the universal values they represent." Earlier in the day designer Erdem Moralıoğlu staged his latest London Fashion...

Nikos Kazantzakis: The Greatest Greek Writer of the 20th Century

Nikos Kazantzakis is for many the best Greek writer of the 20th century and his books have been translated more than any of his contemporaries.

25 Things that Make You Uniquely Greek

Several characteristics and nuances are uniquely Greek. Greeks indeed stand apart from other nationalities in many aspects of everyday life. To a foreigner, some of those may seem inconceivable, absurd even, but a Greek wouldn't feel Greek unless he abides...

The Flowering of Athens in the Fifth Century B.C.

In Athens, the fifth century BC served as a period in which art, literature, and thought flourished, and it ultimately defines our image of Ancient Greece. by Patrick Garner In the 21st century, much of what the world thinks of as...

The First Kiss in Recorded History Took Place 4,500 Years Ago

In a recent discovery, scientists have uncovered the first kiss in recorded history. New evidence suggests  that our ancestors may have engaged in kissing as early as 4,500 years ago. The evidence comes in the form of clay tablets found in regions...

Valentine’s Day: The Greek Roots of the Saint of Love

Was Saint Valentine Greek? Although much of the historical information on Valentine's life is somewhat obscure, a community of Catholics on Lesvos has told Greek Reporter there are strong clues that he was either Greek or of Greek origin. This...

Saint Yakinthos: Crete’s Valentine Equivalent

February 14th is the globally-celebrated day of Saint Valentine, internationally known as the day of lovers. Millions of stores around the world are lavishly decorated in red and vast quantities of roses, chocolates, and stuffed animals are sold and...

When Did Ancient Egyptians Start Using Hieroglyphs?

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs were commonly etched into stone and used in temples, tombs, and other monuments, with the first fully formed sentence found around 2800 BC. The word "hieroglyphs" comes from the Greek adjective "hieroglyphikos," meaning "sacred carving." Early forms...

Why Greeks Break Plates: The History Behind the Custom

The sound of a plate smashing, shattering loudly as it meets the floor, is distinctive and tends to turn heads in a restaurant. Most of us, startled, think, Oh No! an unfortunate accident has occurred. But when plates shatter on...