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The Presidential Guard: How Evzones Became a Potent Symbol of Greece

The long and honorable history of the Greek Presidential Guard (or Proedrikí Frourá in Greek) started on a day much like this, on December 12, 1868, in the newly established modern Greek state. This distinguished, battalion-sized military unit, dubbed Agema...

Should We Blame Ancient Greece for Today’s Search for Six-Pack Abs?

The cultural obsession with six-pack abdominal muscles shows no signs of abating. And if research into male body image is to be believed, it will likely only grow, thanks to social media. By Conor Heffernan Today, there’s an entire industry centered...

Stylianos Kyriakides: The Legendary Marathon Man Who Ran for Greece

Stylianos (Stelios) Kyriakides is a Greek legend for all Marathon runners, although he is best known for winning first place in the Boston Marathon in 1946.

Plagues Follow Bad Leadership in Ancient Greek Tales

The tales of ancient Greece remind the public that leaders must be able to plan for the future based on what happened in the past, examples are evidenced during their performance in the great plagues. By Joel Christensen In the fifth...

The Greek Ghost Village of Epirus and its History of Resistance to Tyranny

Paleo Mavronoros, an abandoned village in the Greek province of Epirus, has a long history of valiant resistance to tyrannical overlords -- and unique beauty all its own. Epirus, in the north-western corner of Greece is One of the country’s best-kept...

Why Did Ancient Greek Actors Wear Theater Masks?

One of the most enduring art forms from ancient Greece is that of theater. Greek tragedies and comedies are a touchstone for understanding ancient Greece's culture -- from Euripedes to Sophocoles -- and their written forms are still widely...

Heroes Fight Like Greeks: When the World Bowed to the Hellenic Spirit

Greek soldiers gained fame around the world in modern times for their incredible courage and fierce resistance against the Italian and German invasions in 1940 and 1941 and also during the brutal years under Axis occupation. Historical figures have long...

Saint Demetrios: The History of Thessaloniki’s Beloved Patron Saint

Saint Demetrios (or Dimitrios) of Thessaloniki is one of the most popular Christian saints not only in Greece but across the Orthodox Christian world, with millions of people bearing his name, in all of its many beautiful variations. Saint Demetrios...

Thessaloniki Celebrates Liberation from the Ottomans

It was October 26, 1912 when freedom bells rang in Thessaloniki, as the Greek army liberated the city from Ottoman rule. The city was freed only 20 days after the declaration of the First Balkan War. At the start of...

What if the Greeks Hadn’t Said “Oxi” on October 28, 1940?

"Oxi Day," on October 28, is a Greek national holiday; but it's establishment as such is not without its share of criticism, as there are those who argue that it commemorates the country's entry into a war instead of...