10 Interesting facts about Greece and the Greek language

For people interested in visiting or curious to learn more about Greece and the Greek language, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. Human history in Greece goes back to 120,000 BC, with evidence found in the Petralona cave from a northern Greek province.  Greece is recognized as the birthplace of Western civilization, starting with the Cycladic civilization in 3200 BC.
  • 2. In Greek, Greece is called the Hellenic Republic, with roots going back to Hellenistic Greece in 323 to 146 BC.
  • 3. The Greek language has written history going back to 1400 BC and is currently spoken by over 13 million people.  Besides Greece, the Greek language is also spoken by different communities in Cyprus, Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Southern Italy, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, UK, Germany, Canada, US, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and others.  The Greek alphabet was the basis for the English language.
  • 4. Greece has more than 2,000 islands including all sizes, of which ~170 are inhabited.  The largest islands include Crete, Euboea, Lesbos, Rhodes, Chios, Caphalonia, Corfu, Lemnos, Samos, Naxos, Zakynthos, Thassos, Andros, Lefkada, Karpathos, Kos, Kythira, Icaria, Skyros, Paros and Tinos.  With all the islands, the coastline of Greece reaches ~9,300 miles, only 20% smaller than that of the US.
  • 5. About 80% of Greece is filled with mountains and hills, with the highest being Mount Olympus at 2,917 meters or 9,570 feet.  Other notable peaks include the Pindus mountain range with Mount Smolikas and the Vikos Gorge, the deepest gorge worldwide.
  • 6. There’s a rich history of philosophers and writers form Greece. The story of the Odyssey and Iliad from Homer comes from Greece in ~800 BC.  Aesop and his fables from ~600 BC.  Western philosophy is said to have started in Greece, with well known Socrates from ~400 BC whom pushed things a bit too far and got a shot of hemlock for his teachings (maybe he should have taken Aesop’s footsteps and told his stories in the form of animals, less confrontational).  Followers of Socrates include Plato with his cave and Aristotle, one the teachers of Alexander the Great.  You also have the philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras from ~500 BC and his Pythagorean theorem.  Aeschylus from ~500 BC is known as the father of tragedy, holding many plays in the Theatre of Dionysus with stories including Oresteia, the Suppliant Maidens, the Persians and Seven Against Thebes.  Historical writers include Thucydides and Xenophon from ~400 BC, writing the history of Peloponnesian War with Athens and Sparta, eventually ending on the shores of Italy.
  • 7. Cuisine in Greece includes fresh ingredients including herbs (oregano, thyme, basil, mint, garlic, dill, bay leaves and fennel seeds), vegetables, grains, bread, various meats, fish and seafood, feta cheese (made from goat’s milk), olives, olive oil on everything hot or cold, nuts and honey (Pythagoras lived on it almost exclusively).   Greeks consume more olive oil per person than anywhere worldwide.  Common dishes include the classic Greek salad, Dakos, Spanakopita, Moussaka, Pitas and many others.  Much the Greek food and dishes haven’t changed for a couple thousand years.
  • 8. Beverages in Greece include wine that has a history going back to ~4500 BC (the oldest known wine production worldwide), a time when Dionysus was popular and used in various Dionysian celebrations.   Besides wine, Greece is also home to many local microbreweries as well as the liquors Ouzo, Tsipouro, Mastika, Kitron and Tentura.
  • 9. The weather in Greece is typically sunny, with more than 250 days of sunshine a year.
  • 10. Tourism is a big part of the economy in Greece, with over 16 million visitors for a population of 11 million.

Have your own networks with others in Greece

If you regularly share content or work with people in Greece, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your language, including Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, Italian and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views in respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability to add networks, use the applications, and initial storage for your various files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in Greece, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples and relevant blog articles.

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