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Alexander the Great’s 4000 Kalash Descendants in Pakistan

Meet the Kalash tribe, a people that live in Pakistan’s Chitral province, which historians believe are the descendants of Alexander the Great’s army who settled in the area around 23 centuries ago. With a population of only 4,000 people, their distinctive culture is on the verge of extinction. The Kalash are a small ethnic and […]

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5 Things You May Not Know About Greek Independence Day

The Greek War of Independence, also known as the Greek Revolution of 1821 or the Greek Revolution was a successful war of independence by Greek revolutionaries against the 400 year oppression from the Ottoman Empire. The war lasted from 1821 to 1829. Britain, France, and Russia later backed the Greeks, while their North African vassals, […]

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Greece Hopes Marble Loan From Italy Will Get UK to Return Parthenon Sculptures

Italy has loaned Greece a 2500 year old marble foot of Goddess Artemis. Greece hopes the gesture of the foot loan, which is just the size of a shoebox, may help the British Museum finally realize that the Parthenon Marbles must be returned home to Greece. Greece hopes that the 2,500-year-old marble fragment, which arrived […]

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The Discovery of the Tomb of King Philip II (Alexander’s Father) in Greece Proves Macedonia is Greek

Everyone in the world needs to know about the great 1977 discovery of Greek archaeologist and Professor of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Manolis Andronikos. He announced to the world that he had discovered the tomb of the Macedonian King Philip II in Vergina, Greece. Manolis was responsible for one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of […]

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The Greek Roots of Santa Claus

Saint Nicholas of Myra, also known as Nikolaos of Myra, was a 4th-century Christian saint and the Greek Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor (Greek Anatolia in present-day Turkey). He is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker because of the numerous miracles ascribed to his intervention. He was known for hidden gifts, such as slipping […]

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Greek War of Independence Movie ‘Cliffs of Freedom’ Available to Stream

The National Hellenic Society (NHS) has announced that Cliffs of Freedom, a historical drama film set during Greece’s War of Independence, will be available to stream on major platforms starting September 13, 2021. The late legendary actor Christopher Plummer plays Thanasi and gives an outstanding performance. The film also features many prominent Greek actors, including: Costas […]

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Cleopatra: The Charming Macedonian Greek Ruler of Egypt

There has been controversy lately regarding the ethnic origins of Cleopatra. Since the Superwoman actress Gal Gadot announced she will play Cleopatra in an upcoming Hollywood movie many Egyptians and Arabs have been bashing her on social media. Fans of Gal Gadot have defended the Israeli actress on social media saying “Cleopatra was not black […]

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The Strong Spartan Women of Ancient Greece

In education and intellectual cultivation, the Spartan woman was equal to the Spartans. It was a society which honoured both its women and its most glorious warriors. The Spartan man who died heroically in battle had the same status as the Spartan woman who died during childbirth. Their names were written on tombstones outside the […]

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Ikaria: The Incredible Blue Zone Greek Island of Long Life

Located 10 nautical miles (19 km) southwest of Samos, the magical Greek island of Ikaria is in the Aegean Sea. It received its name from Icarus, in Greek mythology, the son of Daedalus, who fell into the nearby sea. Ikaria was featured on CNN, Oprah, several best-selling books, magazines such as Men’s Health, numerous newspaper […]

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The Legendary Shield of Achilles

In the epic Homer poem ‘The Iliad’ there are 134 verses dedicated to the shield of Achilles. In Greek Mythology, Achilles lost his armor after lending it to Patroclus. Patroclus gets killed in the battle of Hector and his weapons are taken as booty. Then the mother of Achilles, Thetis, asks the god Hephaestus to forge […]

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