• Greek Patriot Honoured for Donating €23M Estate to Greek Armed Forces

    The Greek President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, honoured Iakovos Tsounis, the Greek shipowner and World War 2 veteran who earlier this month donated his entire 23 million euro estate to the Greek Armed Forces. The equivalent of $27.9M US. Iakovos Tsounis was born in 1924, near Patras, in Western Greece. A descendant of Greek warriors who fought in the 1821 Greek revolution and the 13th child in the family.  At just 16, he voluntarily joined the Greek Army and went directly to the front line in the mountains of Albania during the Greek-Italian War of 1940. Tsounis is the youngest internationally-recognized veteran of the Anti-Nazi and anti-fascist war. His participation…

  • The Ancient Greek History of the Handshake from 5th Century B.C.

    The handshake dates back as far as possible. Archaeological relics indicate that in 5th century B.C., handshakes were practiced in Ancient Greece. It was a sign of peace that showed you weren’t carrying a weapon. A funeral relic from the 5th century in Berlin’s Pergamon Museum, the most visited in Germany, depicts two soldiers shaking hands. A 5th-century stone slab depicts Hera and Athena shaking hands. In the epic literature classics: The Odyssey and The Iliad, the Greek poet Homer mentions handshaking many times as demonstrations of trust. The handshake developed into more of an arm grab during the Roman period. The shaking of hands up and down may have…

  • Greece Makes Tokyo Olympics After Beating Russia in Men’s Water Polo

    The National Greek Water Polo Team started the match with an impressive lead of 4-1. The Russians responded immediately and tied at 5-5 before the end of the first half, which had Greece leading 6-5. At the end of the 3rd period Greece was leading by 2 goals (11-9). In the 4th period Angelos Vlachopoulos, who was voted man of the match, scored a very importnt goal that would lead Greece to a 13-10 victory. The President of the Hellenic Swimming Federation Dimitris Diathesopoulos stated: “It was a great day for Greece, water polo and the country’s sports. I congratulate all the contributors to this great success, players and coaches.…

  • The Top 20 Greek Baby Names

    Many non-Greeks “Xeni” after watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding might think that in the whole country of Greece there are only two or three most common Greek names. Well, sorry but not everyone is named Niko! Interestingly a full 40 percent of Greek men have one of the top five names, and 60 percent have a name in the top 10. Three in every 10 Greek women have one of the most common top five names. Moreover, it is very common for Greek parents to stick to tradition and name their children after their grandparents. Whether you’re on the hunt for names for your baby, your gaming characters or…

  • Greek School will be First in the World to Send Stuff to the Moon

    Amazing news for Greece! A Greek school in Athens will be the first in the world to send materials to the moon, including messages, photos and personal testimonies, via the SpaceX company’s upcoming space flight. The Moraitis School has recently announced the introduction of a new space exploration educational programme, having secured an exclusive partnership with Galactic Legacy Labs LLC. The Moraitis Moon Landing Program, covers all levels and began in late January and will run until the end of March. Through the “Lunarprise” programme, Galactic Legacy Labs has invested in Space X’s next unmanned mission to the Moon and has the right to leave a small “ark” there, captured…

  • The Most Beautiful Snowy Acropolis Photos and Videos

    As most of America has seen snow these last few days from Texas to New York and all the way up to Toronto, Canada it was Athens rare turn to wear white. Greece rarely gets snow and has seen snow in the Northern parts weeks ago, from Kozani to Florina. So today, the amazing Acropolis and most of Athens woke up to a beautifully rare sight of snow from Syntagma to Glyfada. Greece is widely known for over 250 days of sunshine per year so today was one of those rare and romantically beautiful scenes for Athenians. We have gathered the most beautiful snow covered Acropolis photos from social media…

  • The National Geographic Photos of Greece in 1920

    We have discovered some of the most beautiful and rare photos of glorious Greece from 1920. These amazing shots were captured from the lens of the late talented photographer Maynard Owen Williams. This National Geographic photographer from 1919 began travelling to countries from a young age. Williams was a pioneer in travel photography, he wrote numerous foreign articles for the popular and world renowned magazine.There is even an award named after him in his memory: ‘The Maynard Owen Williams Prize” at Kalamazoo College. Maynard Owen Williams was the first National Geographic foreign correspondent in 1919. During his career, Williams travelled to Asia and even witnessed the Russian Revolution. In 1923, Maynard…

  • Greece’s Spring “Marti” Red and White Bracelet Tradition

    The Greeks have many customs dating back to the days of Ancient Greece. One of the many is the “Marti” bracelet or “Martaki”. This Ancient Greek custom marks the beginning of Spring. The “Marti” (March in English), is a custom that is also known in other Balkan countries like Bulgaria. The Bulgarians call it a “Martinitsa”.

The name is derived from the Greek word for the month of March, “Martios”! On March 1st, it is Greek tradition, especially for children, to wear a bracelet made of twisted red and white thread. The red symbolizes rosy cheeks and the white a fair complexion. Some believe the white symbolizes purity, and the red…

  • How Greek Mythology Influenced Valentine’s Day

    Aphrodite and the Rose “When we think of roses, we think of love.” A popular phrase today and very true statement. As Valentine’s Day has grown to become a huge commercial celebration worldwide, so has the popularity of its most recognizable symbol, the rose. For us to understand the meaning of the rose, we need to go back to Ancient Greece and to Goddess Aphrodite, the creator of the rose. In human literature, the earliest references to roses are from the Ancient Greeks, where roses were portrayed as being associated with beauty and love. The Greek Goddess of love, Aphrodite, created the first rose, according to Greek mythology.  When Aphrodite’s lover, Adonis, was…

  • 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 or Arab, she was Greek!” History tells us that Cleopatra was not Egyptian as many Egyptians have been claiming on social media. Cleopatra was Macedonian Greek, (no not that little Slavic Vardaska country that is now being called North Macedonia outside of Greece). Cleopatra was from Macedonia, in Northern Greece, and part of the Ptolemaic…

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