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Ancient Greece's Legacy in Modern World

Ancient Greece's Legacy in Modern World

Published: 2017-07-06

Ancient Greece has been very generous with its legacy to the modern world. Today's culture is significantly influenced by inventions and ideas born in Greece thousands of years ago.DemocracyDemocracy was introduced in 507 B.C. by a noble Athenian politician named Cleisthenes. He gave governance to the people and revolutionized the political mentality. Today's democratic tradition and ideas of personal freedom and equal rights era 100%made in Greece. ... read more

Oedipus: The tragic King

Oedipus: The tragic King

Published: 2017-07-06

King Oedipus was the main character in Sophocles’ tragic plays, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. He was the son of the King Laius and Queen Jocasta of Thebes. A prophesy from the oracle of Delphi said that any son they had would eventually kill King Laius. So when Jocasta gave birth to him, she abandoned him to the mountains. Instead of perishing a servant found him and ... read more

Sisyphus: a never ending struggle

Sisyphus: a never ending struggle

Published: 2017-07-06

The story of Sisyphus is commonly used the recent years to refer to the Greek debt crisis. It symbolizes peoples struggles to outsmart their fragile nature and accomplish something impossible.Sisyphus was known for his craftiness and deceitful nature. He was the son of King Aeolus of Thessaly and Enarete, and the founder of the city of Corinth. He was smart but vain and found great pleasure in tricking others. He even ... read more

How to plan your greek orthodox wedding

How to plan your greek orthodox wedding

Published: 2017-07-06

For most Greek Orthodox Christians, the planning of a wedding comes in two phases. Firstly, we need to prepare ourselves to enter into the Sacrament of Marriage. Second, we need to determine how we will celebrate after the wedding ceremony is finished.The first thing is to decide if you will get married in the Orthodox Church. If the answer is yes, you will want to talk to your priest right away ... read more

Antigone by Sophocles: The Greek tragedy and the sense of duty

Antigone by Sophocles: The Greek tragedy and the sense of duty

Published: 2017-07-06

Sophocles is one of the top playwrighters from Ancient Greece. Antigone is his most famous tragedy that was first produced in Athens around 440 B.C.E. It is important to understand that these plays were not only stories or pieces of entertainment but a form of social and moral debate.The story unfolds as Antigone ,the daughter of king Oedipus, finds herself in Thebes in a time of war and tyranny. Her ... read more

Amazons: Feminism was born in Greece

Amazons: Feminism was born in Greece

Published: 2017-07-06

Thanks to amazon.com we use this greek word everyday rarely realizing that it refers to the greek mythological creatures; The Amazons ,a race of female warriors. According to legend,they removed one of their breasts to make it easier to use their bow.That's where the name amazon comes from(a =without, mazos=breast). They were strong, dangerous women who were also very beautiful. They were definitely the subject of fascination. Heredotus refers ... read more

The rise and fall of Daedalus and Icarus

The rise and fall of Daedalus and Icarus

Published: 2017-07-06

Their story is not so mush a story of a father and son rather than a story of crime and punishment. Ancient Greeks loved these moral stories. Daedalus was a successful craftsman in Athens. His arrogance led him to kill his talented student Talus by pushing him off the edge of the Acropolis. However goddess Athena saved Talus and cursed Daedalus. Daedalus had to move to Crete. There he became ... read more

Money: a Greek invention

Money: a Greek invention

Published: 2017-07-06

Money was an invention that radicalized the simple ancient economy that was based on trading products. The Greeks were the first civilization in Europe to use coin money and definitely influenced their neighbors. Greeks have been using some form of money in exchange for goods and services since 1100 BC. Back then, however, the drachma wasn’t shaped like coins – it had the form of several long rods that ... read more