Theater Was Invented in Ancient Greece

Most of us don’t think twice about the theater. It’s a large part of our culture and people have been attending plays and musicals for enjoyment for years. Some of us even make a living in the theater world by working as actors, writers, or in technical roles such as set and lighting design.

Did you know that if it wasn’t for the Ancient Greeks, theater may not even exist? Ancient Athens was the center of performance, and actors appeared as characters from the works of renowned playwrights like Sophocles and Aristophanes. Ancient Greek theater provided a foundation for many of today’s theatrical genres and traditions. Here’s more information on how the Ancient Greeks invented theater:

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All About Greek Meze

There is a culinary tradition in Greece and other Mediterranean countries referred to as meze. This is a concept that closely resembles our concept of “appetizers”, but in Greece, it’s much more than that. These small plates are meant to be shared and enjoyed amongst friends and family over a long period of time. Here’s a look at what traditional mezeare in Greece:

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Getting to Know the Tebtunis Papyri Project

The Tebtunis Papyri is the largest collection of papyrus texts in the Americas. The collection is so large it has not been counted or inventoried in full, but is thought to exceed 30,000 pieces. The National Hellenic Society has been involved with learning about these papyri and also protecting them. Here’s what you need to know about the Tebtunis Papyri Project:

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Top Beaches on Mykonos Island

Mykonos is one of those Greek islands that people flock to each year. They are attracted to the gorgeous scenery, relaxing way of life, and the gorgeous beaches. Although Mykonos is known as a party island, it is also great for families, too. The island has so many beaches, though, soit can be hard to choose which one is perfect for you. Here’s a look at our favorite Mykonos beaches to visit:

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Greek New Year’s Tradition of Vasilopita

On New Year’s Day and throughout the month of January, Greeks all over the world serve a special bread-like cake called “Vasilopita,” and there are many traditions associated with it. The cake is served on New Year’s Day, often at the stroke of midnight. Here’s more information about this tradition:

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5 Things You Must See on Rhodes

Rhodes is the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands and it is also a popular island to visit. The island is known for its ancient ruins, beach resorts, and attractions. There is no shortage of things to experience when on Rhodes. Here are just five things you won’t want to miss while visiting the island.

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Top Grains for Traditional Greek Cooks

Grains play an integral part in the Greek diet. The traditional Greek diet contains grains that you’re probably familiar with and others that you might not recognize or that are used less often today. Ancient Greekcuisine was founded on the Mediterranean Triad, which consisted of wine, olive oil, and wheat. Here are some frequently used grains you should know about.

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Don’t Miss These Unique Santorini Beaches

Santorini is one of the most well-known islands in Greece, but many people don’t realize that one of the things that makes it most unique is the volcanic activity. The island itself surrounds the caldera of an ancient, dormant volcano, and because of that, is much higher above sea level than other islands. The island’s volcanic history can be found throughout its geography, but it’s especially obvious on the beaches. These are just a few of the reasons why these beaches are especially unique. Here’s a look at the beaches you won’t want to miss:

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Top 5 Greek Philosophers to Know

The original meaning of the word philosophy comes from the Greek roots philo- meaning “love” and -sophos meaning “wisdom.” Ancient Greek philosophy began in the 6th century BC and continued through the Hellenistic period and the period when Ancient Greece was part of the Roman empire. Here are five Greek Philosophers you should know.

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How the Greeks Developed Democracy

Those of us who enjoy a system of government referred to as democracy tend to take itfor granted. However, there was a time when it didn’t even exist! Thanks to the Ancient Greeks, specifically those from the city-state of Athens, the world is able to enjoy the benefits that come with democracy.

How, exactly, did the Ancient Athenians develop this form of government? Over the course of history, inthe area that eventually became the modern-day country of Greece, the people developed the first democracy. Here’s more information about how this came about:

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