Ancient Greece
Greece is an amazing place. It is bordered by Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Greece has the oldest language. Greece is a huge tourist acttration, with some of the oldest building in the world. Greece is know for its beauty and its food. But theres a lot more to Greece than most people would think.
Ancient building in Athens, Greece.
Ancient building in Athens, Greece.

Daily Life-

The greeks love sports. Especially soccer which they call podisphero. They never won a game internationally but but they surprised the world by winning a earopuean championship in 2004. basketball, swimming, windsurfing, and sailing are also popular sports in greece. on weekends people like to go to the beach or go fishing. Some favorite games include tag, hop scotch, and hide-and-seek. When the greeks go to school they are required to go friom when they are 6-15 years old. They study all of the same subjects as the u.s. stuydents do but they also study ancient greece/greeks and religion. But the major diffenece is is that many of the students have priviate tutors and sometimes they go to special schools to help speed up their educational process.




History-
Although the history of ancient greece streches back to about 3000 b.c., cities-states bagan forming around 1300 b.c. The forming of the states-cities also came the forming of the Olympics. The first Olympics were held in Athens Greece, 776 b.c. Ancient greek civilazation reached its peak in 400 b.c. During that time Athens was the center of a vast overseas empire. the countries rich heritage of government, art, science, and drama played a very important role in the establishment of the Western Civilazation. But finally in 509 b.c. the democracy is established in Athens.

Religion-
The official religion of Greece is Greek Orthodox Christianity. There are over 150 million members of the church world wide and 10 million of them are in Greece. The remaining 2 percent of the population is 1.3 percent Muslim, 0.7 percent Jewish, Protestant, or Roman Catholic. the Eastern Orthodox Church practices and Beliefs haven't changed since the first millennium. The Greek meaning for "Orthodox" means "correct belief" emphasizing that the religion is devoted to the original faith of the first apostles. Unlike most religions, the men who are already married can become priest, but if this wife is to die, he will not be allowed to remarry. That means if an unmarried man decides to become a priest, he can marry up to the day he becomes an official priest. Unmarried men can become bishops because they do not have to support a family, that is the reason why married men only get two years of training.
A life-size staute of Archbishop Damaskinos
A life-size staute of Archbishop Damaskinos

A married priest of the Greek Orthodox
A married priest of the Greek Orthodox






Communication-
In Greece the offcial language is Greek, which is also one of the oldest languages in the world and the oldest language in Europe. The Greek alphabet has 24 letters. the Greeks are very strick on how you speak
their language. Every word can change just by stressing one syllable. In most big cities they have computers and Cell phone uses, but as soon as you enter the rural area, you will not see many T.V. let alone someone using the internet. In the more popular areas most of every radio, telephone, and T.V. systems have become largely privatized, when the used to be goverment owned.
This is the entire Greek Alphabet.
This is the entire Greek Alphabet.
From a newspaper printed in Athens, Greece.
From a newspaper printed in Athens, Greece.