Greece has presented to mankind brilliant philosophers and scientists, gave the origin of the thousands of modern words and explained some of the physical phenomena. Interesting facts about ancient Greece will enable the reader to get acquainted with this cradle of world civilization.

  • Ancient Greece consisted of more than 1500 city-states, the largest was Athens. Despite the fact that each of the policies had their own laws and army, conflicts were common between them.

  • If you have been on awine tour in Santorini, you know that ancient Greeks did not drink wine in its purest form. Drink was mixed with salt water in a ratio of 1:7. The mixture was drinking during the day as a soft drink.

  • Secured Greeks ladies had led an idle life.The only worthy doingwas jewelry viewing. They did not work and did not learn to read. They even took special dairy slaves for feeding their own infants.

  • Women who were disagree with this state of affairs, called heteras. They had a loot of knowledge, led an independent life and were rarely married, because they considered to be bad wives.

  • The average life expectancy was 36 years for women and 45 for men. Infant mortality was very high, half of the children were dying even in the first year of life.

  • The phrase «make a contribution»(«make a mite») came to us from Greece. Mite called a hundredth of the drachma (Greek monetary unit), which was very small and chip. The first coin of the face of the gods and heroes were struck from the front. Noses were rubbed very quickly in these images, so later the Greeks started to makehuman profiles on the coins.

  • The concept of democracy appeared in ancient Greece. Locals were paid for participation in the election so thats why theensureswere very high. Greek cities were managed by the assembly of all adult male or by the richest citizens panel who were called «the ruling minority» or oligarchs.

  • Greeks were the first who did Matha theoretical discipline. The works of Pythagoras, Euclid and Archimedes are the basis of modern algebra textbooks.

  • All physical exerciseswere made only when Greek was naked. First 13 Olympic Games consisted of running. Ancient athletes awarded olive wreaths, branches of olive and oil in amphoras.

  • Athens was named after the Greek goddess. She gave city the best gift — an olive tree. Poseidon competed with her and he gave water to citizens. People were happy at first, but when they found that the water was salty, they recognized Athena as a winner.

  • According to ancient legends philosopher Diogenes lived in a barrel. In fact, pithos served the shelter for the famous Greek. Pithos is a large earthen vessel which was buried in the ground to store grain in it.

    • The first tourist guide «Description of Greece» was written in the II century BC. The author of ten books wrote about Pausanias and invited to travel to the most interesting places in Greece. He described the temples, statues, theaters and tells about the local way of life.