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Greece is a country in southeastern Europe, situated on the southern
end of the Balkan Peninsula. The country borders Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the east. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of mainland Greece, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has more than 1400 islands, of which 227 are inhabited), including Crete (which is the largest), the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, and the Ionian Islands among others. 80% of Greece consists of mountains, of which Mount Olympus is the highest. Greece has a population of about eleven million people.

Athens is the capital and the largest city in the country.

The Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens
a temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena

Delphi and the oracle of Apollo

Meteora Monasteries

Knossos Palace in Crete

Vovousa (near the national park of Valia Kalda) Kalda)

Important Greek Personalities
Aristotle, the philosopher, Homer , the author of the
epic poems Iliad and Odyssey. one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy

A scene from Odyssey Ulysses and the Sirens

Important Greek Personalities
Alexander the Great
He created one of the largest empires in ancient history.

El Greco, the Renaissance
artist, who lived and worked in Toledo, Spain His best known work is The Burial of the Count of Orgaz

Important Greek Personalities
Constantine P. Cavafy,
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the poet, who was born and lived in Alexandria, Egypt One of his best known poems is Thermopylae.
Thermopylae Honor to those who in their lives have defined and guard their Thermopylae. Never stirring from duty; just and upright in all their deeds, yet with pity and compassion too; generous when they are rich, and when they are poor, again a little generous, again helping as much as they can; always speaking the truth, yet without hatred for those who lie. And more honor is due to them when they foresee (and many do foresee) that Ephialtes will finally appear, and that the Medes in the end will go through. Constantine P. Cavafy (1903)

Constantin Carathéodory,
the mathematician, known for the Carathéodory conjecture

Greece Quiz
Are the following statements true or false? ‡ Greece is situated in western Europe. False in southeastern Europe ‡ Greece borders Turkey to the east. True ‡ The population of Greece is 15 million people. False It s about 11 million people. ‡ The Parthenon was dedicated to Zeus. False It was dedicated to Athena.

Greece Quiz
Are the following statements true or false?

‡ Knossos Palace is in Crete. True ‡ Odyssey was written by Homer. True ‡ Aristotle was a Renaissance artist. False He was a philosopher.

Greece Quiz
Can you answer the following questions? ‡ What is the largest Greek island? Crete ‡ What is the highest Greek mountain? Mount Olympos ‡ What is the capital of Greece? Athens ‡ What is Delphi famous for? The Oracle of Apollo

European Day of Languages
The Greek Language
Here are some common phrases in Greek: ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ /efch r st / = thank you /s gn m / = I apologise /l p me/ = I m sorry /p r k l / = please /s g p / = I love you

European Day of Languages
The Greek Language
Here are some common phrases in Greek: ‡ K ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ you /k l s r s te/ = welcome /k l mer / = Good morning /k l n kt / = Good night ; /t k n s/ = How are you? / her p l / = Nice to meet

Music Manos Hatzidakis

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