Cultural Information Greece

Official Travel Website

www.visitgreece.gr

Culture Gram

Culture Gram

Federal Travel Website

travel.state.gov

Common Cuisine

  • Dakos
  • Spanakopita
  • Fakes
  • Baked lamb with potatoes
  • Fanouropita 

  

 

Music

  • Giorgos Mazonakis
  • Panos Kalidis
  • Master Tempo
  • Stelios Rokkos
  • Konstantinos Argyros

Listen to more before you go at Greek Radio

Ballooons

Television and Films

  • Xenia
  • Tungsten
  • A Touch of Spice
  • Children of the Riots
  • The Voice of Greece

Recommended Readings

  • Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Middle sex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • My Family and Other Animals By Gerald Durrell
  • The Magus by John Fowles
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos

Who's Who?

Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author and syndicated columnist. She is best known for her news website The Huffington Post. At one time a liberal Democrat, she later became a popular conservative commentator in the mid-1990s, after which she re-adopted liberal political beliefs in the late 1990s.She is the former spouse of former Republican congressman Michael Huffington. In 2009, Huffington was named as number 12 in Forbes' first-ever list of the Most Influential Women in Media. She has also moved up to number 42 in The Guardian's Top 100 in Media List.

Yanni is a self-taught New Age keyboardist who was known for his musical shorthand: a blending of jazz, classical, soft rock, and world music. More than a dozen of his albums were No. 1 in the Top New Age Album category on Billboard.

Marcos Baghdatis is a Greek Cypriot professional tennis player. He was the runner-up at the 2006 Australian Open and a semifinalist at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships and reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 8 in August 2006.

Homer is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. He is known all over the world for his two epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Historians believe that Homer was blind, as shown by his name, which in Greek means "he who can't see". Many cities claim to be the birthplace of Homer, while it is believed that he died in Ios, the homeland of his mother. He lived in the 8th century BC and didn't actually write his poems, but narrated them and scholars wrote them down. Source: www.greeka.com

Politics

Karolos Papoulias has been the President of Greece since 2005. He was the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1985 to 1989 and from 1993 to 1996.

Antonis Samaras is a Greek politician who has been Prime Minister of Greece since 2012. He is also Leader of New Democracy. Samaras previously served as Minister of Finance in 1989, as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1989 to 1992, and as Minister of Culture and Sport in 2009. Samaras was known for a 1993 controversy in which he effectively caused the New Democracy Government, of which he was a member, to fall from power. In spite of this he rejoined the party in 2004 and was elected to its leadership in a closely fought intra-party election in late 2009. He is the seventh leader of the party since it was founded in 1974.

Pericles was arguably the most prominent and influential Greek statesman, orator and general of Athens during the Golden Age— specifically the time between the Persian and Peloponnesian wars. He was descended, through his mother, from the powerful and historically influential Alcmaeonid family.

Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a king of the Greek kingdom of Macedon. Born in Pella in 356 BC, Alexander succeeded his father, Philip II, to the throne at the age of twenty. He spent most of his ruling years on an unprecedented military campaign through Asia and northeast Africa, until by the age of thirty he had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world, stretching from Greece to Egypt and into present-day Pakistan. He was undefeated in battle and is considered one of history's most successful commanders.

Cultural Activities

  • Solve your way out of Athens Clue, the 4D escape game room
  • Walk through the Botanical Park of Crete in Chania Town
  • Visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira
  • Escape to Skaros Rock in Imerovigli

Recommended Websites

Greece



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