Greece: 15 Things You Never Knew (Part 2)

Not too long ago, we brought you the first list of interesting facts about the fascinating and historic Greece. The western world is what it is today because of the influence this great nation has had on the development of the first world. Here is part two of our list.

Number Eight: Greeks Wave With a Closed Palm

They do not wave with an open hand in Greece. Apparently, it’s quite insulting to show the palm of your hand while greeting someone, so remember this if you ever visit.

Number Seven: Greece Was Once Underwater

It used to be a giant rock submerged in the sea. A tectonic plate then crashed into Europe and caused the mountainous landscape we see in the modern day. The plate still moves and causes earthquakes frequently.

Number Six: Lord Byron the Hero

A British poet named Lord Byron loved Greek culture so much, he traveled there to help them fight against the Turks in the Greek War of Independence. He died at a young age (36) but is still considered a national hero.

Number Five: Feasts Were Exclusively For Men

One of the most popular meals served at these feasts were roasted pig stuffed with duck, eggs, and oysters. Women only attended these events as entertainers (a profession that was looked down upon).

Number Four: Long-Haired Warriors

Warriors in Sparta were distinguished by long, flowing locks. They even made sure to comb it before battle, and the more cowardly ones were forced to shave half their head and half their beard as well.

Number Three: ‘Tragedy’ Means ‘Goat Song’ in Greek

Tragedies were tales about gods, kings, and hero figures. Typically the plays depicting these characters wore goatskins, which contributed to the title of this phenomenon.

Number Two: Low Divorce Rates, High Abortion Rates

Greece joined the European Union in 2001. Among the other countries in the EU, it has the lowest divorce rates and the highest rates of abortion.

Number One: Flag Symbology

The Greek flag includes blue and white stripes. The blue represents the sea and sky, and the white stands for the purity and struggle of freedom. We hope you enjoyed part two of our article on Greece.