Greece

Fun Facts About Greece

  • Greece is roughly the size of Alabama
  • No one in Greece can choose to not vote – voting is required by law for every citizen who is 18 or older
  • About 12 million people around the world speak Greek – the Greek language has been spoken for over 3,000 years
  • Thousands of English words come from the Greek language – words like “academy,” “apology,” “marathon,” “siren,” “alphabet,” and “typhoon”
  • There are more than 2,000 islands and the largest island is Crete
  • Continuously inhabited for over 7,000 years, Athens is one of the oldest cities in Europe
  • It is the birthplace of many things we know today, like democracy, the Olympic Games, political science and many mathematical principles
  • IT is the leading producer of sea sponges
  • Soccer is the national sport
  • The saying “taking the bull by its horns” comes from the Greek myth of Hercules saving Crete from a raging bull by seizing its horns
  • Some people believe that envious gazes or high praise from others can bring you bad luck – as such, the evil eye stares back at the world to ward off the evil spirits and keep you safe from harm

Music

Greek music is cool.  Lots of fun instruments and crazy rhythms.  Check out this website for a sampling of some great kids Greek music – I guarantee that you’ll love it.

Recipes

Talk about food?  Greek food is crazy good!

Here are the recipes to some of my favorite Greek dishes – all totally fun to make with kids.

Can you say “OPA”?!

 

Books

Ancient Greece

Classical Kids:  An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome

Look What Came From Greece

This is Greece

 

Get Involved

As always we would love for you to get involved.  Below are a couple of opportunities.  Special thanks to the Denver Greek Festival for these recommendations:

Greek Festival Charities

International Orthodox Christian Charities