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redsoxdw_

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Filiki Eteria, also known as the Society of Friends was an early Greek group that attempted to overthrow the Ottoman Empire many times. They were first brought together in 1814, which is when there was a lot of struggles going on in Europe; they were trying to capitalize on the instability happening at the time. Their first revolt happened years later in 1821 in the Danubian Principalities (conventional name given to the Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia) which was one of the first revolts of the Ottoman Empire.
 

k_tsoukalas

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Filiki Eteria, also known as the Society of Friends was an early Greek group that attempted to overthrow the Ottoman Empire many times. They were first brought together in 1814, which is when there was a lot of struggles going on in Europe; they were trying to capitalize on the instability happening at the time. Their first revolt happened years later in 1821 in the Danubian Principalities (conventional name given to the Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia) which was one of the first revolts of the Ottoman Empire.
This is a very cool story - I love hearing the stories of how Greece eventually overcame Ottoman occupation.
 

What is the history of hookah in Greece?

I have recently seen quite a few videos of old traditional Greek music, and many of the singers seem to be singing and eating alongside a hookah pipe. I don’t really think that this is common in Greece nowadays, so I’m wondering what the history is behind this practice. Does anyone know how it was introduced in Greece and why it went away?

"Cloudy Sunday" or "Ouzeri Tsitsanis" is a fantastic Greek film about love during Nazi occupation

This is one of Greece's best historical time piece films. The story follows a love between a Christian boy and a Jewish girl during the Nazi occupation in Greece. The story of occupation is not widely known around the world, but it is something very near and dear to Greek peoples hearts. It was a very dark time during Greece history, and the effects of the occupation were very strong, especially on the countries Jewish and Roma population. Let me know if you like this film.

The most famous byzantine style buildings!

Byzantine architecture is one of the hallmarks of Greek buildings, especially churches and holy sites. Some of the most famous Byzantine style buildings include the Hagia Sophia (of course), Hagia Irene, Cathedral Church of Agia Sophia of Thessalonica, and the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian. These buildings have striking Byzantine architecture with beautiful domes on top and ornate designs inside. I can't wait to visit one day.

How many people know Ancient Greek?

As some of you may know, ancient Greek is taught in all public schools throughout Greece. Although, many people aren't actually able to speak modern Greek and communicate between each other because it is a dead language, similar to Latin. Greek people are taught how to write ancient Greek and they learn how modern Greek is derived from ancient Greek. As you can see in the video, many people don't actually remember much of it and it has actually been criticized that it is not so valuable as some educators may think. What are your thoughts?

The history of dressing for apokries (Greek carnival)

Apokries is the Greek carnival that happens right before Holy Lent, so it changes every year. It is sort of similar to Halloween....but not really. Comparing it to Halloween is really the best way to describe it to someone who is from a country that does not have this celebration. Dressing up in costumes is a practice that dates all the way back to Ancient Greece and was then incorporated to celebrate the Orthodox period before lent. Many different areas of Greece have specific costumes that people will usually dress up as. But for the most part, people can dress up as pretty much anything they want.
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