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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.
 

Here is how Ancient Greeks celebrated the summer solstice

Perhaps this will give you some inspiration for your own celebration of the solstice! In many different ancient societies, solstices are an extremely important, including Ancient Greece. To celebrate the solstice, the ancient Greeks held a festival each year. The summer solstice was also used as a signifier as to win the Olympic games would be held.

The statue of Kolokotronis

Built in 1895, the statue of Kolokotronis stands in Athens near the public university. The statue was built in honor of him and his victory in the independence from the Ottoman Empire in liberating Greece. He is known as one of the most famous figures in Greek history, and one of the pivotal figures in creating the modern Greece that we know of today. There are many monuments of him all over the country, but the one in Athens is perhaps the most iconic. I recommend that you visit if you’re in the area.

Did you know about Ukraines historical Greek community?

Greeks are all over the world! Even in Ukraine, making them more vulnerable to the war that is going on right now between Ukraine and Russia. This Greek minority has been in Ukraine since Ionians came from the city of Miletus in Asia Minor in around 7th century BC. They settled in an area called Mariupul which as named after the Virgin Mary. Over time these Greeks developed their own culture and dialects, but unfortunately many have been forced to leave ever since the war.

Where the name “Greece” comes from

Many people might be surprised to find out that Greek people don’t actually call Greece, “Greece.” They use the word Hellas/Hellada. this is the word for Greece, in the native tongue. Greece comes from the Latin word “Graecia” which was first used by the Romans. It then spread all across the world, which is why many different countries called Greece, Greece instead of Hellada.
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