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seleanor

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I can't get enough of these books! Please comment your suggestions, these are just a few that I've read, I'm sure there are many more great ones that I need to check out

-All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
-National Geographic, The Greeks: An Illustrated Biography by Diane Harris Cline
-Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation by Roderick Beaton
 

Worldwide Greeks Editor

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Here are a few Greek history books that are great to add to your list:

- Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times Paperback – April 16, 2013 by Thomas R. Martin
- The Rise of Athens: The Story of the World's Greatest Civilization Paperback – September 26, 2017 by Anthony Everitt
- Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation Paperback – March 5, 2020 by Roderick Beaton
- The Greeks: A Global History Hardcover – November 2, 2021 by Roderick Beaton
 

k_tsoukalas

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This is a great list! Here is a top 10 type of list from Amazon - maybe there are good books here to add... I haven't read any of them:

 

This is what the traditional costumes of Greek soldiers look like

Traditional Greek soldiers are called "evzones" and were the soldiers who fought against the Ottoman occupation of Greece. Nowadays, Greek soldiers dress in modern military clothing with camouflage. Greek soldiers will dress in the evzone costume for special occasions and for guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier in Athens. This is what the traditional costume looks like

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Learn about the history of Cyprus 🇨🇾

As with all Greek territories, Cyprus has undergone many changes of power throughout history, starting from the ancient times. The first change of power came with the Phoenicians followed by the Persian empire. After approximately 200 years of Persian occupation, Alexander the Great took control of Cyprus. Cyprus was then a part of the Byzantine empire, as was all of Greece, until it was occupied by the British Empire, and then the Ottoman Empire (as with all of Greece as well). After Greece and Cyprus became independent from Ottoman rule, Cyprus was then again conquered by the British until it became independent in 1960. As you can see, the history is a long list of changes in power, leaving Cyprus with thousands of years of occupation and control. This is an unfortunate truth, but something that is important that we should be aware of.

Why Alexander the Great was so powerful

We know that great men do not just come from nowhere. Alexander the Great was molded into the ruler that conquered all of Persia by his father and many great philosophers, namely Aristotle. His father, King Phillip had already established a very successful empire that was already expanding. Once Alexander became old enough, the empire was handed to him and he was able to quickly build it into one of the greatest empires of all time.

The uninhabited island of Delos hosts its first concert in thousands of years!

The island of Delos has been uninhabited since the ancient times. In Greek mythology, it is considered to be the birthplace of Apollo. The island is full of ancient Greek history, and it now stands as an archeological site that people can visit near the island of Mykonos. In just about a week, there will be a concert which will bring musicians from around the world to hold a special concert on the island. I have my fingers crossed that we'll see more and more of these performances over time, and the tourists will be able to visit the site and see some more parts of modern Greek culture like this concert.

What life was like during the Greek military junta

The junta was a strong military dictatorship in the late 60's and early 70's in Greece. This was a very dark period for many Greeks, especially those who were socialist, communist, or anything leaning towards the left. The government also targeted anyone who was against the brutal dictatorship, even if they were not politically left leaning. These people would be hunted down by the military and locked up in jail or beaten or even killed. After the junta was dissolved, a democracy was established in Greece.
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