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acamp7

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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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Deborah

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I first went to Greece in July, 1974, mere days after the junta was overthrown. Only three of us exited the international flight in Athens; everyone else had departed in Rome. I will never forget the jubilance that permeated the air. People flocked to the outdoor cafes and exclaimed that they were finally able to speak freely. I will also never forget the Greek tradition of φιλότιμο (hard to define: incredible hospitality, the honor of treating someone as you would wish to be treated) that was extended to me then and also, to this very day. How easy it is to forget the lessons of history, but thank God for traditions like «φιλότιμο» that manage to survive no matter who’s in power or what’s going on in the world!
 

nadellii

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I first went to Greece in July, 1974, mere days after the junta was overthrown. Only three of us exited the international flight in Athens; everyone else had departed in Rome. I will never forget the jubilance that permeated the air. People flocked to the outdoor cafes and exclaimed that they were finally able to speak freely. I will also never forget the Greek tradition of φιλότιμο (hard to define: incredible hospitality, the honor of treating someone as you would wish to be treated) that was extended to me then and also, to this very day. How easy it is to forget the lessons of history, but thank God for traditions like «φιλότιμο» that manage to survive no matter who’s in power or what’s going on in the world!
Very eerie. We have much to learn from out history. I'm glad you got to experience the joy from Greek directly after
 

k_tsoukalas

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I first went to Greece in July, 1974, mere days after the junta was overthrown. Only three of us exited the international flight in Athens; everyone else had departed in Rome. I will never forget the jubilance that permeated the air. People flocked to the outdoor cafes and exclaimed that they were finally able to speak freely. I will also never forget the Greek tradition of φιλότιμο (hard to define: incredible hospitality, the honor of treating someone as you would wish to be treated) that was extended to me then and also, to this very day. How easy it is to forget the lessons of history, but thank God for traditions like «φιλότιμο» that manage to survive no matter who’s in power or what’s going on in the world!
Fascinating that you were a witness to history like this. The Junta sounds like a brutal situation.
 

History of the tradition of decorating boats for Christmas

One of the most interesting Greek Christmas traditions to me is the one where people decorate boats. So, I started to research the history. Here's a bit of what I discovered:

The roots of the tradition of decorating boats in Greece for Christmas can be traced back to the country's longstanding ties with the sea. In Ancient Greece, people would often looked to the sea for both sustenance and inspiration, and it was not uncommon for ships to be adorned with religious symbols and decorations.

It also has ties to early Christianity in Greece. According to Greek Orthodox beliefs, Saint Nicolas (aka Santa Claus) was a sailor, and he is the patron saint of sailors. Decorating boats is often seen as a way to honor him.

Over time, this practice became associated with the Christmas season, and the boats began to be decorated specifically for the holiday.

People also make paper boats to decorate. Some call these the "yule boat" or karavaki. One of the most famous examples of this practice is the Yule boat, or karavaki.

The earliest known evidence of decorating boats for Christmas in Greece dates back to the 19th century. During this time, sailors would deck out their boats with lights and tiny boats. These tiny boats were often placed inside the larger boat, symbolizing protection from harm while at sea.

Does anyone have anything to add?

Information About Alexander the Great

I have always been fascinated by Alexander the Great. I have this sense that depending on how you look at what he did, you could see it differently.

Sure, he conquered and spread hellenism. But what about the place he conquered? How did they feel? I am guessing not very favorable towards him.

If found this documentary on YouTube created by the history channel. I thought I'd watch it. I found it interesting and wanted to share.

When is Ochi Day?

Is Ochi Day coming up? It's a federal holiday in Greece, right?

Does anyone have any resources?

I know that this was an important milestone in world history, and definitely in Greece, but I feel like we don't learn much about it outside of Greece.

Even though Greece was ultimately occupied by the Axis Powers, people around the world were inspired that Greece stood up to them and actually almost succeeded.

Powerful stuff.

Athens and the creation of democracy

I've been thinking about Athens and how it's the birth of democracy. I wondered if other societies had experimented with the concepts or if Athens was unique? Does anyone know? I know that there's been some evidence that other societies experimented with community leadership, but none had a true democracy like what Athens developed.

It was unique in developing a system where a significant portion of its inhabitants could participate directly in decision-making processes. This early form of democracy was largely initiated under the leadership of Cleisthenes in 508/507 BC. His reforms reorganized the population into ten tribes based on their residence rather than lineage, promoting a broader and more inclusive political engagement.

In this Athenian democracy, citizens had the right to attend the Assembly (Ekklesia), where they could speak and vote on legislation and executive decisions. The Council of Five Hundred (Boule), selected by lot for each of the ten tribes, proposed legislation and handled daily affairs. This lottery system for public office sought to prevent power monopolies and encourage civic participation.

I know that this work truly influenced other democratic governments through the world!

Feel free to chime in with your thoughts- I find this stuff interesting.

For Ancient Greeks, Our Modern Democracy is an Oligarchy.

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