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nadellii

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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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ellinasgolfer0320

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Yup, Hellas (Ellas / Ελλάς) is the actual name of Greece, Hellenes (Ellines / Έλληνες) are the people, and Hellenic (Ellinika / Ελληνικά) is the language. I'm not sure where Hellada (Ellada / Ελλάδα) comes from even though it's more commonly used than Hellas when speaking Greek.
 
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nadellii

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Yup, Hellas (Ellas / Ελλάς) is the actual name of Greece, Hellenes (Ellines / Έλληνες) are the people, and Hellenic (Ellinika / Ελληνικά) is the language. I'm not sure where Hellada (Ellada / Ελλάδα) comes from even though it's more commonly used than Hellas when speaking Greek.
Yes, the only time I hear “Hellas” spoken is at sporting events when people say “Hellas Ole” 🎉
 
The English name Greece and the similar adaptations in other languages derive from the Latin name Graecia (Greek: Γραικία), literally meaning 'the land of the Greeks', which was used by Ancient Romans to denote the area of modern-day Greece.You can search on google also

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k_tsoukalas

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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.
Yes! The "Greek word" for Greece is totally different. Hellada is where the word, Hellenic, comes from. This is a fun tidbit! Many people don't realize it.
 

amygdalE

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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.
It is true that, speaking of words, the English Greece comes from the Latin Graecia, but this word is < Gr. Graikia, the land of the Graikoi. In ancient times, specific ethnic names were used, IN GREEK, for the generic "/greeks/", namely Akheoi, Iaones, Graikoi, etc., and Aristotle mentions the equivalence of Graikoi and Hellenes. // It is hard to tell when Hellas or Hellespont were coined and when they came in general use in the Greek oikoumene [from Asia Minor to Magna Graecia].
 
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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.

Getting a Good Overview of Greek History

I am trying to learn about the Greek culture because I married a Greek-American. I figure that history is part of that! So, can you guys share with me some great resources that will give me an overview of the history? I found this on Youtube, don't know if it is any good. I know, I am not a kid. But I figured this would be a nice overview. But, this only covers Ancient Greece. We are planning a trip to Greece and my husband loves history, so I want to at least have a foundation before we go to the country.

How Egypt influenced Ancient Greece

Ancient Egypt and Greece hav had so much influence over each other, perhaps more than any other ancient civilizations. This article specifically focuses on the impact of Egypt on Ancient Greece.

Could the Parthenon marbles be returned to Greece?

There is finally some hope in the constant and ongoing battle to return the person on marbles from the United Kingdom to Greece. A new chairman has declared that there is a deal to be done in terms of the marbles. Many are very hopeful that this might be pointing to a potential return, but others have given up hope in this battle. personally, this is something that I would love to see. There are so many artifacts from around the world that are stolen and still being housed in museums in the United Kingdom. The right thing should be done, and the marbles should be returned, as should every other stolen artifact.

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