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efhernandez_

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Ioannis Metaxas was the Prime Minister of Greece from 1936 to 1941. History looks at him as a general and dictator, but that may not necessarily give the whole picture. Sure, for the first four months of his stint as prime minister he did govern Greece with the constitution in mind. Yes, he eventually abandoned the constitution and formed the 4th of August Regime, but just looking at these events only gives part of the story. Here’s more detail into the life and career Ioannis Metaxas, one of the most recognizable names in modern Greek history. To say the least, the guy was HUGE in Greece!
 

k_tsoukalas

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He was the reason for Ohi Day, which was an important day not only for Greece, but the world. So, seeing him a certain way (as a dictator) it is helpful to remember him for his role in this... among other things. He was a very polarizing figure.

 

JayJayT

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He was the reason for Ohi Day, which was an important day not only for Greece, but the world. So, seeing him a certain way (as a dictator) it is helpful to remember him for his role in this... among other things. He was a very polarizing figure.

Metaxas is one of my favorite Greek historical figures to study. One thing that really fascinates me is how polarizing he was. Some people loved him, some labeled him a dictator. One thing we can't deny is his influence and legacy, though, such as the role he played with "Ohi Day".
 
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dubai_suzie

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Metaxas is one of my favorite Greek historical figures to study. One thing that really fascinates me is how polarizing he was. Some people loved him, some labeled him a dictator. One thing we can't deny is his influence and legacy, though, such as the role he played with "Ohi Day".
Oxi day was one of the biggest turning points in Greek history. You're right, he is quite polarizing. Maybe its easier not to label him as dictator or hero, he was just influential.
 

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.

Seeing Ancient Greek Artifacts in the United States...

I just recently visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and bumped into a Greek exhibit. It was very cool... Whenever I am in a museum in the United States (or outside of Greece for that matter) I don't really think about seeking out the Greek artifacts.

The exhibit at the MFA was really cool, and it got me thinking about visiting other museums in other parts of the country. Are there any standout exhibits elsewhere in the United States related to Ancient Greece that I can check out? I would imagine cities like Chicago, New York, etc might have something?

My Top Favorite Greek Philosophers

There are too many philosophers to count, but these are the ones I am studying at the moment. It's fascinating to me how influential the Greek philosophers are. Here's some things I am learning:

#1 Socrates

If philosophy had a poster boy, Socrates might very well be it. The father of Western philosophy, Socrates was a gadfly to Athenian society, questioning everything and Master to Plato. Known for the Socratic Method and his unflinching commitment to truth, Socrates' influence is immeasurable despite never having written a word.

#2 Plato

Rightly succeeding his mentor on this list, Plato's Academy saw him birth the first "university" of its kind. His unabashed idealism, immortal Forms, allegories like the Cave, and the pursuit of 'The Good' in moral philosophy set the stage for much intellectual discourse.

#3 Aristotle

Aristotle, another of Plato's students, had a more grounded approach to philosophy than his predecessor. With establishing principles of logic and reason, and contributions to virtually every field of academia, from poetry to physics, Aristotle's body of work remains foundational.

#4 Heraclitus

Heraclitus, famed for the idea that "change is the only constant," viewed the cosmos through a lens of process, flux, and an everlasting Logos that governs the world. Although little of his work survives, his influence on ancient and modern thinkers is profound.

#5 Epicurus

Known for his eponymous philosophy, Epicurus taught that the greatest good is to seek modest pleasures in order to attain a state of tranquility, freedom from fear (ataraxia), and absence of bodily pain (aponia). Often misunderstood, Epicureanism is starkly different from the modern use of 'epicurean' - it's much less about a luxury lifestyle and more about ethical considerations regarding personal fulfillment.

For Ancient Greeks, Our Modern Democracy is an Oligarchy.

Interesting Greek History Topics I Like

The Persian Wars: The wars fought between Greece and the Persian empire in the 5th century BC were some of the most consequential conflicts of ancient times. Learn about the key events, such as the Battle of Marathon and the Battle of Thermopylae, and the strategies that allowed the Greeks to repel the Persian invaders.

The Rise of Athens: Arguably the most influential city-state in ancient Greece, Athens was the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, and the arts. Follow the rise of Athens from a humble village to a powerhouse of trade and culture.

The Peloponnesian War: The decades-long conflict between Athens and Sparta was a turning point in Greek history, leading to the decline of Athens and the rise of Macedon under Philip II and his son Alexander.

The Life of Alexander the Great: The young conqueror who led his armies across the known world, Alexander the Great is one of the most famous and admired figures of ancient history. Learn about his upbringing, his conquests, and his legacy.

The Olympic Games: A tradition that continues to this day, the ancient Olympics were a celebration of sports, culture, and political power. Explore the origins of the games and the events that took place.
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