Greece

Maddie Larson

Demographics

Greece, the English name for the Hellenic Republic, derives from an ancient Latin word for that area. "Hellenic" derives from the word ancient Greeks used to refer themselves, while "Romeic" comes from the medieval or Byzantine Greek term. Although Romeic was the most common self-designation early in the nineteenth century, it has declined in favor of Hellenic since that time. The average income in Greece is around 24,201 per year. It is the typical Mediterranean climate: mild and rainy winters, and relatively warm/dry summers. For tourism, there are many places to visit that show the ancient history of Greece.

Culture info

Pop Culture:

Music- goatskin bagpipes, usually has a lot of latin, Italian, rock, and blues, folk music is popular too

Food- Moussaka, Tiropita, Baklava, Spanakopita, Fassolatha

Historical Event

The First Olympian Games:

- originated nearly 3,000 years ago

- world's most preeminent sporting competition

- located at the time in the Western Peloponnese peninsula, in honor of the God Zeus

- the first modern olympics took place in 1896 in Athens (280 participants & 13 nations)

Famous people from Greece

Greek Philosophers:

- Socrates

- Plato

- Aristotle

Greek Playwrights:

- Aeschylus

- Sophocles

- Euripides

Greek Poets:

- Aesop

- Hesiod

- Homer

Exposé

Finding a great meal in ancient Greece would have been very easy. They ate a variety of dishes, some of which are still around today. Most Greeks were farmers and they ate the food that they grew. Since Greece had a mild climate, they were able to grow many different fruits and vegetables as long as they got enough rain. Agriculture in Greece is based on small-sized, family-owned dispersed units, while the extent of cooperative organization stays at low comparative levels, against all efforts that have been taken in the last 30 years, mainly under European Union supervision. Greece is a rather small country situated on the south - eastern part of Europe with a population of about 11 million. The climate varies from north to south but in general is mild and favours the growth of a wide range of crops, cereals, roots, vegetables, cotton, tobacco, olive trees, vineyards, fruits and alfalfa, as well as forest. Greece 101 - Greek Sport 101 - Olympic games, Soccer, Basketball, Athletics, Water Polo, Volleyball, Swimming, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Sailing and rowing, Handball.

Culinary Contribution

Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine. It has some common characteristics with the traditional cuisines of Italy, the Balkans, Turkey and the Levant. Contemporary Greek cookery makes wide use of vegetables, olive oil, grains, fish, wine and meat (white and red, including lamb, poultry, rabbit and pork). Other important ingredients include olives, cheese, eggplant (aubergine), zucchini (courgette), lemon juice, vegetables, herbs, bread and yoghurt. The most commonly used grain is wheat; barley is also used. Common dessert ingredients include nuts, honey, fruits, and filo pastry.

Greek Recipe

Garithes Yiouvetsi

- This classic Greek shrimp dish is baked with a tomato sauce and topped with feta cheese. Relatively simple to make. This recipe goes wonderfully with rice pilaf and some crusty bread

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