Facts about ancient Greece
1- Ancient Greece was composition of more than 1,500 different city-states.
2- Athens was the largest ancient Greek city-state.
3- Women of ancient Greece lived about 35 years.
4- Ancient Greek cities constantly fought each other.
5- The Greeks in daily use wore loincloths.
6- It was the Greeks who invented theoretical mathematics.
7- The Greeks believed that with the help of rhythmic dances, one could hypnotize and catch owls.
8- Only men were allowed to attend the theatre.
9- The Greeks practiced physical trainings without clothes.
10- Greek statues have identical smiles, slanted eyes and puffy cheeks – a consequence of the special technology of stone processing.
11- In traditional Olympics, Greek women were forbidden to attend.
12- The ancient Greeks were afraid of the deep sea and did not learn how to swim.
13- After some years the statues of the ancient Greeks were cast from bronze.
14- Due to the influence of the Romans, the sculptures began to be wrought out of marble.
15- In Ancient Greek a beautiful woman was depicted wearing a white mask, an ugly woman – yellow.
16- In the burial of the dead it was customary to put everything that could be useful in the afterlife.
17- The duties of the teacher included guarding children and teaching elementary things.
18- Alexander the Great was the first Greek ruler to put his own face on Greek coins.
19- Ancient Greece is the birth place of theatre.
20- There were two theatrical genres: satire and drama at the time of Ancient Greece.
21- Only men were allowed to perform in theatres.
22- Ancient Greece is also birthplace of democracy.
23- If anyone wants to participate in elections then they had to pay.
24- Greek cemeteries were decorated with statues of young men.
25- In Ancient Greek throwing apple at someone was way to show love.
26- Plato was not only a famous philosopher, but also a good athlete.
27- ‘School’ word came from Greek language; in Greek it means leisure, or free time.
28- In ancient Greece, men with potbellies were thought to be exceptional leaders.
29- In ancient Greece, there was a system where people coule exile the politician for 10 years.
30- The city of Athens was named after the Greek goddess.
31- The first tourist guide for Greece was created more than 2200 years ago.
32- The Greek guidebook consisted of 10 books.
33- The word “Dinosaur” comes from the ancient Greek which means “terrible lizard.”
34- The first Olympic champion was a Greek cook named Coroebus who won the sprint race.
35- No wars were permitted in the month before the ancient Olympics so that spectators could travel to Olympia unharmed.
36- The Greeks would sacrifice one hundred bulls to Zeus during each Olympics.
37- Ancient Greeks and Romans often bought slaves with salt.
38- The Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.) between Athens and the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta left ancient Greece in ruins and marked the end of the golden age of Greece.
39- The women who were educated were not valued; most of them were rarely married.
40- Between 40- 80% of ancient Greece population was slaves.
41- The first Greek philosopher is considered to be Thales of Miletus (c. 624-546 B.C.)
42- Soldiers of ancient Greece used to wear 70 pounds of bronze amour.
43- The rich Greek women were not allowed to study or work.
44- The wine of the Greeks was seven times diluted with sea water.
45- Infant mortality was very high, half of the children died in the first year of life.
46- Greek is one of the oldest languages in Europe.
47- The first vending machine was invented in ancient Greece
48- Ancient Greek used to enjoy roasted pig with eggs, oysters and other things.
49- At its economic height, in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, Ancient Greece was the most advanced economy in the world.
50- The first 13 Olympic games consisted of just one sport – running.
51- The ancestors of the Greeks were Indo-Europeans who entered Greece around 1900 B.C.
52- In ancient Greek, the word “idiot” meant anyone who wasn’t a politician.
53- In Ancient Greece, the normal number of jury people was 500.
54- The theory that planets orbit the sun was first proposed by the ancient Greek Aristarchus of Samos in the 3rd century BC.
55- At its height, Greek colonization reached as far as Russia and France to the west and Turkey to the east.
56- Wealthy people would sacrifice animals at the temples. Poor people who couldn’t afford live animals offered pastry ones instead.
57- In ancient Greece, the unibrow was a sign of intelligence and great beauty in women.
58- Around sixth century in Greece, there were human sacrifices.
59- According to ancient legends, the philosopher Diogenes lived in a barrel.
60- Ancient Greeks wouldn’t eat beans as they thought that they contained the souls of the dead