Facts about ancient Greece
1- Ancient Greece was the combination of more than 1,500 different city-states.
2- Athens was the largest ancient Greek city-state.
3- Ancient Greece women lived about 35 years.
4- Ancient Greek cities constantly used to fight with each other.
5- The Ancient Greeks use to wear loincloths in regular days.
6- It was the Greeks who invented theoretical mathematics.
7- Only men were allowed to attend the theatre.
8- The Greeks practiced physical trainings without clothes.
9- Greek statues have identical smiles, slanted eyes and puffy cheeks – a consequence of the special technology of stone processing.
10- In traditional Olympics, Greek women were forbidden to attend.
11- The ancient Greeks were afraid of the deep sea and did not learn how to swim.
12- After some years the statues of the ancient Greeks were made from bronze.
13- Due to the influence of the Romans, the sculptures began to be made out of marble.
14- In ancient Greece, the unibrow was a sign of intelligence and great beauty in women.
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- The Greek ruler Alexander the Great was first to put his own face on Greek coins.
19- Ancient Greece is the birth place of theatre.
20- At the time of Ancient Greece there were two theatrical genres: satire and drama.
21- Only men were allowed to perform in theatres.
22- Democracy was first practiced in Ancient Greece.
23- The democracy of Ancient Greece only last for about 185 years.
24- If anyone wants to participate in elections then they had to pay.
25- Greek cemeteries were decorated with statues of young men.
26- In Ancient Greek throwing apple at someone was way to show love.
27- Plato was not only a famous philosopher, but also a good athlete.
28- ‘School’ word came from Greek language; in Greek it means leisure, or free time.
29- In ancient Greece, men with potbellies were thought to be exceptional leaders.
30- There was a system where people could expel the politician for 10 years.
31- The Athens was named after the Greek goddess.
32- The first guide for tourism in Greece was created more than 2200 years ago.
33- The Greek guidebook consisted of 10 books.
34- The word “Dinosaur” came from the ancient Greek which means “terrible lizard.”
35- The ancient Greek left us the legacy of the art, philosophy, science, literature, politics and maths.
36- Ancient Greeks wouldn’t eat beans as they thought that they contained the souls of the dead.
37- The first Olympic champion was a Greek cook named Coroebus who won the sprint race.
38- No wars were permitted in the month before the ancient Olympics so that spectators could travel to Olympia unharmed.
39- The Greeks would sacrifice hundred bulls to Zeus god during each Olympics.
40- Ancient Greeks and Romans often bought slaves with salt.
41- Greek is one of the oldest languages in Europe.
42- The women who were educated were not valued; most of them were rarely married.
43- Between 40- 80% of ancient Greece people were slaves.
44- Thales of Miletus is considered to be the first Greek philosopher.
45- Soldiers of ancient Greece used to wear 70 pounds of bronze amour.
46- The rich Greek women were not allowed to study or work.
47- The wine of the Greeks was seven times diluted with sea water.
48- Infant mortality was very high, half of the children died in the first year of life.
49- According to legends, the philosopher Diogenes lived in a barrel.
50- The Greeks believed that with the help of rhythmic dances, one could hypnotize and catch owls.
51- The first vending machine was invented in ancient Greece
52- Ancient Greek used to enjoy roasted pig stuffed with eggs, oysters and other things.
53- At its economic height, in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, Ancient Greece had the most advanced economy in the world.
54- The first 13 Olympic Games consisted of just one sport – running.
55- The ancestors of the Greeks were Indo-Europeans who entered Greece around 1900 B.C.
56- In ancient Greek, the word “idiot” meant anyone who wasn’t a politician.
57- Wealthy people would sacrifice animals at the temples. Poor people who couldn’t afford live animals offered pastry ones instead.
58- In Ancient Greece, the normal number of jury people was 500.
59- The theory that planets orbit the sun was first proposed by the ancient Greek Aristarchus of Samos in the 3rd century BC.
60- In Greece around sixth century, there were human sacrifices.
Facts about ancient Greece