Greece's History

On the island of Crete the Minoans developed the most advanced European civilisation for the time by 2600BC. Their society gave way to the mainland Mycenaean’s age which lasted until 1100BC during which time the stories of Greek Mythology were developed. The next 300 years was known as the Greek Dark Ages which ended with a flourishing of Greek culture, technology, art, architecture, science, democracy, medicine, drama and religion that spread from Spain to the Black Sea enlightening and inspiring the cultures it encountered. Greek culture peaked with Alexander the Great who originated from Macedon who in 15 years expanded his empire from Greece to the Indus Valley, Central Asia and Egypt. Rome absorbed Greece beginning in 146BC and in 330AD the Roman capital was moved to Constantinople (Istanbul) commencing the Byzantine Empire which lasted until the Ottoman Turks subdued it in 1453. In 1821 Greece won independence and gradually clawed back most Greek territory by 1913. Following WWI Greeks in Turkey fled and Turks in Greece crossed the other way. Greece was overrun by Germany and Italy in WWII.

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In 1967 a Military Junta took control in Athens and Greece became a Republic following the restoration of democracy in 1974. In 1981 Greece joined the European Union and in 2002 adopted the Euro. The EU threw money at Greece and the country piled on debt which is now un-repayable. The country's economy lies in ruins but the rich culture, friendly people, unique way of life, natural beauty and abundance of historical sites, practically everywhere, continue to draw holiday makers in their millions. Those without much interest in history come for the sun drenched partying islands, fantastic food and wine and chances for holiday romance. Greece's economic dramas have made it an even cheaper place to soak up the sun.

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