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Greek Olives and Olive Oil

Along with grapevines, the olive tree is the oldest known cultivated tree in the world, believed to originate in the Eastern Mediterranean area. It seems to have been around for at least 5000 years. The …
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Facts about Greece: Whisky, Evil Eyes & Yannis

In Greece, just about everyone believes in the power of the “evil eye”. The “evil eye” is probably more about envy. A Greek will rarely “give the eye” to someone intentionally. It is usually cast …
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Useful Greek Words

It is believed that Greek is the oldest European language, orally for 4000 years and written for 3000 years. Modern Greek is a dialect of southern Greece, now used by most Greek speakers both here …
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History of Samos

A synopsis (though rather a long one!) of information gathered from various sources in Samos. Samos has a dramatic history, covering various foreign occupation, rebellions, fight for independence and even a period of a 100 …
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