Recently when I wrote up about Ancient Egypt Facts, I also wanted to write about Ancient Greece Facts. But then, I was also working on Hackintosh Laptops 2015. So Now as I’m free, I am writing this post – 10 Unknown Facts About Ancient Greece. Now without any more time waste.
10 Unknown facts About Ancient Greece
It is believe that the Ancient Greece Civilization came into existence in nearly 1600 BC (Nearly 4000 years ago). It was first formed by Mycenaeans, who were the residents of Crete (Greek city). In around 800 BC, the concept of one-nation began to deteriorate and Greeks went divided into several city states.
Ancient Greeks were very superstitious about their food – like most of their contemporary civilizations. They didn’t eat beans. For the reason that contain the soul of dead people (according to them).
Ancient Greeks had many stories about their Gods, Goddesses and fictional Monsters. These tales formed into a complete set, known by us as Greek Mythology. From Gods, we have The Zeus. The King and most powerful of all the Gods. He was the God of Sky and Thunder. Then here is Poseidon, Brother of Zeus. He was the God of Sky and Earthquakes. In monster, there is Harpies, for example, who has a torso, head and arms of women, but talons, tail and wings (mixed with the arms) of bird (pretty absurd combo!).
Olympics were first started in Ancient Greece, in 776 BC at City-state of Olympia (that’s why it is named Olympics). At first Olympics prospered, but after that, went into decline when Romans conquered Greece. In this way, Olympics ended, only to be revived more than 3000 years later. Events at the Greek’s Olympics included wrestling, boxing, long jump, javelin and racing. But one had to be the toughest to part in the wrestling event , the reason is that because there were hardly any rules those days– and they had to get naked before competing.
Speaking about Olympics, I should tell you that it was organized in order to honor their God Zeus. As these City-states consistently fought with each other, a truce was called so that everyone can enjoy the Olympics without any fear.
Ancient theaters were first built by Ancient Greeks. Almost every city had a theater. Some were so big that they could accommodate 15000 people. Only boys and men were allowed to perform. And they usually put mask on their faces. That mask would tell the audience whether their role is happy or sad.
Different Gods/Goddess for Different Cities:
Ancient Greeks usually put the statues of their Gods inside their temples. The most famous temple was Parthenon. It was situated on Athenian Acropolis and dedicated to Goddesses Athena – The goddesses for the protection of Athens city.
Trojan War is the greatest piece of writing in Greek mythology. It is also described in the Iliad – the epic poem by the Ancient Greek poet Homer in 7th Century BC. Though the story is pretty long, it can be simply described as how Greeks conquered city of Troy (it’s a debate whether it’s historical or just a fictional city). In 1180 BC, the finally Greeks conquered the city of Troy , after ten years of struggle – by hiding its troops inside a giant wooden horse! The horse was left outside the city’s walls and the people of Troy took it inside, thinking that it a surprise gift (it was, but a bad one), then Greek soldiers crept out from inside and seize the city!
Athenians didn’t Introduce Democracy:
Democracy wasn’t introduced by the Athenians. Yeah, you’ve read right. Many of us consider the city-state of Athens, the first cradle for Democracy – since it is what that is taught to all of us in school, around 480 BC. But there is solid evidence that Democracy started at least 100 years before in Athens. Like city-state of Ambracia started it in 580 BC. Athens just got more attention because many of Ancient
Historians were Athenians.
Tax Collection: A Shameful Act?
According to most Ancient Greeks, collecting Tax was a shameful act by the Government. They thought that Direct Tax is a Tyrannical act. Even from non-citizen, tax was pretty much symbolic. It was so minor that it couldn’t be given to Armies.
So these were some not-so-popular Facts about Ancient Greece Civilization. If you have some other facts in your mind, feel free to contact with us. That would be much appreciated.