Alexander the Great

Many documentaries, historic books, articles, history scientists and others have concerned their selves to learn about Alexander the Great. Doubtless is one of the greatest marshals of the global history and surely a very controversial personality. He was born in 356BC in Pella of Macedonia in Northern Greece and he was the son of the King Philipp II and Olympias. Alexander became king at the age of 20. Many writers present him as a warlike and bloodthirsty commander, others as the man who civilized the barbarians or as the first ecumenist in the human history. At the age of 30,

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Ancient Greece – The Hellenestic Times

 The Hellenistic civilization existed during the period from from 232 BC to 146BC. It represents the zenith of Greek influence and it was preceded by the classical Hellenic period and was followed by the Roman rule. The Hellenistic civilization was spread as a result of the conquest of Alexander the Great. Hellenistic kingdoms were established throughout Asia and Africa. The conquest of these lands resulted in the spreading of Greek culture and languages. Hellenistic civilization represents a fusion of ancient Greece along with that of the middle east, Asia and near east. The Hellenistic times were characterized by the New

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Hiking in Greece – Explore a rich past

Anyone who has been interested in history of mankind will not find a better place than Greece to get a first-hand experience of it. Whether the ancient beauty of Acropolis or the First World War remains all will attract serious and not so serious student into its aura. The best way for this exploration is finding the minute details scattered through the countryside and discovering them by chance. Hiking in Greece can bring anyone different pleasure than ever imagined. The islands that have mesmerised generations  by their exquisite patronage of arts, sculptures and philosophical thinking are bonuses when mixed with

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Ierapetra in Crete

Ierapetra (meaning in Greek: Holy Stone) is located in the southeastern part of Crete and has an extremely important strategic position which controls the Cretan southern coast and the Libyan Sea. The town hosts around 13.000 inhabitants ( according to the 2001 census) and is a seaside town combined with an amazing beach exactly in its business centre. Ierapetra has always been an important financial and commercial centre of the island gifted a lot by nature. Today, it has been developed as the largest town of the southern Crete and as a major destination for incoming tourism. When someone visits

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The Archidamian War

What was the Archidamian War? It was the first part of the Peloponnesian War (431-404), the enormous clash between Athens and Sparta, which is named after the Spartan king Archidamus II. However, the war started in 431 and ended in 421 of which resulting an Athenian victory and a Spartan defeat. Nevertheless, Athenian political mistakes, Spartan inflexibility, and a shattering Athenian endeavour to triumph over the island of Sicily were amply adequate to alter the balance of power, so that Sparta might get a second opportunity: the Decelean or Ionian War. In the Greek balance of power, the Archidamian War

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The town of Arahova

Arachova, an ornament on the ridges of Parnassus, in close proximity to Delphi is known by its ski centers and its nightlife. Arachova is a traditional picturesque town located high up on the slopes of Mount Parnassos. It is famous for its spectacular scenery, the beautiful landscapes, the peculiar architecture, its healthy climate and its entertaining night life. Only a couple hours away from Athens and next to some of the best skiing in Greece, this old town has become a modern ski resort with the latest winter sports equipment available. Also ideal for a cool summer vacation away from

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The currency in the ancient Greek world

The history of the currency Money is used in all seasons in all directions and for all purposes. Its acquisition was for centuries one of the main aspirations of people. The coins are a basic unit of money. Currencies were changed, altered, adapted to the specific changes that led to or caused by different social, economic and historical conditions. The first coins were made in Asia from electrum, an alloy of gold and silver at the end of the 7th century. The precious metal gave it the value, the small format made it easy to carry, the symbol of each

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Ancient Greek Art – Ancient Greek Pottery

In general, ancient Greek vases were decorated before firing. The forms and other motifs were drawn and “colored” as the clay was still wet. By firing the “colors” penetrated the pores of the clay and were stabilized – thus their good preservation until today. The ancient potters, of course, used no dyes used to decorate pottery. Instead, they took advantage of the chemical reactions of iron oxides, containing the clay during firing. These oxides have a tendency to get red color when placed in oxidizing combustion conditions and black when they come under reducing conditions (ie without the presence of

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Trekking / Walking in Greece – The slow life witnessed

Greece is a land of mountains and plains. Accompanied by an abundant exposure of the Mediterranean some islands of Greece are ideal for holidays. The highlands are also famous for their natural reserves of fine quality trees famous for their woods. The towns in this country are also luxuriously plenty with historical artifacts that can cover a continent at other places. It is natural that an outsider would love to go for minute exploration of these contrasting features of the country by walking/trekking in Greece. The two are not very dissimilar but it is recommended by some of the professionals

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Mountains in Greece

   Every one of us can recognize a mountain. There are geological elevations over 300m from the surface of the earth. But let’s talk with numbers: 10% of the global population lives in mountainous areas, 80% of the rivers’ springs located in mountains, the 24% of the total surface of the earth is covered by mountains and over 60% of the population lean on the mountains for water resources.    The mountains can be volcanoes, glaciers and generally rocky masses. A mountain is usually created when the lithospheric plates come to collision so from the pressure a rocky mass is

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