by Jill Dubois


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608708697
Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2014
Series: Cavendish Cultures of the World Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

Table of Contents

Greece Today 5

1 Geography

Land of mountains

Rivers and lakes

Flora and fauna

Cities Climate 11

2 History

Early civilizations

The city-states

The Golden Age of Athens


Roman and Byzantine empires

Frankish and Venetian occupation

Turkish rule


Birth of modern Greece

Dictatorship and war

Democracy 19

3 Government

Administrative structure

Parliament and the monarchy

Dictatorship and democracy

Armed forces

Political parties 33

4 Economy

Roots of crisis

EU membership: blessing or curse?

Reaction to bailout and austerity measures

Unemployment in Greece




A leader in shipping


Mining 39

5 Environment

Endangered species

Air pollution

Waste disposal and recycling

Conservation efforts 49

6 Greeks

Greek personality

Population trends

Minority groups

Social divisions

Folk dress 57

7 Lifestyle

The family

Special relationships

Greek women

Philotimo Education

School elections


Love is in the air

Tying the knot


Death rituals 63

8 Religion

Christian beginnings

Church authorities

Religious practices

Wearing the robes

Monastic life 75

9 Language


The alphabet

The media

Dialects 87

10 Arts

Early Greek literature

The Golden Age

Hellenistic and Byzantine literature

Art and architecture in ancient Greece

Geometric art and architecture

Archaic art and architecture

Classical art and architecture

Hellenistic and Byzantine art

Modern literature

Modern music

Modern art 93

11 Leisure

Folk music

Folk dancing


Movies and television

Theater 107

12 Festivals

Festivals of patron saints


Saint Basil's Day

Epiphany Name days

Independence Day and Ochi Day

Easter season 115

13 Food

Traditional food and drink

The open-air market of Athens

Popular Greek dishes


Table manners and social graces

Yiassas 123

Map of Greece 132

About the Economy 135

About the Culture 137

Timeline 138

Glossary 140

For Further Information 141

Bibliography 142

Index 143

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