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Study Abroad in Greece: Home

Ancient History

This video comes from National Geographic and was published on Youtube in 2018. National Geographic is an educational source that covers many different topics in order to provide academic information to the public. This video provides a brief insight into the culture of Greece and how it came to be. The video talks about the impact that Ancient Greece has had on the world today, early accomplishments, and culture. From the start of democracy to the invention of the Olympic Games, this video introduces many different topics. The video serves as a good introduction to Greece as a whole. 

Khan Academy provides a free Classical Greece curriculum that covers a variety of topics. This information is recent, relevant, and updated frequently. Khan Academy is a reputable academic organization. This link includes many different lessons, some of them videos, some text, and some pictures. The lesson includes information on topics like classical Greece, the Greek Polis, the Persian wars, Greek society and culture, and the Peloponessian war. The lesson talks about different artifacts, different landmarks, and the history behind them all. Before visiting a country it is important to understand where the culture started and this lesson does a great job at laying out the facts in an entertaining and informative way. The comments on this site also act as a discussion board of a type. Users can ask questions and the creators respond with relevant information on the topic. 

This Youtube video, Ancient Greece in 18 Minutes, was published in 2017 by a user named Arzamas. This user has over a million subscribers on Youtube and has many reputable videos covering history on his channel. The user does not seem at all to be negatively biased and is not sponsored during this video. This video starts at the very beginning of Greek history and moves in chronological order to show the civilizations progression. It dispels many common myths about Ancient Greece and the most well known city states. The video talks about famous rulers, wars, art, and city states. This video does a phenomenal job at providing non-biased easy to digest information. 

How to Immerse in the Culture

FOOD TOUR IN ATHENS: one of the biggest aspects of culture and the key to the heart.... food. Every country has different foods unique to the environment and culture. One of the ways to get acquainted with Greek culture is by exploring the local food options. This video is done by a YouTuber named Mark Wiens who is seen visiting Greece with his family. The video was posted in 2017, so is still an up to date, current source. Mark joined Youtube in 2009 and has been traveling the world posting about food ever since. He has racked up 8.79 million followers since joining the Youtube community. Throughout the video Mark has his friend take him on a food tour in Athens to all the best local spots. Mark is a food blogger who seems to really enjoy the local, whole in the wall joints. This video shows you what the locals eat in Greece. From coffee to local cheese and cheese pies, to fresh meat and seafood markets, to local meat pies and soavlaki, this video really gives you a well rounded look at the culture surrounding Greek foods. Throughout the video you can see just how fresh the ingredients used are and how almost all of the food is made fresh to order. It also shows locals in the video and the whole atmosphere gives the watcher an idea of what being in Athens is like. 

If you are looking for a more current and modern take on art and culture this museum is a must see. This article is published on a website called  "This Is Athens" in 2021, and is written by a local named Amanda Dardanis. This is Athens is a group made up of stakeholders in the Athens tourism and travel industry, whose mission is to enhance and promote Athens as a great place to visit. This must be kept in mind when looking at this source, as there may be some bias towards the museum as a great place to visit. Amanda visited the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens which is fairly new. Amanda claims to be a person that appreciates and has an appetite for contemporary art, but does not have an art degree or specialist eye for it. In her article Amanda walks us through what the experience in the museum was like, what different exhibits were present, and some of the background behind those exhibits. She claims that she thought this museum was more immersive than a conventional gallery and that it stuck with her long after she left. There are many different opportunities when visiting Greece to see ancient art and culture, but this new museum provides viewers with a more modern take on art and culture in Greece. 

Any place that you visit has a culture of its own with it's own celebrations and traditions. Greece is no different and there is no shortage of festivals. This article was posted on the website Greek City Times, a news source that educates on many different aspects of Greek culture, including general knowledge and current news. This article was published in 2021 by one of the Greek City Times team members. One of the biggest festivals in Greece is Dekapentavgoustos (August 15th), which celebrates the assumption of the Virgin Mary. On this day each towns icon is usually adorned with flowers and ribbons and is carried around the island or village so that the faithful may touch it. This article details the festivals, why they occur and what typically takes place during them. Whether you are watching the adorned horsemen ride in Siatista, or attending a feast in Zagoria, or maybe even partying into the early morning hours in Paros, August 15th in Greece is full of culture, tradition, and joy. 

This link leads to a blog written by a Greek local. The website has many different articles, but also functions as a company where the writer plans itineraries for those looking to visit Greece. The author tries to make it clear that the website is not money driven, and instead is written because of her love for her culture and passion, however this fact needs to be kept in mind when looking at the positive nature of the articles and any bias that might be present. This particular blog post was posted in 2019 and talks about 10 different Greek traditions that have lasted for many years and play a huge role in the culture there. The articles talks about traditions like: Epiphany, Ragkoutsaria, Apokries, The Evil Eye, and a few others. Understanding a cultures traditions lends insight to not only the religious background of a place but also to the way that culture celebrates many different important dates and events. 

Blue Zones

This website, "Blue Zones", goes over the history of blue zones and what exactly these are. Organization's mission is to inspire everyone, everywhere to live longer and healthier lives by incorporating blue zone ideals into everyday life throughout the world. The website uses the creators work and is updated regularly to stay reputable and modern. Blue zones were created by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic fellow who dubbed the name and identified five different places in the world where people live the longest and are the healthiest. These five places are Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Loma Linda, California; and Ikaria, Greece. The website also goes on to explain the 9 characteristics that all of these places share. They call these characteristics the Power 9. These characteristics are: move naturally, purpose, down shift, 80% rule, plant slant, wine @ 5, belong, loved ones first, and right tribe. All of these characteristics are explained in more detail on the website. A lot of these characteristics have to do with the culture of the blue zones, including the one in Ikaria, Greece. 

This video, made by the company Vice in 2021, looks at what life in Ikaria is like and what makes it different than other places. Vice is a news company that works to educate the public on many different important news topics. The video really takes a dive into the culture of this region, featuring the lifestyle of the people there, the food, the wine, and the attitude they hold. It aims to answer the question, what makes Ikaria a blue zone? What is different about this region that makes it so the inhabitants live longer? It answers this question by talking to the locals and looking at how they live. It emphasizes a few cultural differences between Ikaria and other regions of the world. Some of these differences include being more active in their daily lives, eating fresh homegrown food, drinking red wine with meals, and aiming to live a stress-free easy going lifestyle. No one knows for sure why people in Blue Zones live longer, but these cultural differences most likely play a big role. 

This post was found on a website called Ikaria, a Travel and Holiday Guide. This website features a lot of different positive features of the island, Ikaria, and since they are trying to get people to travel there does not mention any negatives. One post in particular however talks about what makes Ikaria a Blue Zone. The website does not provide the date that the article was posted, but the website has been update as recently as 2022. It describes the Ikarian way of life. How the Ikarian people are not tied down by what they refer to as "anchos" or stress. The people there move at their own time and pace and stray from the structured, orderly world we know here in the US. The article also talks about how the Ikarian people are very self-sufficient, with many growing their own fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs. The website describes the Ikarian people as being "open, relaxed, down to earth, and passionate people". This article really showed the culture that is alive and well today in Ikaria, and maybe we can all learn something from this Blue Zone on how to live a happier and healthier life. 

Food

It is hard to mention a places culture without bringing attention to the food consumed there. Everyone needs food to survive, but the type of food we eat differs greatly around the world. This Blog post comes from a couple who take the time to explore Greek culture and the Mediterranean lifestyle while traveling through Greece and living in the US. The couple has been blogging on this topic since 2012. While this couple may not be professional writers, they are writing about their experiences and what they have found to be true. The goal of this blog was to share their passion for Greek cuisine and their love of cooking, however, the couple also uses this blog as their career and do make a profit off of it. The post talks about the "Mediterranean Triad" which consists of wheat, olive oil, and wine, three pillars in Greek dishes. The couple also talks about how fresh the cuisine in Greece is, as many grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables, and spices to use in their dishes. Exploring the customary food choices commonly seen in Greece, it is easy to see why many say their diet in one of the healthiest in the world.