Greece: Culture

The significant heritage of Greek culture is considered to be literature, including drama, poetry, historical and philosophical treatises as well as the books describing trips. The most famous ancient writer was Homer. He wrote such invaluable pieces of art as Odysseus and Iliad. One of the first authors describing trips was Pausanias, who created “Greece Guide”. Sappho was famous for wonderful poetry about love devoted to ladies.

Such Greek civilizations as Mycenaean and Minoan were considered the main ones. Architectural remains (for example, palaces) as well as stone crafts, pieces of stoneware, jewelry, wall-painting, metal goods (arms, vessels) are considerable heritage of the said civilizations.

Civilizations of the Archaism and Geometric periods became the main predecessors of the Classical period culture. Classical pieces of art with their beauty and ideal dimensions became a personification of the philosophical ideals of those centuries and served as an example for European Renaissance.

A special pride of the Greek is their own unique culture which is the main sense of their ethnic and national identity. Religion, traditions, language, music, vine and food products are the main components of Greek culture. Tourists must know about them to make a trip to this wonderful state.

Everyone who visits monuments, museums and archeological sites located in Greece will be able to get a clear insight of the country civilizations, their achievements in technology and art for the time passed.

Hospitability

The Greek are hospitable, friendly and sociable, but have such character features as sentimentality and hot temper.

They use a very interesting system of gestures. Thus, if a Greek man nods in response to your questions it means that he says “no”, but if he shakes his head from side to side it means that he gives a positive answer.

If a Greek man says “no”, it also means a positive answer. The word “no” in Greek is pronounced as “okhi”.

Invitation to somebody’s house does not always mean that there will be a meal. The Greek do not take off their shoes entering home. Meeting a friend the Greek do not shake hands, but exchange with greeting kisses on the cheeks.