Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country in South-eastern Europe. It has a population of 11million.
The Capital city of Greece is Athens.
Greece borders Albania, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the east. The Aegean Sea is to the east and south of mainland Greece, the Ionian Sea is to the west. Both are part of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and have many islands.
Greece became a member of the European Union in 1981.
The language spoken in Greece is Greek, spoken by 99% of the population (the official language). Many Greeks also understand English, French and German, which are taught in schools.
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Ancient Greece had a long list of gods and goddesses:
Goddess of love and beauty, married to Hephaestus. Ares is her lover. Eros is her son.
Apollo / Sol
God of the Sun, music, archery, poetry, plague, healing, and prophecy. He is Artemis's twin brother, and Son to Zeus.He also drives the chariot that rises the sun.
God of war, murder and bloodshed. Brother to Hephaestus, and is the son of Zeus.
Goddess of the hunt,wilderness,wild animals,night, and the moon. Apollo is her twin brother. Artemis is a virgin goddess and is also protector of maidens.
Goddess of wisdom, the arts, warfare and reason. She is the favourite daughter of Zeus.
Goddess of fertility, grain and harvest. Demeter is a sister of Zeus. Her daughter is Persephone, Hades' wife.
God of wine, parties/festivals, madness and merriment, he is a son of Zeus.
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List of gods and goddesses (2) Greek name
God of love, lust. Son of Aphrodite and Ares. Loved by Psyche. Uses arrows and a bow to cause whoever is hit by the arrow to fall in love with the first person they see.
God of the underworld. Brother of Poseidon and Zeus.
God of fire and the forge. Ugly son of Hera and Zeus is his father in some accounts. Married to Aphrodite, but she does not love him because he is deformed and as a result is cheating on him with Ares.
Goddess of marriage, women and childbirth. Zeus' wife, and sister.
God of flight, thieves, commerce, and travellers. Messenger of the gods. Zeus's son by Titaness.
God of the sea. His sons are the Heavenly Twins, and Triton. His weapon is a trident by which he can stir up the seas, wreck ships and drown sailors.
The father of all fathers, the wisdom and light. The king of the gods after killing his father, Kronos, the ruler of Mount Olympus and the god of the sky, thunder and lightning. Though he is married more then once, his real queen is Hera. Zeus is the father of Hermes, Hephaestus, Dionysus, Athena, Ares, Persephone, Apollo, and Artemis. Some also say that Aphrodite is a daughter of Zeus.
The Parthenon in Athens
Greece's history is one of the richest in the world. It was home of many great philosophers like Plato and Aristotle and of kings like Alexander the Great and Leonidas. Greece is said to be the birthplace of Democracy.
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