Fun Greek Facts

Did You Know?

The Roanoke Greek Festival prepares and cooks ALL OF ITS FOOD from SCRATCH?

The Ancient Athenians were the first humans to develop democracy?

The Greek Alphabet is the forerunner of the alphabet we use in English today?

Ancient Greek children slept in whicker baskets until they were seven years old?

Ancient Greeks ate dinner while lying on their sides?

Greek was the language of education in the Roman Empire?

Greek food today, with slight variation (such as the addition of the tomato after 1500 AD), is about the same as it has been for over 2000 years?

Greeks consume more olive oil per capita than any other group of people?

Greek dance is actually very easy – all you have to do is follow along?

The length of Greece's coastline is estimated at 9,300 miles; America's coastline is estimated at 11,800 miles. The land area of Greece is slightly smaller than Alabama?

The yo-yo is the second oldest known toy in the world (only the doll is older), and was born over 3,000 years ago in the days of ancient Greece?

Greek is one of the few European languages where the word NO does not have any sort of “N” sound?

If a word has a “ph” in it, it is probably Greek?