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Interesting Facts about Ancient Greece (Part II)

Continuing from the first part of the story, here is a list of a few more interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the great civilization of Greece.

Ancient Greeks Used to Add Water to Their Wine

Wine was very famous in ancient Greece and they even had a God of wine named Dionysus. They add water to wine before drinking.

In ancient Greece, wine was one of the most well-known beverages among the people. It was considered being too proud for the people to get drunk; a habit they believed only barbarians have. They also believed that only god Dionysus could drink wine without water and not get drunk. So, before drinking wine they added water to it, though the reason now sounds absurd but the reason was that if they don’t add water, there was a danger of them becoming drunk and then losing their mind and may become violent.

Ancient Greeks Counted Time in Two Ways

One of the most interesting facts about the ancient Greeks is that they used to count time in two ways.

Ancient Greeks had two diverse conceptions of time and used two different words: chronos and kairos for two ways of counting time. Chronos is the way we modern people measure time today, the chronological time. Kairos is the way of counting then according to what has to be done at that particular time, precisely the right time to do something. In comparison to chronos, which is quantitative, kairos has a qualitative nature. Ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoreans believed kairos to be one of the most fundamental laws of the universe. In another philosopher Aristotle’s view, kairos plays a very significant role. According to him, kairos is the time and space context in which the proof will be conveyed.

Olympics Originated in Ancient Greece 

It’s common knowledge the modern-day Olympic Games actually originated in ancient Greece, precisely in Olympia, Greece, from 776 BC through 393 AD.

 The history of the Games goes back around 3,000 years, to the Peloponnese in Ancient Greece. Various sports contests were organised at Olympia which took place every four years and got the name Olympic Games. We do not know exactly when they began, but the date of 776 BC is often cited in written sources. Events at the Greek Olympics included wrestling, boxing, long jump, javelin, discus, and chariot racing.

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