The history of Greece is one of the longest and most comprehensive in the world. It is, after all, the place where academia was born, home to Aristotle, Socrates, Homer, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Plato – people whose work continues to shape today’s world. Not only this, but Greece is in fact where the notion of democracy first developed, as well as being the first home of the Olympic Games.
Today Greece’s academic past lives on and the country maintains number of high-ranking public institutions, including the University of Crete, situated on the largest Greek island in the Mediterranean, and the University of Ioannina in the north of the country in an area renowned for its amazing cuisine. The country itself is made up of nine regions and includes 227 inhabited islands, which has resulted in Greece having one of the longest coastlines in the world and people flock to the country every year to enjoy the Mediterranean summer.
The Greek capital Athens continues to balance extraordinary ancient history with a lively, cosmopolitan feel, and it also hosts some of the country’s most well-known universities, such as the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the National Technical University of Athens. The nation’s famous sons and daughters are not all Ancient Greeks, and notable Greeks from recent times include opera singer Maria Callas, businessman Aristotle Onassis and poet Constantine Cavafy.