Ten fun facts about Ancient Greeks

Fact 1
Food for the Greeks had religious and philosophical meaning. They never ate meat unless it had been sacrificed to a god.

Fact 2
They did not eat tomatoes, potatoes, oranges, and lemons since these were unknown at that time.

Fact 3
Ancient Greek men rivaled each other in the excellence of their beards. Beard trimming became an art and barbers became leading citizens.

Fact 4
Boys in Sparta were sent to military camps at the age of seven. They learned how to read and write at 14. Military service lasted until 60.

Fact 5
Ancient Greeks believed dearly in the balance of mind and body. Inscribed on the shrine of Delphi, reads “Nothing in excess” and “Know thyself”.

Fact 6
Girls left their childhood toys at the temple of Artemis, signifying they were passing into adulthood.

Fact 7
Miniature elephants once existed on Crete, Cyprus, and various other Mediterranean islands.

Fact 8
The ancient Greeks believed that dance was important to maintain physical and emotional health.

Fact 9
Music in ancient Greece was a form of mathematics as well as art.

Fact 10
Ancient Greeks did not use napkins. Instead they wiped their hands on pieces of bread which were given to the dogs.

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Short about Ancient Greeks
were people belonging to the Greek civilization during a period of Greek history that lasted from the Archaic period of the 8th to 6th centuries BC to the end of antiquity.