The Greek Diaspora and Greek History

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There are approximately 1.3 million Greek-Americans living in the United States. Greeks are very close and often support each other in the Greek Diaspora. Like if Greeks run a restaurant or business in a foreign country, their fellow Greek-Americans will support them. There are approximately 6 to 7 million people who are part of the entire Greek Diaspora. The number of people in the world with 100% or less Greek heritage numbers at 14 to 17 million people!

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  • At the beginning of time thousands of years ago the ethnic groups we know today existed in much smaller numbers most likely, due to some ethnic groups being the subgroup of others. The focus is Hellenes, or as we call what the Romans called them, Greeks. (The castle is here to represent old times)
  • Hello, we are all part of the Greek Diaspora. We live in the United States of America, and we do have some American ancestry, so we are Greek-Americans. We have communication with the motherland, Greece, via the telephone and video chat. My name is Eleny, which is relatively simply to write in Greek. These are some of the neighbors here in Greektown.
  • The directly known ancestors of the Greeks is the Mycenaean civilization, a civilization that flourished on the mainland of Greece during the 1000 BCs. The Mycenaean civilization eventually conquerer the Minoan civilization (discovered by Sir Arthur Evans when he came to Crete looking for signets, he discovered it and named it after the legendary Cretan King Minos, who kept the Minotaur, half man, half bull, in the Labyrinth). When the Greek Dark Ages came upon the Mycenaeans after the Trojan War, the Mycenaean civilization fell. I believe the surviving Mycenaeans mated with Anatolian farmers in Anatolia (Asia Minor in Turkey) to revive their people. There is proof of this from ancient DNA studies. After the Greek Dark Ages lifted, the Greek city-states began to emerge. A well known Greek city-state was Athens, home of the Athenians, and the precise people who invented democracy (the ancient Romans invented the republic). After Philip II of Macedon, descendant of Greek refugee Perdiccas, united the majority of the Greek city-states (excluding Sparta and Syracuse, to name a few) under the League of Corinth, named after the first council which was based in the Greek city-state of Corinth, they might have started to actually call themselves "Greeks."
  • We are Greeks, 100% Greek. We live in Athens, Greece. We appreciate the Greek Diaspora, which is the communities of Greeks around the world beyond Greece, Cyprus, and the other homelands of the Greek people, which includes, to some extent, other countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, due to the locations and areas of the ancient Greek city-states.
  • Christ is risen from the dead, and by his death, he, has, trampled, down, death, and, to , those, in, the tombs. He has, restored life!
  • (All the people below are half Greek. Though it would seem unlikely for so many of them to be clustered in one place, this is just a storyboard so therefore imagination takes control.)
  • The Greeks were conquered by the Romans eventually, ruled for over a millennium by the Roman Empire, the Eastern Roman Empire, and the Byzantine Empire. Around the turn between the 14th and 15th century, the Greeks were conquered by the Ottoman Turks, ruled by the Ottoman Empire for 400 years until on March 25, 1821, the Greeks gave out a cry of war against the Turks and the Greek War of Independence, also known as the Greek Revolution, started. It ended in February of 1832 when the the Kingdom of Greece was founded!
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