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“My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife, you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.” -Socrates

The ancient Greeks were ahead of their time regarding the ideas, architecture, mathematics, and literature compared to much of the world at the time.  Enjoy these interesting facts about ancient Greece.


42. You may be an “idiot.”

In ancient Greek, the word “idiot” meant anyone who didn’t participate in politics.

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41. Too sexy for my tweezers.

In ancient Greece, the unibrow was a sign of intelligence and great beauty in women. Some women who didn’t have epic unibrows naturally used makeup to draw one on.

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40. Save Your Strength For the Games!

No wars were permitted in the month before the ancient Olympics so that spectators could travel to Olympia unharmed. During The Olympic Truce, legal disputes and the carrying out of death penalties were also forbidden.

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39. Not so glamourous in red…

In ancient Greece, wearing red lipstick was a sign that you were a person from the prostitute class. Under Greek law, prostitutes who appeared in public without their designated lip paint and other makeup could be punished for improperly posing as ladies.

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38. Subway woes.

Cities in Greece sometimes accidentally dig up ancient ruins while trying to build or expand subway systems. The Thessaloniki subway system was significantly delayed when they unearthed something that was described as “beyond archaeologist’s wildest dreams” a major commercial centre from the Byzantine Empire.

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37. Badass ancient dogs.

Spiked dog collars were invented in ancient Greece. Sheepdogs on farms wore spiked collars, called melium, to protect their necks from wolf bites as they defended flocks of sheep.

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