Greece History








Mainland Greece


The Greek Islands


Crete        Rhodes






 The name Greece is a modern concept, as it did not exist as a country until 1830 when Britain, France and Russia recognized its boundaries following the overthrow of its Turkish rulers. Like everywhere else in the world, during ancient and mediaeval times the structure of society was tribal, with citizens loyal to a Liege Lord, and countries as such did not exist.


Ancient "Greece," areas colonized by the Greek people, actually included parts of present day Italy, the Balkans, Turkey and even as far away as Egypt.


The individual city states, Athens, Corinth, Sparta, Troy etc. all arguing amongst themselves and vying for power, and it was not until the unification of the states under Philip and later Alexander that the Greek Empire became a reality.