Ancient Greek Hellas. Modern Greek Ellas. a republic in S Europe at the S end of the Balkan Peninsula. 50,147 sq. mi. (129,880 sq. km).
Capital: Athens.
a city in W New York.
Contemporary Examples

He posed with blind children in Greece and crippled children in Italy and orphans in England.
Frank Sinatra and the Birth of the Jet Set William Stadiem August 1, 2014

The notion of handcrafting a flawless spouse was nothing new—the Pygmalion myth dates back to ancient Greece.
The Man Who Tried to Raise a Wife Mythili Rao April 18, 2013

The trouble in Greece has been growing in plain sight for years.
World Economy in Chaos Ian Bremmer, Nouriel Roubini June 2, 2010

The result would be higher interest rates, which in turn would mean even slower growth and higher deficits—as it has in Greece.
The Sequester Defies Economic Good Sense and Should Be Canceled Robert Shapiro February 28, 2013

Economic markets are collapsing; people have nothing to eat in Greece.
Intimate Madonna Show at Paris’s Olympia Hall Turns Ugly Tracy McNicoll July 26, 2012

Historical Examples

Notice the anachronism of the transfer of the mediaeval sport to legendary Greece.
Palamon and Arcite John Dryden

Her house is the only one in all Greece where women are allowed to be present at entertainments.
Philothea Lydia Maria Child

This latter idea received special development in the religions of Greece and Rome.
The Sacred Tree J. H. Philpot

But the purest and best matrons of Greece refuse to be my guests.
Philothea Lydia Maria Child

Aratus, the chief of Sicyon, was an acknowledged judge of paintings, and Sicyon was then the first school of Greece.
History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 10 (of 12) S. Rappoport

a republic in SE Europe, occupying the S part of the Balkan Peninsula and many islands in the Ionian and Aegean Seas; site of two of Europe’s earliest civilizations (the Minoan and Mycenaean); in the classical era divided into many small independent city-states, the most important being Athens and Sparta; part of the Roman and Byzantine Empires; passed under Turkish rule in the late Middle Ages; became an independent kingdom in 1827; taken over by a military junta (1967–74); the monarchy was abolished in 1973; became a republic in 1975; a member of the European Union. Official language: Greek. Official religion: Eastern (Greek) Orthodox. Currency: euro. Capital: Athens. Pop: 10 772 967 (2013 est). Area: 131 944 sq km (50 944 sq miles) Modern Greek name Ellás, related adjective Hellenic

c.1300, from Latin Graecia; named for its inhabitants; see Greek. Earlier in English was Greklond (c.1200). The Turkish name for the country, via Persian, is Yunanistan, literally “Land of the Ionians.” Ionia also yielded the name for the country in Arabic and Hindi (Yunan).

Republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Athens.

Note: Greece is a member of NATO.

Note: Ancient Greek culture, particularly as developed in Athens, was the principal source of Western civilization.

Note: Tension and fighting between Greece and Turkey has continued for hundreds of years.

Note: It is known for its production of grapes, olives, and olive oil.

orginally consisted of the four provinces of Macedonia, Epirus, Achaia, and Peleponnesus. In Acts 20:2 it designates only the Roman province of Macedonia. Greece was conquered by the Romans B.C. 146. After passing through various changes it was erected into an independent monarchy in 1831. Moses makes mention of Greece under the name of Javan (Gen. 10:2-5); and this name does not again occur in the Old Testament till the time of Joel (3:6). Then the Greeks and Hebrews first came into contact in the Tyrian slave-market. Prophetic notice is taken of Greece in Dan. 8:21. The cities of Greece were the special scenes of the labours of the apostle Paul.


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