First, there was Athens!

We just came back from Athens a few days ago. We were there for a short business trip and as always Erwin’s Greek clients were the most welcoming of all.

No one can deny that in Greece people embrace their guest in ways few do. It is a part of their culture, it was a big part of their history: in ancient Greece, it was believed that any stranger might be a god in disguise, checking up on mortals.

In fact, the concept of hospitality was so deeply embedded in ancient Greek culture that it took the form of a code of conduct. “Xenia”is the term used to describe the virtue of showing generosity or courtesy to strangers of any condition and creating a genial relationship between host and guest. But “Xenia” also required guests to observe certain guidelines. According to legend, even an event as epoch-making as the Trojan War began because of a guest’s violation of Xenia: The Trojan prince Paris was a guest of King Menelaus of Sparta when he abducted Menelaus’ wife, Helen.

There are many tales and stories about Greece, and Athens being one of the oldest cities in the World and Europe’s oldest capital has a history that still impacts our modern everyday life. The Athenians were pioneers in many fields and aspects. Their legacy has had a significant influence on culture today, from athletic spectacles such as the Olympics to the storytelling structure of Hollywood films.

Ancient Athens is not ancient history at all. Therefore, it’s important to take a humble look back in time — way back in time —  to review these roots and comprehend the 10 ideas that have boosted progress throughout the centuries.

First model of democracy :

Of all of the contributions of ancient Greece to modern culture, arguably the greatest is democracy, which is itself a Greek word Demokratia literally meaning “people power.” Developed around the fifth century BC in the Greek city-state (known as a polis) of Athens, comprising the city of Athens and the surrounding territory of Attica, the Athenian democracy is the first known democracy in the world.  The democratic tradition of Athens embodied the ideals of legal equality, personal freedom and governance by the people. These principles have been influential around the globe, shaping political institutions, revolutionary movements and even the spirit of society itself.

First University:

Famous as a philosopher, scholar and mathematician, Plato was Athens’ most influential teacher. Plato was also responsible for creating the Academy, the first institute of higher learning in the Western world, making Athens the home of the first university

First Olympic Games: