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The Orthodox parish: A modern arc for the community

The Greek civilization brought to light democracy. A democracy of direct representation without middlemen or other electoral bodies in between. Since the 5th century B.C the citizens of Athens, who had completed the 20th year of their life, could take part in an assembly called “ecclesia of demos”, which meant: the call of the people.

It was within this assembly that the Athenians were gathered to make decisions about all the important issues of their City-State.Major issues such as the foreign policy or the declaration of war were thorougly discusssed. Each citizen could express his opinion and in case the assembly had been misled by someone’s proposal, an imminent punishment was to be imposed on the citizen who caused a political and social unrest to the city of Athens.

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The continuity of the Greek spirit throughout history

  The Greek civilization has been travelling from antiquity to today. Not only has it been maintained but it has been widely enriched. Travelling through the Μyceneans and the Trojan war, the byzantine era and the Greek revolution up to modern Greece, there are some common features in each period that make the Greek culture unique. These are the Greek hospitality, religiosity, certain burial customs and the honor to the dead. Additionally, Greeks’ outward-looking culture contributed to the exchange of philosophical ideas with other countries and civilizations. Read more