By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 25, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we celebrate the beginning of the modern era of Greek history.


Greece is the cradle of Western civilization dating to the 8th century BC, being the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, many math and scientific principles, theater, the idea of Olympic games, etc. 

The modern history of Greece is different, and dates to when it was proclaimed a republic on March 25, 1924.  It has not been a smooth road for the government.

George II returned to the throne briefly in 1935 and an attempt at restoring the monarchy happened again in 1946.  A military dictatorship was in power for 7 years from 1967-1974 before being ousted.

The Third Hellenic Republic began in 1974 when a vote of the population was taken to restore the republic’s status and provide a “government of national unity.”

The royal family has been stripped of their titles and live as private citizens, although some continue to live as royalty in other countries.  For example, the UK’s King Charles III is part of the Greek royal family through his father, Phillip, who was Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark.

We doubt that Socrates or Plato would have approved the power grabbing.

Presented here is Tanner’s map of Greece from 1836.

Greece 1836 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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