Motto: "Eleftheria i thanatos." " Freedom or Death." - was also the inspirational motto of the Greek War of Independence.
National Anthem: The Greek Anthem (Ode to Freedom)
is based on the "Hymn to the Freedom", a lengthy poem written by
Dionysios Solomos. Dionysios Solomos was a distinguished poet from
In Greek mythology the owl was sacred to Athena, the goddess
of wisdom. Therefore it was considered a protector of the Greek armies;
if an owl flew over the army before battle, this was believed to be a
sign of victory. The owl was commonly depicted on ancient coins, and on
the modern One Euro coin of Greece.