Greece from antiquity to the present day

We usually know more about ancient Greece than modern: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle among others, are more familiar to us than Venizelos, Papandreu, Costa-Gavras or Tsipras. This book, in tight and very accomplished synthesis, addresses the history of this unique country, stopping in politics, culture, idiosyncrasies and even gastronomy.

Greece, an ancient nation and modern state that has not yet fulfilled two centuries of existence, "poor country of less poor people" and millionaire shipowners, of deep Orthodox religiosity, in constant conflict within the Balkan tensions and Turkey, appears here faithfully reflected.


SEBASTIÁN QUESADA MARCO has a degree in History from the Complutense University of Madrid. Since 1965 he has worked in the service of the promotion and extension of the Spanish language and culture abroad, first as Director of Spanish Cultural Centers dependent on the General Direction of Cultural and Scientific Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, subsequently, as Director of the Cervantes Institutes.

He has directed the Hispano-Arab Institute of Culture of Baghdad and the Cervantes Institutes of Tangier, Lisbon, Milan, Bordeaux and Athens. He has been Coordinator of the Cervantes Institutes in Europe and, within these functions, has been in charge of the management of the Cervantes Institutes of Cairo, Vienna, Milan and Bucharest. He prepared the transformation of the Cervantes Institutes cultural centers of Cairo, Tangier, Tetouan, Lisbon, Vienna, Milan, Bordeaux and Bucharest.

He has been a member of the DELE Advisory Council (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) of the Ministry of Education and Science, and the president of numerous DELE courts in various countries (USA, Brazil, Denmark, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Morocco, Bulgaria, Egypt, Romania, Austria).

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