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The capital city, Athens, and the cities of Thessaloniki (Salonika), Patras, Volos, and Larissa have the largest populations in Greece, which has a total population of approximately ten million.
Ninety-seven percent of the ethnically and linguistically homogeneous nation speaks Greek, and one percent, Turkish.
The Hellenistic Age that followed Alexander's rule lasted until 146 395, Greece became part of the Eastern Empire, which continued as the Byzantine Empire until 1453.
George I, who succeeded Otto I, created a more democratic form of government with a new constitution in 1864.
During the 1880s and 1890s, transportation, education, and social services rapidly improved.
Socrates, Plato, Xenophon, Herodotus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus came into prominence, and in 432 and a plague that raged through Athens in 430 contributed to bring the Golden Age to an end.
For a time Sparta dominated the Greek world, but war and severe economic decline hastened the decline of all of the city-states.In 1952 Greece joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and also granted women the right to vote and to hold political office.