From: The Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples/Greeks/Peter D. Chimbos

The Greeks, or Hellenes as they call themselves, boast an historical legacy of more than 3,000 years. Most Greek immigrants and their descendants in Canada are well aware of this legacy, which helps to define their identity in the New World. Traditionally considered the cradle of Western civilization, ancient Greece (Hellas) has been credited for its achievements in art, architecture, literature, philosophy, science, democracy, and religion. The magnificent writings of the Greek geniuses of the Hellenic period (776–338 B.C.E.), including Euripides, Aristophanes, Plato, and Aristotle, were to become the foundation for social thought and institutional arrangements of modern western civilization.