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In the olden times, the commerce and inhabiting undertakings of the Hellenic tribes helped expand the Hellenic culture, language and religion all over the Mediterranean and Black Sea. During the Empire of Alexander the Great, Hellenic governing groups were set in the Middle East, India and Egypt. The Hellenistic era is defined by a new surge of Hellenic settlement, which became the foundation for Hellenic towns and kingdoms in the contents of Africa and Asia. During the Roman Empire, transportation became easier and the Greeks were travelling around the Empire and in the regions of the East. Throughout the Hellenic War of Independence and afterwards, Greeks of the Diaspora turned out to be of great significance in gathering funds and raising wakefulness outside of the country. Hellenic merchant families already had acquaintances in other nations and during the conflicts, numerous of them made their homes around the UK, Mediterranean and also Russia. As they became more financially successful, the Diaspora spread even more in India, North Africa, the Levant and later the United States. During the 20th century, several Greeks relocated from their birthplaces due to financial causes having as a result great numbers of immigrants from Greece as well as Cyprus to the USA, UK, Germany, South Africa, Canada and Australia. The Greeks found outside Greece and Cyprus currently are estimated by the World Council of Hellenes Abroad at about 7 million!

Greeks have played a significant role in the optical, performing and literary arts. In the West, ancient Hellenic art was of utmost importance in forming the Roman and ultimately the contemporary Western artistic legacy. Next to the European Renaissance, the humanist aesthetic and the highly advanced technical criteria of Hellenic art influenced generations after generations of European and international artists. During the 19th century, the classical practice that stemmed from Greece contributed in the art of the Western World. Furthermore, the conquests by Alexander the Great in the East commenced numerous centuries of trading between Hellenic, Indian and Central Asian cultures, bringing about the art called Greco-Buddhist, whose effect spread as far as Japan. Byzantine Hellenic art offered stimuli to the art of lots of countries and its impact can be found from Venice, Italy in the West all the way to Kazakhstan in the East. On the other hand, Hellenic art was also inspired by eastern cultures in classical antiquity, whereas, Modern Hellenic art is greatly influenced by the more Western type of art. Outstanding Greek artists comprise of soprano Maria Callas, Renaissance painter El Greco, one of the best-selling composers internationally Iannis Xenakis, Vangelis, Yanni and singers Nana Mouskouri. Constantine Cavafis and Nobel Prize winners Giorgos Seferis and Odysseas Elytis are amongst the most distinguished poets of the 20th century. Lastly, contemporary Greek actors of worldwide prestige are Irene Papas, Melina Mercouri, Spiros Focas and Oscar and Golden Globe Award winner Katina Paxinou.