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All Modern-Day Countries Ever Controlled by Greeks

With the help of a map, can you guess all modern day countries that were at one point controlled by Greek peoples?
Due to its process of Hellenization, territories of the Byzantine Empire are included here.
Includes tributary states and occupied territory.
Quiz by Dekkie
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Last updated: March 24, 2021
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Countries
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Countries
Egypt
France
Georgia
Greece
India
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Italy
Countries
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon
Libya
Malta
Monaco
Countries
Montenegro
Morocco
Nepal
North Macedonia
Pakistan
Palestine
Portugal
Romania
Countries
Russia
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Slovenia
Spain
Switzerland
Syria
Countries
Tajikistan
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Uzbekistan
Vatican City
70 Comments
+20
Level 64
Feb 9, 2021
Awesome quiz Dekkie!
+10
Level 55
Feb 10, 2021
Thanks!
+34
Level 75
Feb 10, 2021
Wasn't expecting the Nepalis to make it in here

Also Azerbaijan was quite sneaky ngl, took me a bit to notice that bit

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Level 55
Feb 10, 2021
You can thank the Indo-Greeks for Nepal, haha.
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Level 55
Feb 10, 2021
Great Quiz! Just one nitpick error with the map.

The Azerbaijani exclave doesn't exist(I won nitpick of the year)

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Level 75
Feb 10, 2021
I was going to say the same thing (but still definitely a nitpick).
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Level 55
Feb 10, 2021
Nakhchivan? I don't think that was ever part of Alexander's conquests, but I'll readjust the borders a little bit.
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Level 59
Mar 4, 2021
Awesome
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Level 64
Mar 24, 2021
Corsica is coloured in when you answer Italy, instead of France.
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Level 55
Mar 24, 2021
Whoops. Good catch, I fixed this up real quick. Thanks!
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Level 63
Mar 31, 2021
WOW! I never knew they made it to Nepal!
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Level 72
Sep 25, 2022
I am picturing an old Greek man with a cap herding yaks in Nepal.
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Level 55
Sep 25, 2022
They apparently actually did assimilate pretty well, leaving little Greek influence out there aside from ruins of old cities stemming from that era. Although, I've heard that some of the easternmost areas still have people living there that have Greek ancestry, confirmed from having their DNA tested.
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Level 63
Jul 13, 2021
Recommend you put a dot for micronation on Malta. It took me a while to even spot the missing part of the map... I kept looking for a yellow edge somewhere along the borders on the sides of the map thinking it was a sliver of a bigger country. Regardless, fun quiz and well done!
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Level 60
Sep 25, 2021
What’s the fun in that?
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Level 54
Jul 13, 2021
Crimea is part of Ukraine not Russia
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Level 55
Jul 13, 2021
I go by JetPunk standards, which considers Crimea a part of Russia rather than Ukraine.
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Level 83
Sep 19, 2022
Wait a few months and it might change. But yeah Jetpunk consideres who actually controls AND claims an area.
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Level 64
Sep 28, 2022
Do they really though?

Plenty examples of "countries" that control and claim their territory but JetPunk doesn't consider sovereign e.g. Somaliland.

Will JetPunk now count the occupied territories of Ukraine as part of Russia following the sham referendums?

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Level 69
Mar 6, 2023
It infuriates me that Jetpunk insists that foreign occupied territories IE Crimea are a part of russia. Truly heinous.
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Level 47
Jul 1, 2023
so leave jetpunk if u hate it that much
+8
Level 52
Aug 4, 2021

Wow, very impressive quiz. This is another masterpiece

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Level 56
Dec 15, 2021
What about Gibraltar?
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Level 55
Dec 15, 2021
Not independent.
+6
Level 74
Sep 28, 2022
Part of the UK.
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Level 64
Sep 28, 2022
No it isn't
+2
Level 56
Sep 29, 2022
it is
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Level 36
Apr 16, 2022
Forgot about Malta, but it was impossible to see
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Level 71
Sep 20, 2022
yes, i thought that was a speck on my screen :(
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Level 43
Dec 22, 2023
Lol that happens to me whenever I see small islands, I always try to wipe my screen.
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Level 52
May 1, 2022
Switzerland?
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Level 37
Aug 21, 2022
The Roman Empire splitter up 2 times, the first time the east streched very far out to Italy and south Switzerland. The border was the French-Italian border The second time the border was around Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Level 65
Aug 26, 2022
Fantastic quiz. Interesting how the Greeks never really colonised territory to much to the north?
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Level 64
Aug 28, 2022
I think they stopped around where the Danube river is
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Level 55
Sep 20, 2022
The Bosporus Kingdom was (likely) the northernmost point. They never really went further than the westernmost points of the Mediterranean Sea as far as I'm aware.
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Level 79
Sep 28, 2022
They did explore further north, so I wonder whether they would have set up northern colonies in an alternative history.
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Level 59
Sep 13, 2022
Great quiz
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Level 55
Sep 20, 2022
Thanks!
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Level 80
Sep 21, 2022
I thought the Greeks conquered Gibraltar & therefore part of the UK
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Level 55
Sep 21, 2022
It's already listed, though grayed out.
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Level 91
Sep 21, 2022
To be overly pedantic, Gibraltar is not part of the UK. I recommend the Venn Diagram found here. Gibraltar is an Overseas Territory belonging to the Crown, to which the UK also belongs. So while the British Monarch is their head of state (as they are for countries like Australia, Canada, and (for now at least) the Bahamas) they are internally self-governing.
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Level 74
Sep 28, 2022
Probably just me but I think Malta is hard to see, maybe because it is highlighted in green when Italy is typed.
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Level 68
Sep 28, 2022
Fun quiz, though I almost wish the map hadn’t been included. Would have been much more challenging. (My geography is MUCH better than my history, and I don’t think this is intended to be a geography quiz)
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Level 55
Sep 29, 2022
Was Alexander Greek or was he Macedon?
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Level 68
Sep 30, 2022
Both.
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Level 47
Feb 14, 2023
macedonia was an ancient greek kingdom
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Level 43
Dec 22, 2023
And he was born in Pellas, which is now in the modern day country of Greece.
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Level 66
Sep 30, 2022
Crimea is not part of Russia!!
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Level 55
Sep 30, 2022
I will mention it again: This quiz, like all my other quizzes, follows JetPunk standards, which puts Crimea under Russia. I understand that the situation has been complicated even more than before with the annexations that happened earlier today, but right now I'd rather not try and modify my quizzes with the daily changing frontllines.
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Level 70
Oct 2, 2022
It's very disappointing to learn JP recognizes Crimea as part of Russia. You don't have to follow that lead -- you have a choice. Front lines might change daily, but it's pretty easy not to recognize any Ukrainian territory seized by Russia.
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Level 55
Oct 3, 2022
Until the war is over, I'm gonna keep the status quo ante bellum and not make any further changes.
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Level 52
Sep 30, 2022
Nice quiz, but way too easy with map. Thanks anyway.
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Level 29
Sep 30, 2022
armenia and malta were hard to find
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Level 74
Nov 8, 2022
Great quiz! The others in this series have been hard for me to see, but this one is perfect! Thanks for making it :)
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Level 55
Nov 9, 2022
Thanks!
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Level 68
Dec 6, 2022
I'm curious how one would know that that small pocket of Azerbaijan was under greek rule. How do they draw the line on ancient empires?
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Level 43
Dec 18, 2022
Got all of them but Azerbijan. Great quiz!
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Level 69
Mar 6, 2023
Crimea is part of Ukraine.
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Level 39
Mar 14, 2023
The Roman Empire was Greek if you the count the Aeneid as being historical, and if the Romans weren't Greek, then some of their kings (not emperors) were Etruscans (Etruscans possibly being of Greek Descent, along with lots of Romans)

(the Romans also occupied, for a short time, Ireland, Germany except the border land near Denmark, small parts of western Poland (other Vassals of the Romans include the area of modern-day Czechia, the Northern area of the Black Sea, parts of western Moldova, and most of Romania), the Expedition to Scotland ended in a short period of time where the entire eastern coast of and the counties of Perthshire and Argyll & Bute was occupied, the eastern part of the Red Sea was full of Roman Client States, and Jutland was a Client State of Rome. Northern areas of Sudan were occupied, along with a strip of coast leading to northern Eritrea. The entire Caucuses were also Occupied. They occupied parts of Southern Libya. Parthia was Occupied under a client in 116.

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Level 55
Mar 14, 2023
I don't think it's a good idea to off merely dubious claims of "Greek descent", especially if Etruscan origins are still debated to this very day.

I'm also not very sure how a single poem inspired by Greco-Roman culture would make an entire empire Greek. While it's true that the east became dominated by the Greek culture and language (eventually resulting in the Eastern Roman Empire undergoing a process of Hellenisation by the 6th century), the Roman Empire was inhabited and ruled by people that were essentially a melting pot of different cultures, so I don't really feel like it's right to include the western half as well.

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Level 48
Mar 19, 2023
Malta and azerbaijan should really be dots like Monaco San Marino and vatican
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Level 51
Mar 8, 2024
they really should I completely forgot abt them bc I couldn't see them
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Level 65
Apr 4, 2023
I never knew they got as far north as Switzerland? Which city was founded there?
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Level 76
Apr 9, 2024
None, the inclusion of some of the southern parts of Switzerland is based on the territory of the Byzantine Empire under Justinian around 550.
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Level 76
Apr 28, 2023
this is basically just the greatest heights of byzantium + macedonia combined lol
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Level 47
May 24, 2023
Why is Crimea considered to be part of Russia? It is only annexed.
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Level 57
May 25, 2023
@DvdGeo I think Jetpunk considers Crimea a part of Russia since its a directly Russian company and since currently crimea is completely occupied by the Kremlin.
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Level 55
May 26, 2023
Nonsense. JetPunk is based in Seattle. This has been standard procedure for the site ever since its annexation by Russia and while I don't agree with it personally, I prefer to go by JetPunk standards. It has also been stated before that quizmakers are free to portray the peninsula as either Russian or Ukrainian.
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Level 54
Jan 31, 2024
Got them all. I always forget North Macedonia exists.
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Level 48
Apr 8, 2024
Those sneaky countries, Azerbaijan and Malta... When I had two countries left, I was like THERES NO MORE! Then after 30 seconds, I noticed the two.