Did you know that Greece has been a safe country since 460 BC? If you didn’t, now you know. The Greek Tourism Ministry created a badge for the country’s tourist enterprises that follow the health protocols.
The badge, written in English, has title “Health First” and subtitle “Safe since 460 BC.” In the middle the badge has a sketch of Ancient Greek physician of the Age of Pericles, Hippocrates.
According to news website tvxs, the badge was presented at the Official Gazette legislation about touristic enterprises on Monday.
Keeping in mind that Hippocrates was born in 460 BC, the father of medicine, must have started applying his healing methods in a country that was not a country back then, already right after his birth or at the tender age of 12 months old… or something.
But then again, there was the famous plague of Athens in 430 BC. The epidemic devastated the city-state of Athens, killing an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 people.
Is it highly possible that Hippocrates was not able to save the city because he could not sail from the island of Kos to Athens due to ancient times lockdown similar to the recent one due to the coronavirus pandemic?
Is it highly possibly that “the genius creatives” who created the badge are uneducated, have no idea of Ancient Greek history, and furthermore are not aware that the year 430 BC followed the year 460 BC and that we count the years Before Christ backwards?
Of course, there was also the Justinian Plague in around 517 AD, the Black Death plague in the 14th century, several influenza pandemics that allegedly did not reach Greece. Or Hippocrates was still alive and healing…
On the other hand, the Tourism Ministry may have had some other kind of “safety” in mind. Therefore, I pass.