Why do Lebanese people call themselves Greeks and some even have Greek surnames..?

Lebanon is thousand of miles away from Greece and they were under French rule not Greek rule so how come there is a Greek connection here?

4 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    Actually Lebanon does have a Greek history. It was part of the Byzantine Empire in the past, which was a Greek Empire. It is also worth pointing out that Lebanon was part of Syria at that time. Many Lebanese (and Syrians) are of Greek ancestry. Most of the Greek Orthodox Christians in both Syria and Lebanon are of Greek origin, which is why they are members of the Greek Orthodox Church in the first place, and this explains why many of them have Greek surnames. There is a term for the Syrians and Lebanese who are of Greek (Byzantine) ancestry, they are referred to as Antiochian Greeks.

  • 8 years ago

    cyprus is closer to lebanon than its to greece and im arab and never heard a lebanese who said that but many of them are greek orthadox and both they share very deep history if u know anything about the greeks u will know that their empires were from athens to the east so they were more familiar with us than any other europeans

  • 8 years ago

    lebanon and syria were greece

  • Mark
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    For the same reason someone with the last name "Cohen" changes it to "Sullivan", then immediately to "Jones". Then if anyone asks them "what was your name BEFORE?" they can say "Sullivan".

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