Ancient Greek culture and language has had an enduring impact on European culture, mostly through the mediation of the Romans.

The map illustrates the different words for Greece in use today on the continent. The name of Greece differs in Greece in comparison with the names used for the country in other languages and cultures, just like the names of the Greeks.
The ancient name of the country is Hellas or Hellada.In English, however, the country is usually called Greece, which comes from Latin Graecia (as used by the Romans) and literally means ‘the land of the Greeks’.