"Greece is a vine, an olive tree and a boat"
Nobel prize winner Greek poet Odysseas Elytis
The word ΑΡΩΓΟΣ is an ancient Greek word signifying something with beneficial, useful, and helpful properties. The advantageous, valuable, and positive characteristics of olive oil were appreciated in Greek mythology and esteemed in ancient Greek society.
The first olive tree cultivation occurred in Greece in approximately 3500 B.C. Homer in the “Odyssey” referred to olive oil as “liquid gold” and it was considered the most valuable commodity of the time. Solon, the great ruler of Athens, enacted the Olive Protection Law during the Athenian democracy (6th Century B.C.), which was the first written legislation of the world, and strictly prohibited the destruction of olive trees, which were considered sacred.
Olympic games winners in ancient Greece were crowned with olive branches and awarded many tons of olive oil. Ancient soldiers would put olive oil on their bodies and weapons before going to war and the mythological hero Hercules always wore a crown of olive branches which were believed to make him invincible to harm.
Ancient philosophers, physicians and historians undertook various studies and came up with numerous classifications of olive oil and referred to the curative properties of olive oil and its many health benefits which modern science and medicine has come to understand and promote.
Modern Greece is the world’s largest qualitative producer of olive oil. ΑΡΩΓΟΣ aims to introduce people to the many beneficial health and medicinal properties of olive oil. For us, olive oil is special. It is a unique implement for a better, healthier, and more enriched life. Not only is olive oil a culinary delight, it is also a way of life!