Drama and tragedy: Greek concepts, Greek words and the Greeks love them both. Yet to top them off, there's nothing that the average Greek loves more than a good song and dance. From the lyre to the bouzouki and all manners of drums and dancing in between, music is one part of an ancient culture that no Grexit can extinguish.
With that in mind, we thought we'd put together a soundtrack for a possible Grexit. Whilst for a period in the 1960s and 70s, Greek singers Nana Mouskouri and Demis Roussos topped charts around the world, it's to Eurovision we turn for our inspirational music and lyrics.
And so, in solidarity with Greece's plight, here is a Top 5 of Eurovision Grexit songs to sing along to, whatever your mood; whether you want to march against the Troika or beg them for (debt) forgiveness.
1992 - Olu tu kosmou i Elpitha - Kleopatra - if you're in the mood for hope and love
We start with a bit of hope, and at the time, Greece's best ever placing.
What can I say about everything that is changing around me
What will it mean for me the future
My children's questions frighten me
The answers that I give them are not enough
Let my song's melody
Be the compass to the journey
I found the answer in love
And the whole light of Spring
And all the hope in the world
1993 - Hellada, hora tou fotos - Katy Garbi - if you're feeling patriotic
A striking singer in a stunning frock and a catchy tune full of ethnic charm. With some very prescient lyrics:
Greece, country of light, the world's beginning and comeback
A place chosen by God
Something's going on, you don't give a damn
Difficult times are coming, and the sky is shouting to you
Sit down and think, get to your senses
They trick us with sadness and taste
Oh immortal spirit, the evil is destroying you
1995 - Pia prosefhi - Elina Konstantopoulou - if you want to pray for the Troika's sins
By the mid-90s, things had gotten a little darker with these damning lyrics...again, quite scarily prescient and relevant.
They wanted to remove this land's honour
Without realising the insolence they were committing
I had a fortune and they abused it
They committed sacrilege and they weren't even ashamed
They didn't think of my life's history
Which prayer shall I say for their sins?
Which prayer can I say so they can be saved?
I drop wine to purify their sins
Which prayer shall I say for those who make me suffer?
2003 - Never Let you go - Mando - if you're feeling confused and a little remorseful
By 2003, the Greeks were entering songs sung in English. This one is the classic musical rendition of Stockholm Syndrome.
I don't know what I'm going through
Close my eyes, still see you inside
Everything reminds me of you
I could never let you go
I can't hide my feelings at all
I give you love, sometimes it's so hard
Without you I know why I would fall
I could never let you go
2015 - One Last Breath - Maria Elena Kyriakou - for when you're on your knees and feel like begging
From 2004 to 2014 with one win and no fewer than nine top ten placings, the Greeks were having fun at Eurovision - with upbeat dance songs such as Rise Up, Shake It, Opa, Yassou Maria, Secret Combination and Alcohol is Free. And then came this year's entry.
My soul, I guess I'm just no one
You killed me and I am done, without a gun
My light has fade(d), I feel betrayed
Just can't be brave, without faith
How could you leave?
I'm begging you take me
Out of this firing hell
Come back and save me
What happened wasn't fair
All that I have is one last breath
Only one last breath
Ouch. Whilst Greece may have secretly been happy at Germany's nul points this year (and even more happy that they didn't win a contest they couldn't afford to host), I'm sure there was some hope that this subliminal message would get through. Only time will tell.
So there you have it, whether you're all Greek or this is all Greek to you, you now have a soundtrack to help you as you watch the drachma unfold. (Sorry).