Athens and Ancient Greece

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I was reading a blog posting where the author suggested that while the Acropolis is a place worth seeing  there is not a lot else in Athens and recommended going to Mykonos or Santorini instead.

Well I have to disagree with that because Athens is a wonderful city for visiting ancient monuments and buildings, in addition to the Acropolis there is the Ancient Greek and Roman Agora and the dramatic Temple of Zeus with its spectacular columns thrusting triumphantly into the sky.

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6 responses to “Athens and Ancient Greece

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  5. Thank you for your post about the ancient sites in Athens. I lived in Athens as a girl and agree that there is much more to it that the Parthenon. I haven’t returned since the 1960s, but loved Lykavitou (Lykabettos), the hill with a church at the top from which you get a beautiful view of the city, including the Parthenon. It is a shame that these ancient sites weren’t protected sooner, before irreparable damage was done,; but on the other hand, from your post one gets the feeling that the ancient is part of the everyday, and that people are actually living in and amongst these ruins rather than setting them up as tourist monuments and genuflecting before them. Don’t know if that makes sense, but I get a similar feeling in India, where historical buildings are crumbling, but people are inhabiting them (their tattered laundry hanging from the balconies of old palaces), and the ruins of ancient monasteries are not just sterile tourist sites but are lived in lightly by indigenous peoples whose environment is fast disappearing. Cheers, J

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  6. So many informative pages on Ancient,Greek History,just in one post,a post that makes you feel the re-birth of the Ancient,Greek Spirit…

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