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Sunday, 25 September 2011


The site was first inhabited about 3000 BC and it was named Athens after its patron goddess Athena

Athena was the daughter of Zeus. She was born dressed in armor and is often depicted with a helmet and shield. She fought against Poseidon for the city of Athens, which takes her name.

Every year in Ancient Athens, citizens had the chance to vote their least favorite politician into exile.

On June 9, 411 BC, wealthy Athenians overthrew the democratic government of ancient Athens and replaced it with a short-lived oligarchy known as "The Four Hundred".

The Parthenon (below) in Athens was severely damaged on September 26, 1687. An ammunition dump inside the building was ignited by bombardment from Venetian forces led by Morosini who were besieging the Ottoman Turks stationed in Athens.

By Steve Swayne - File:O Partenon de Atenas.jpg, Wikipedia Commons

The first modern Olympiad was held in Athens. Because Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the Greek capital city was considered to be an appropriate choice to stage the inaugural modern Games. The games officially opened on April 6, 1896 and closed ten days later. 241 athletes from 14 nations participated in 43 events in nine disciplines.

Athens authorities spent four years demolishing rooftop billboards in an effort to beautify the city for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Athens spent $16 billion on the 2004 Olympics. They only budgeted for $1.5 billion.

In Athens, Greece, a driver's license can be taken away by law if the driver is deemed either unbathed or poorly dressed.

It has less green space than any other European capital (4%).

Athens is the only capital city in Europe where the air is more polluted outside than inside.

Athens is an anagram of hasten as well as the less common words ‘sneath’ (the pole of a scythe) and ‘snathe’ (to prune or lop trees).

Source Daily Express

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