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Acropolis of Athens

Acropolis of Athens

Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis of Athens is located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and has been an ancient citadel since time immemorial. The Acropolis has several ancient buildings of architectural and historic significance. The word acropolis is from the Greek phrase akron, which means “highest point, extremity” and polis, meaning “city”. Although the term acropolis is generic, the Acropolis of Athens is of such significance that it is commonly known as “The Acropolis” without further description.

The Acropolis was inhabited as far back as the 4th millennium BC; it was not until Greece’s’ golden period when Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BC) organised the construction of the site’s current buildings including the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike.

The Acropolis of Athens

Acropolis of Athens Photo Gallery

  • Acropolis of Athens Photo Gallery

Acropolis of Athens

Quotes about Athens

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“How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens.”
– Alexander the Great

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“Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of Arts and Eloquence.”
– John Milton

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“A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

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“So far has Athens left the rest of mankind behind in thought and expression that her pupils have become the teachers of the world.”
– Panegyricus

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“Let there be light! Said Liberty, And like sunrise from the sea, Athens arose!”
– Percy Bysshe Shelley

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“I am a citizen, not of Athens, or Greece, but of the world.”
– Socrates

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“If Athens shall appear great to you, consider then that her glories were purchased by valiant men, and by men who learned their duty.”
– Pericles

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“Many of our ideas of democracy, so much of our literature and philosophy and science can be traced back to roots right here in Athens.”
– Barack Obama

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“Earth proudly wears the Parthenon As the best gem upon her zone.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

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“Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.”
– Bible

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“Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of Arts and Eloquence.”
– John Milton

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