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 +[[Image:Akropolis by Leo von Klenze.jpg|thumb|left|200px|''[[The Acropolis of Athens]]'' (1846) is a painting by [[Leo von Klenze]] of the [[Acropolis of Athens]]. It is an [[Idealization|idealized]] [[reconstruction]] of the Acropolis and [[Areopagus]] in Athens.]]
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 +"[[Athens]] is peerless among the existing monuments of the ancient civilised world. The ruins of [[Rome]] may be more gorgeous ; of [[Babylon]], more mysterious ; of [[Persepolis]], more romantic ; of the Egyptian [[Thebes]], more vast; but in all that is interesting to thought and feeling - in memories and associations, deep, affecting, sublime, Athens transcends them all." --''[[The Antiquities of Athens]]''
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The city sits on a small, southeast-facing [[peninsula]] east of the [[Isthmus of Corinth]], known as [[Attica]]. This peninsula was first consolidated under Athenian control during the early [[Greek Archaic Age]]. The land is relatively flat and arable, but also rocky and of marginal fertility. The ancient site of the city is centered on a rocky hill called the [[Acropolis]], a little way inland. In ancient times, Athens' port was located in the outlying settlement of [[Piraeus]], but it has now been absorbed into the city. The city sits on a small, southeast-facing [[peninsula]] east of the [[Isthmus of Corinth]], known as [[Attica]]. This peninsula was first consolidated under Athenian control during the early [[Greek Archaic Age]]. The land is relatively flat and arable, but also rocky and of marginal fertility. The ancient site of the city is centered on a rocky hill called the [[Acropolis]], a little way inland. In ancient times, Athens' port was located in the outlying settlement of [[Piraeus]], but it has now been absorbed into the city.
- +==See also==
-It is served by a newly constructed and opened [[airport]], the [[Eleftherios Venizelos Airport]], about a 40-minute taxi ride from the city centre. The current airport replaced [[Ellinikon International Airport]], which was infamous for widespread bad service.+* ''[[The Antiquities of Athens]]''
- +* [[Athenian democracy]]
-Athens was the host of the [[Games of the I Olympiad|1896 Olympics]], the [[1906]] Intermediary Olympics and will be the host of the [[2004 Summer Olympics]].+* [[Parthenon]]
 +* [[Acropolis of Athens|Acropolis of Athens]]
 +* [[Classical Greece]]
 +* [[Democracy]]
 +* [[Ancient Greece|Hellenic civilization]]
 +* [[Peloponnesian War]]
 +* [[Age of Pericles]]
 +* [[Greco-Persian Wars]]
 +* [[National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens]]
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The Acropolis of Athens (1846) is a painting by Leo von Klenze of the Acropolis of Athens. It is an idealized reconstruction of the Acropolis and Areopagus in Athens.
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The Acropolis of Athens (1846) is a painting by Leo von Klenze of the Acropolis of Athens. It is an idealized reconstruction of the Acropolis and Areopagus in Athens.

"Athens is peerless among the existing monuments of the ancient civilised world. The ruins of Rome may be more gorgeous ; of Babylon, more mysterious ; of Persepolis, more romantic ; of the Egyptian Thebes, more vast; but in all that is interesting to thought and feeling - in memories and associations, deep, affecting, sublime, Athens transcends them all." --The Antiquities of Athens

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The city of Athens (Αθηνα), named after the goddess Athena, is the capital of Greece. For many years during the 1st millennium BC, it existed as a sovereign city-state, as did every Greek city of the time. Athens was home to one of the earliest recorded formal democracies. Its most notable achievements during this era include the leadership of a powerful alliance (the Delian League), and the refinement of Greek philosophy.

The city sits on a small, southeast-facing peninsula east of the Isthmus of Corinth, known as Attica. This peninsula was first consolidated under Athenian control during the early Greek Archaic Age. The land is relatively flat and arable, but also rocky and of marginal fertility. The ancient site of the city is centered on a rocky hill called the Acropolis, a little way inland. In ancient times, Athens' port was located in the outlying settlement of Piraeus, but it has now been absorbed into the city.

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