the sprawling city of Athens it is easy to imagine the golden age of Greece
when Pericles had the Parthenon built. When the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles
and Euripides were performed in the Theater of Dionysus. And when democracy
brought all citizens together to decide their common fate on the Pynx Hill.
Athens is built around the Acropolis and the pinnacled crag of Mt. Lycabettus,
which the goddess Athena was said to have dropped from the heavens as a bulwark
to defend the city. (Athens currently has over four million inhabitants). The
suburbs have covered the barren plain in all directions and the city is packed
with lively taverns and bustling shops.
Dominating the Athenian landscape, the Acropolis is unsurpassed in its beauty,
architectural splendor and historic importance. The entrance to the Acropolis
is the Propylea, which extends 150 feet adjoining the temple of Athena Nike
or Wingless Victory. The Parthenon is on the highest part of the Acropolis and
was built between 447 and 437 BC. It was here that modern democracy began its