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More interesting facts on Athens
- the Plague of Athens devastated ancient Athens in 430 BC, perhaps leading ultimately to the city's defeat in the Peloponnesian War?
- the Panhellenic Union of Fighting Youths, a Greek Resistance organization, set a bomb that destroyed the headquarters of the pro-Nazi ESPO organization in the very centre of occupied Athens?
- the Zappas Olympics were a series of four athletic contests held in Athens between 1859 and 1889 and are considered as precursors to the modern Olympic Games?
- the real name of Hagop Hagopian, the leader of the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia, was revealed only after his assassination in Athens in 1988?
- the well-known Parthenon building in Athens replaced an Older Parthenon on the same site?
- the role of Kanephoros was the most prominent public office a girl or woman could hold in ancient Athens?
- the Athenian coup of 411 BC temporarily replaced the democratic government of Athens with a narrow oligarchy?
- the International Olympic Committee has shortlisted five cities — Athens, Bangkok, Moscow, Singapore and Turin — out of nine bids to host the first Youth Olympic Games in 2010?
- Epimachus of Athens, an ancient Athenian engineer, constructed the Helepolis, which remains the largest siege machine ever built, at over 60 feet in width and 125 feet in height?
- American statesman John Milledge named Athens, Georgia, the city surrounding the University of Georgia, after Athens, Greece, the city of Plato's Academy?
- after previously competing at the 2004 games in Athens, Brooklyn-bred Erinn Smart and her brother Keeth are again part of the U. S. Olympic fencing team at Beijing?
- during World War II, the SS-run Haidari concentration camp near Athens was so infamous that it became known as the "Bastille of Greece"?
- the 1st century Greek historian Nicolaus of Damascus reported the embassy of holy men from India to the Levant, Athens and Rome during the time of Jesus?
- Brigadier Ronnie Tod was awarded the freedom of Athens by Archbishop Damaskinos in 1944?
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