The Athenian Acropolis

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The Athenian Acropolis
Few monuments in the ancient world match the Acropolis of Athens for its sheer elegance and architectural brilliance. It stands as a symbol of the very first flowerings of Greek–and therefore Western–thought in an astonishing range of intellectual endeavors. A city on the edge of forever, the Acropolis is only rivaled by the Egyptian pyramids for what it says about the capacities of the ancients to construct architecture that can awe even modern day architects for its precision and magnificence. Despite this legacy, the Acropolis also in many ways represents the first, fateful step that the Athenians took on the road to Empire and eventual defeat, a lesson that should give pause to all who admire it for what it says...
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