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 Realize The Most Flirtatious City 认识最轻浮的城市

     1 雅典面面观
     Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica periphery and it is one of the world's oldest cities, as its recorded history spans around 3,400 years.
     A cosmopolitan metropolis, modern Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece and it is rated as an alpha- world city. In 2008, Athens was ranked the world's 32nd richest city by purchasing power and the 25th most expensive in a UBS study.
     Athens has been a popular destination for travelers since antiquity. Over the past decade, the city's infrastructure and social amenities have improved, in part due to its successful bid to stage the 2004 Olympic Games. The Greek Government, aided by the EU, has funded major infrastructure projects such as the state-of-the-art Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, the expansion of the Athens Metro system, and the new Attiki Odos Motorway.
     Athens is home to 148 theatrical stages, more than any other city in the world, including the famous ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus, home to the Athens Festival, which runs from May to October each year.In addition to a large number of multiplexes, Athens plays host to a variety of romantic, open air garden cinemas.
     1896 brought forth the revival of the modern Olympic Games, by Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin. Thanks to his efforts, Athens was awarded the first modern Olympic Games. In 1896, the city had an approximate population of 123, 000 and the event helped boost the city's international profile. Of the venues used for these Olympics, the Kallimarmaro Stadium, and Zappeion were most crucial. The Kallimarmaro is a replica of the ancient Athenian stadiums, and the only major stadium (in its capacity of 60,000) to be made entirely of white marble from Mount Penteli, the same material used for construction of the Parthenon.
     2 雅典旅游景点的表达方式
     Acropolis of Athens 雅典卫城
     The Acropolis of Athens or Citadel of Athens is the best known acropolis in the world. Although there are many other acropoleis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is commonly known as The Acropolis without qualification. The Acropolis is a flat-topped rock that rises 150 m (490 ft) above sea level in the city of Athens, with a surface area of about 3 hectares.
     Temple of Olympian Zeus 奥林匹亚宙斯神殿
     The Temple of Olympian Zeus is a colossal ruined temple in the centre of the Greek capital Athens that was dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods. During the Roman periods it was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world.
     Ancient Agora of Athens 古安哥拉遗址
     The Ancient Agora of Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora, located to the northwest of the Acropolis and is bounded on the south by the hill of the Areopagus and on the west by the hill known as the Colonus Agoraeus.
     Historical Museum of Crete 克里特历史博物馆
     The Historical Museum of Crete is a museum in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. The Museum presents a comprehensive view of Cretan history from early Christian times to the present day. It was founded in 1953 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies, which had been established two years earlier. The founders' goal was to collect and preserve valuable archaeological, ethnographic and historical material deriving from the medieval and modern periods in Cretan history.

     The home of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle is the "most flirtatious city" of the modern world.
     The Greek capital is a seductive city, with a hedonistic lifestyle.
     Athenians love to party and they love to talk.
     Flirting and sexual banter are not just a means to an end but part of social interaction.
     Old people flirt, married people flirt, now young people are simply using technology to do what Athenians have always done.
     Plato said "Love is a serious mental disease".
     Ancient Athenians may have honed the art of flirtation at drinking parties known as symposia, drinking parties where men flirted with dancing girls among other entertainment.
     It is probably fair to say that the Athenians perfected the art of flirtation in ancient times, especially at the time of symposia described by Plato.
     Ancient Athens is said to be the cradle of democracy.
     The Acropolis dominates the city of Athens.
     An Athenian never forsook distress.
     This intellectual and artistic outbreak in Athens was no doubt favoured by the conditions of the time.
     Of the several localities in Greece where the worship of Zeus was conducted with unusual ceremony and devotion, the two most deserving of attention are Athens and Olympia.
     In the 5th century BC ancient Athens was the world's most powerful and civilized city.
     The Acropolis is one of the wonders of the ancient world.
     Every detail of the Acropolis, its masonry, sculptures and painted decorations were to be the finest ever created.
     The Acropolis shows a maturity of Greek mathematics and also an appreciation of geometrical ideas.
     The Acropolis at Athens and the Parthenon are the finest monument of Greek architecture and sculpture in more than2000 years.
     The Parthenon is a magnificent structure.
     And the famous Greek Parthenon contains many golden rectangles.
     Construction of the Parthenon was championed by Pericles, Athens's most popular elected politician.
     From the surplus the Parthenon and the Propylaea were built, the sculptures of Pheidias paid for, and the festivals celebrated, for which AEschylus, Sophocles, Euripides,and Aristophanes composed their dramas.
     The most famous decorative frieze is on the outer wall of the Parthenon in Athens, a 525-ft (160-m) representation of the ritual procession of the Panathenaic festival.
     The ancient Greek Parthenon is famed for its beautiful sculpture in basrelief.

     Monica:We'll see the Acropolis in Athens soon!
     Susan:Yes. It's a very beautiful place.
     Monica:Can you tell me something about the Acropolis in Athens?
     Susan:Of course.
     Monica:I've heard that carving in Parthenon Temple are very successful.
     Susan:Yes. It was directed by a famous carver Phidias.
     Monica:The wish I want to see Wisdom Goddess Temple becomes stronger and stronger.
     Susan:Don't worry! We'll get there right now.

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