In MUN terms, this city is the result of a long- lasting cabinet crisis: The salty Poseidon, and the wise Athena (or Minerva in Latin) fought hard over Athens. It is impressive that Athena won, by offering the most useful gift, namely the seed of peace and prosperity! This is the reason that Athens was one of the main cities of cultural light for a long time!However, from the Neolithic period to memoranda of co-operation days, Athens has witnessed a few interesting events, let's take a look!
1) The name: acro=last point of something, polis=city, this is what their combination stands for. It has to be noted that over the centuries its strategic location, was used for military reasons as well.
2) Athena became the God Protector of the city, around 1400 BC. Until the 8th century, a dark period occurs marked by the presence of a modern Game of Thrones Joffrey: King Theseus, who is still believed to be semi-existent and semi-mythical, negatively affected the city. Like GOT's Joffrey, his skills were non- existent either.
3) Moving on to a trivia particularly interesting for those involved in legal committees-It is in the 8th century BC, when Solon, an Athenian poet and law maker, abolished injustice to the less fortunate by declaring all Athenians (besides slaves) equal by law and abolishing any inherited title and privilege!
4) The same period,The Oracle of Delphi (equal to Gadalf), named Acropolis as the “House of Gods”. Inevitably the residents of the surrounding city were benefited by this title. After the Persian Wars (490-479 BC or see film “300”), Athens developed as the leading Greek state. That time, under the ruling of Pericles, democracy was established. Every citizen could exercise the right to speak in public meetings and vote on public affairs matters. Political gatherings with strong orators were held at the Ancient Agora and many public buildings were constructed and funded by taxation on the most wealthy citizens.
5) One of the highlights of the "Golden era of Pericles" , (which was terminated with the Peloponnesian War,431-404 BC) was the creation of a particularly beneficient to MUNers art, the one of theatre! In fact it was so important, that the State was paying the tickets to the less-privileged people, to make sure that every Athenian would be benefited by its educational - and not strictly religious -character.
6) After the Peloponnesian War, Athens had lost a lot of its power (imagine when you try to control your block but, you are out of arguments and tricks) but remained a rather important city. This is why the Romans, respected its arts leading to the creation of the Pax Romana doctrine,which lasted until the 3rd Century AD when the Goths invaded and christianity emerged in a severely attached to 12 Gods/protectors city.
7) As every MUNer who has died on various occasions during a joint crisis simulation, Athens was invaded, between 1200 and 1459 AD, by many western tribes: Franks, Catalans, Florentines, Venetians and finally by the Ottomans who ruled for over 400 years. Tracks of their presence in the city can still be found, mainly in the ruins of the metro lines where exhibits are open to public.
8) After the Greek Independence of 1821, the city of Athens was ruled by King,Otto of Danish origin who brought his taste on architecture, arts and created a series of Neoclassical buildings in the town centre with most of them remaining examples of architecture! One of them, his palace later became the House of the Greek Parliament.Its surrounding square though has a lot of interest as well, since its name was acquired after a revolution!Syntagmatos Square (Syntagma=constitution)was named after the revolution of 1862. The Athenians, over the centuries never lost their passion to claim rights-a lot of ongoing protests take place there.
Without a doubt this city has been constantly transforming under a series of influence.The fact that every multicultural element manages to find a place in Athens, is what makes a visit to this city an amazing experience-walking around history-which some of it is still not discovered!
1st pic-A night view of Acropolis
2nd pic-Greek Parliament/Syntagmatos Square.
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