Empires Of Stone

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Empires Of Stone
Acropolis
The History Channel  |  July 27, 2010

Legend has it that Euripides predicted that when people looked at the ruins of the Acropolis, they would imagine Athens was five times more important that it actually was. Upon its elevated platform, the Acropolis boasts four of the greatest ever masterpieces of classical architecture, all built within 40 years. Even today, it is hard to over-estimate their beauty and influence. They are potent symbols of a golden era which produced just about everything we associate with the ancient Greeks - an era of wealth, energy and creativity which produced the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes, the thinking of Socrates, and the Acropolis itself - an icon of progressive civilisation.

Legend has it that Euripides predicted that when people looked at the ruins of the Acropolis, they would imagine Athens was five times more important that it actually was. Upon its elevated platform, the Acropolis boasts four of the greatest ever masterpieces of classical architecture, all built within 40 years. Even today, it is hard to over-estimate their beauty and influence. They are potent symbols of a golden era which produced just about everything we associate with the ancient Greeks - an era of wealth, energy and creativity which produced the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes, the thinking of Socrates, and the Acropolis itself - an icon of progressive civilisation.

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