Athens Historic Sites are a journey to the "Golden Age of Greece" and the "Age of Pericles" during the 5th century BC.
Athens Historic Sites upon and around the Acropolis are the remains of twenty one of the most famous architectural phenomena of Greek Antiquity which include the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaia and the temple of Athena Nike.
The legacy of the "Golden Age of Greece" can be explored through its rich heritage where many of classical civilization’s intellectual and artistic ideas originated and have become foundations of western thought and culture.
Pericles was a prominent and influential Greek statesman, orator and general of Athens during the Golden Age of Greece.
Athens blossomed during the "Age of Pericles".
Thucydides, a contemporary Greek historian and admirer acclaimed him as "the first citizen of Athens".
Pericles made the Delian League into an Athenian empire and Athens as a center of education, art, culture, and democracy.
During the "Age of Pericles" Athens was transformed by leading architects such as Iktinos, Kallikrates, Mnesicles and Pheidias the sculptor into the most beautiful city in the world with grand public buildings and temples decorated with paintings and sculpture.
During the Golden Age, Greek theater produced some of its greatest tragedies and comedies as well as music and poetry festivals were being produced in the Theater of Dionysus.
The Agora was a thriving market place filled with local and imported goods from all over the Mediterranean and where people came to meet or to engage in political debate.
Historians credit the Ancient Greeks for the birth of a rich, mult-faceted culture with many firsts and, whose influence on western civilization has been admired and emulated throughout the centuries in the western world.
Literature, art, architecture, philosophy, medicine, law, mathematics and democracy all had their western birth in Ancient Greece.
Following the Golden Age of Greece marked the unification of the Greek world during the Hellenistic Age (4th to 1st century BC) with the conquests of Alexander the Great where Greek culture flourished throughout the Mediterranean and Greek became the international language.
The Acropolis today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is the most famous landmark in Athens and one of the most recognizable historic sites in the world.
The Parthenon on the Acropolis is the epitome of Greek architectural design that has been emulated the world over in modern structures.
It remains an enduring symbol of the grandeur and the power of Athens at its greatest during the 5th century BC.
These are just some of the many treasures of Greek Antiquity and of an ancient Greek civilization that valued wisdom, liberty and a democratic system on which western civilization was built.
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