Saturday 3 December 2016

Athens is where it all began - and where it might be about to end

Published 29/06/2015 | 02:30

'The Greeks have the choice now. The future is in their own hands. Yes or no to the last deal.
There will be a democratic vote in the cradle of democracy'
'The Greeks have the choice now. The future is in their own hands. Yes or no to the last deal. There will be a democratic vote in the cradle of democracy'

I was in Greece only the once. It was back when I could still remember school lessons. The holidays started off in Athens and being a noted Ancient Greek scholar I did the Acropolis and a wonder it was. There I was in the place where drama and democracy began. I was walking on holy ground.

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I have this image in my head of a thirsty hummingbird flying in the one spot by a thousand-year-old spouting water fountain. The scene was timeless and yet there were those who told us the study of Ancient Greek and Ancient Greeks would be of no use to us. Well ye couldn't be more wrong. And the removal of History from the list of compulsory subjects is an act of gross negligence.

Not only have we exposed our children to the subjective and the manipulative interpretations of history, but the past always repeats itself. And so it is the great civilizations come and go. The might and splendour of the Acropolis must have seemed invincible back in the summer sun of the ancient world .

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