Exploring Athens: The History, Culture And What to Do

There are countless civilisations that have greatly impacted our current world, from the Ancient Sumerians who are credited with creating the written word to the foundation of medicine granted by Ancient Egypt.

Exploring Athens
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But Ancient Greece, and more specifically Athens, is touted as the cradle of Western civilisation. If you want to learn more about this epic travel destination, make sure to keep on reading.

The Influence of Ancient Athens on Modern Civilization

Most of us have learned how this ancient society developed the precursor to modern democracy, but there is so much more to it which is the hold it has on so many. In fact, people are so enamoured by Ancient Greece that it has even affected industries you’d think would have nothing to do with, such as online casinos.

For instance, if you take one look at a list of great slots online, you’ll quickly see titles like Alexander The Great: World Conquerer or 300 Shields. It’s hard not to see why the motifs are so popular, being transported to a powerful civilisation in the form of slots is certainly nothing short of epic. The theme continues to be explored, with new releases constantly being churned out like Titan Strike, a nice shoutout to their mythology.

But apart from impacting the way we handle politics and play our games, there are plenty of other instances. The most common is philosophy, which comes from the Greek philos and sophia, which means love and wisdom respectively. From male philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle to unfortunately less-known female philosophers like Aspasia and Hypatia, without these figures, the world would be incredibly different.

We also have to discuss the architecture, so imposing and beautiful that even modern buildings like Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. are still inspired by them. But in our personal opinion, one of the most profound impacts is from Ancient Greek literature. To this day epic works like Odyssey and Homer’s Iliad are studied across the world. Honestly, when it comes to Western civilisation – Ancient Greece was the intellectual powerhouse that shaped it.

Athens as a Tourist Destination

Every year, millions and millions of people flock to Athens, and who can blame them? The vibrant city has everything you might want. Honestly, if you have a list of what you’re looking for, we almost dare you to find something you can’t do here.

If you want to explore ruins and get as close as possible to time travel, you need to check out the famous Parthenon. If you’re looking for something more unique, then you have to visit the mysterious Erechtheion, which scholars still haven’t confirmed the purpose of the temple.

If you’re less into history and more into nature, you might be surprised to hear that this city is perfect for a good hike. And if you’re willing to take a bit of a commute, there’s even more nature to explore just outside of the city.

After all that walking about, you’ll probably be quite hungry, so let’s talk about the food, which is as Mediterranean as it can get. From souvlaki to moussaka, you’ll be leaving the city fully satisfied. And if you’re vegetarian, you don’t have to worry as there are countless dishes that will leave you asking for seconds, from Yemista, which can also be made vegan, to Briam which is typically paired with feta, the iconic Greek cheese.

Athens
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We are certain that a nation this impressive will only come out of this stronger. Between its beauty as a touristic destination to all the gifts it has provided us, history has shown time and time again that it’s a force to be reckoned with. So if you’re a history buff, weirdly into Greek mythology, or simply a lover of the finer things in life, make sure to add Athens to your travel bucket list.

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