Nov
11
2011
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What should Greece do about its debt and the Euro?

Over the past eighteen months, Eurocrats have held at least fifteen urgent meetings, and have claimed at least fifteen times that they have taken decisive action to reassure financial markets about Greece and ensure the stability of the Euro currency. It didn’t work, did it? So what should Greece do now? The government of Greece [more...]

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Jul
06
2010
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Which festivals have public food fights?

ivrea-orange-fight-battleEvery year around the world there are bizarre festivals where people celebrate by throwing food. Tomatoes In Buñol, Spain, the festival of La Tomatina is held every summer. A truckload of tomatoes is dispensed, and everyone throws them at each other for an hour. It’s seriously messy, but you can swim in the river afterwards. [more...]

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Apr
18
2009
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What is the temple of Delphi?

The Temple of Apollo, Delphi - courtesy Hyperfinch - CC-BYThe sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the ‘navel of the world’. Charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was the religious center and symbol of unity for the ancient Greek world. The sacred precinct in Delphi was a place, where every four [more...]

Apr
16
2009
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What is the Temple of Olympian Zeus?

Temple of Olympian Zeus - courtesy icelight - CC-BYThe Temple of Olympian Zeus also known as the Olympieion, is a temple that was dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods.  It was finished fairly late in ancient history and is located in the center of Athens. It was in use for less than a century. It was the largest temple in Greece [more...]

Feb
04
2009
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What is Athens’ city profile?

Athens from the Acropolis - courtesy jay galvin - CC-BYAthens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state. A center for the arts, learning and philosophy. The remnants of this Classical Era are still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon. Athens [more...]

Jan
17
2009
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What is the Parthenon?

Parthenon - courtesy zoonabar - CC-BYAthens had reached the height of empire.  While the Delian League continued to exist (a defense league against the Persians) it no longer had real reason.  It was now evident that Athens was no longer just a member but was actually master over the other Greek states. Because the Parthenon was built with League money, [more...]

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