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Monday, January 22, 2018

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More than 4,000 years ago builders carved out the entire surface of a naturally pyramid-shaped promontory on the Greek island of Keros. They shaped it into terraces covered with 1,000 tonnes of specially imported gleaming white stone to give it the appearance of a giant stepped pyramid rising from the Aegean: the most imposing manmade structure in all the Cyclades archipelago.

But beneath the surface of the terraces lay undiscovered feats of engineering and craftsmanship to rival the structure's impressive exterior. Archaeologists from three different countries involved in an ongoing excavation have found evidence of a complex of drainage tunnels - constructed 1,000 years before the famous indoor plumbing of the Minoan palace of Knossos on Crete - and traces of sophisticated metalworking.

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Since the days of Greece and Rome, when the word 'citizen' was a title of honor, we have often seen more emphasis put on the rights of citizenship than on its responsibilities."

HINT: (1925 - 1968) was an American politician and lawyer who served as a United States Senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

Continuously inhabited for over 7,000 years, Athens, the Capital of Greece, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is also the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, political science, Western literature, historiography, major mathematical principles, and Western theories of tragedy and comedy.

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Voting in Greece is mandatory for all Greek citizens, although there are rarely sanctions for citizens that do not vote.

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Currently, Greek men must serve from one year to 18 months in any branch of the armed forces.

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According to Greek mythology, Athena and Poseidon agreed that whoever gave the city the best gift would become guardian over the city. Though Poseidon gave the gift of water, Athena's gift of an olive tree was deemed by the other gods to be more valuable.

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The world's third leading producer of olives, the Greeks have cultivated olive trees since ancient times. Some olive trees planted in the thirteenth century are still producing olives.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Since the days of Greece and Rome, when the word 'citizen' was a title of honor, we have often seen more emphasis put on the rights of citizenship than on its responsibilities."

ANSWER: Robert Kennedy

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