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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
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.
Currently, Greek men must serve from one year to 18 months in any branch of the armed forces.
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.
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.