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  • There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee; And to that place the sharp Athenian law Cannot pursue us.
  • THESEUS Go, Philostrate, Stir up the Athenian youth to merriments; Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth; Turn melancholy forth to funerals— The pale companion is not for our pomp.
  • Weeds of Athens he doth wear: This is he, my master said, Despised the Athenian maid; And here the maiden, sleeping sound, On the dank and dirty ground.
  • Take thou some of it, and seek through this grove: A sweet Athenian lady is in love With a disdainful youth: anoint his eyes; But do it when the next thing he espies May be the lady: thou shalt know the man By the Athenian garments he hath on.
  • Take thou some of it, and seek through this grove: A sweet Athenian lady is in love With a disdainful youth: anoint his eyes; But do it when the next thing he espies May be the lady: thou shalt know the man By the Athenian garments he hath on.
  • But hast thou yet latch’d the Athenian’s eyes With the love-juice, as I did bid thee do?
  • PUCK I took him sleeping,—that is finish’d too,— And the Athenian woman by his side; That, when he wak’d, of force she must be ey’d.
  • Did not you tell me I should know the man By the Athenian garments he had on?
  • And so far blameless proves my enterprise That I have ’nointed an Athenian’s eyes: And so far am I glad it so did sort, As this their jangling I esteem a sport.
  • Near to her close and consecrated bower, While she was in her dull and sleeping hour, A crew of patches, rude mechanicals, That work for bread upon Athenian stalls, Were met together to rehearse a play Intended for great Theseus’ nuptial day.
  • BOTTOM Masters, I am to discourse wonders: but ask me not what; for if I tell you, I am not true Athenian.
  • And, gentle Puck, take this transformed scalp From off the head of this Athenian swain, That he awaking when the other do, May all to Athens back again repair, And think no more of this night’s accidents But as the fierce vexation of a dream.
  • LYSANDER My lord, I shall reply amazedly, Half ’sleep, half waking; but as yet, I swear, I cannot truly say how I came here: But, as I think,—for truly would I speak— And now I do bethink me, so it is,— I came with Hermia hither: our intent Was to be gone from Athens, where we might be, Without the peril of the Athenian law.
  • ] PUCK Through the forest have I gone, But Athenian found I none, On whose eyes I might approve This flower’s force in stirring love.
  • ] OBERON Stand close; this is the same Athenian.
  • ] ’The battle with the Centaurs, to be sung By an Athenian eunuch to the harp.’

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  • The Parthenon is the best known temple of ancient Athens.
  • To sum up: I say that Athens is the school of Hellas, and that the individual Athenian in his own person seems to have the power of adapting himself to the most varied forms of action with the utmost versatility and grace.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration

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