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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
  • It could have been a modest abode in almost any age—ancient Athens, medieval France, the farmlands of Iowa.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • According to Annabeth, the hill they stood on had once been Sparta’s acropolis—its highest point and main fortress—but it was nothing like the massive Athenian acropolis Piper had seen in her dreams.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus

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  • You helped the Athenian kill my Minotaur, Daedalus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee; And to that place the sharp Athenian law Cannot pursue us.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Theseus took her aboard with him from Krete for the terraced land of ancient Athens; but he had no joy of her.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • He was young — perhaps from twenty-eight to thirty — tall, slender; his face riveted the eye; it was like a Greek face, very pure in outline: quite a straight, classic nose; quite an Athenian mouth and chin.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Come, good Athenian.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Herodotus, in the Persian War, tells a story of how Croesus, the richest and most-favored king of his time, asked Solon the Athenian a leading question.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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  • But before we meet Socrates, let us hear a little about the so-called Sophists, who dominated the Athenian scene at the time of Socrates.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • We are liege subjects of the catholic chivalry of Europe that foundered at Trafalgar and of the empire of the spirit, not an imperium, that went under with the Athenian fleets at Aegospotami.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • She is Athenian in the matter of beauty, and Roman in her greatness.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • You see, Sophocles is writing this not only at the end of his life but at the end of the fifth century B.c., which is to say at the end of the period of Athenian greatness.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • And yet a man cannot say, the Soveraign People of Athens wanted right to banish them; or an Athenian the Libertie to Jest, or to be Just.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • I recognise, moreover, that our ineffable and Athenian—oh, how infinitely Athenian—Republic is capable of honouring, in the person of that obscurantist old she-Capet, the first of our chiefs of police.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • But he seems to have offered, instead, the substitute of the Athenian youths and maidens.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • I confess to you that she acts on my nerves and that I feel about her a good deal as that intensely human Athenian felt about Aristides the Just.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Why should these words, Athenian, Roman, Asia, and England, so tingle in the ear?
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • I am Gaspar, son of Cleanthes the Athenian.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Then every Athenian improves and elevates them; all with the exception of myself; and I alone am their corrupter?
    Plato  --  The Apology
  • No one stuck up their hands and there was no voting, but she thought, I wonder if it was like this in ancient Athens?
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • Striking at the heart of Athenian democracy, he contemptuously criticized the right of every citizen to speak in the Athenian assembly.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • I confess to you that she acts on my nerves and that I feel about her a good deal as that intensely human Athenian felt about Aristides the Just.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • He ushered the NYPD into what one senior police official later called "our Athenian period," in which new ideas were given weight over calcified practices.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • In ancient Athens such young men led armies, their swords up front, not behind, if only to prove to the troops that they would sacrifice with the lowliest of them, for the lowliest were under their commands, the commands of the finest.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Not only does the Bible advocate stoning girls to death when they fail to bleed on their wedding sheets, but Solon, the great lawgiver of ancient Athens, prescribed that no Athenian could be sold into slavery save a woman who lost her virginity before marriage.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • I scrutinized the formation of the chin—and here, too, I found the gentleness of breadth, the softness and the majesty, the fullness and the spirituality, of the Greek—the contour which the god Apollo revealed but in a dream, to Cleomenes, the son of the Athenian.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  Ligeia
  • Behrens had no choice but to expel all three—the Athenian, Fraulein Nolting, and her girlfriend, who in her passionate rage had paid little attention to her own honor—and had just been discussing the whole unsavory affair with his assistant, who, by the way, had been treating both girls privately.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Women have had less intellectual freedom than the sons of Athenian slaves.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Even if every Athenian citizen had been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • They were the work of Athenian stone masons of the fourth and fifth centuries before Christ, and they were very simple, work of no great talent but with the exquisite spirit of Athens upon them; time had mellowed the marble to the colour of honey, so that unconsciously one thought of the bees of Hymettus, and softened their outlines.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • …to the question of gambling, no circumstances which force us to tolerate it lest its suppression lead to worse things, no consensus of opinion among responsible classes, such as magistrates and military commanders, that it is a necessity, no Athenian records of gambling made splendid by the talents of its professors, no contention that instead of violating morals it only violates a legal institution which is in many respects oppressive and unnatural, no possible plea that the instinct…
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • "At Seattle’s Town Hall, which sits atop the city’s First Hill neighborhood like an Athenian temple, Mortenson arrived fifteen minutes late, wearing a shalwar kamiz.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • "This morning Liza came to see me—they’re not afraid to call on me, in spite of the Countess Lidia Ivanovna," she put in—"and she told me about your Athenian evening.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The only coin she had was her silver Athenian drachma, which didn’t make a great tribute.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • My medium-length hair was dark and curly—a style I had rocked in Athenian times, and again in the 1970s.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Striking at the heart of Athenian democracy, he contemptuously criticized the right of every citizen to speak in the Athenian assembly.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • Here an Athenian, there a red-haired savage from Hibernia, yonder blue-eyed giants of the Cimbri.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • An Athenian is said to have asked the oracle at Delphi who the wisest man in Athens was.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Socrates at the time of Clouds must have been perceived more as a harmless town character than as a serious threat to Athenian values and democracy.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • It was here that the Athenian high court of justice passed judgment in murder trials.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • 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.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Alcibiades, perhaps Socrates’ favorite Athenian politician, masterminded the first overthrow.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • On the contrary, the three great Athenian philosophers were a source of inspiration to a number of philosophic trends which I shall briefly describe in a moment.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • 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.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos, fell in love with the handsome Theseus the moment she saw him disembark from the boat that had brought the pitiful group of Athenian youths and maidens for the Minotaur.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Can you imagine it, Sophie? A Jew suddenly appears in the Athenian marketplace and starts talking about a savior who was hung on a cross and later rose from the grave.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The oligarchy confiscated the estates of Athenian aristocrats, banished 5,000 women, children, and slaves, and summarily executed about 1,500 of Athen’s most prominent democrats.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
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