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4,000 Years in 40 minutes

Saturday, 18 July

Location: Zappeion Megaron, Peristylio

About 4,000 Years in 40 Minutes

Look around you.  This beautiful building you’re stretching and breathing in was built for the first modern Olympics in 1896. Stand on the steps and look across at the tall columns of a Roman temple dedicated to Zeus. Wander down the road and you’ll see an arch built by the colourful Emperor Hadrian. Opposite Alexander the Great rides across the intersection and behind him Lord Byron rests in the arms of Greece. Continue around the corner and you come to the big pink palace of silly King Otto of Bavaria from whom the Greeks demanded but never received, a constitution, the meaning of the word Syntagma. Pop down into the metro and there you’ll find an unexpected museum with a literal slice of the history from a skeleton buried while the Acropolis was being built to the base of an Ottoman cistern holding water just two hundred years ago.

Judi Miles, travel writer and guide is currently the national coordinator of the Art of Living in Greece and has worked for years with students coming here to study classical history and mythology to which she added breathing and meditation. Her entertaining talk will give you the who what when and where of this fascinating city.

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