The City: Athens

By Vlavianos, Haris | Newsweek International, November 28, 2011 | Go to article overview

The City: Athens


Vlavianos, Haris, Newsweek International


Byline: Haris Vlavianos

Haris Vlavianos portrays an 'unquiet' people in a time of crisis.

Athens is a city with a famous past but unfortunately an infamous present. As the capital of Greece, she still enjoys the prestige that the Parthenon and other "glorious ruins"--Greek and Roman--bestow on her, but as the seat of the discredited Greek government, she has in the past few months been at the center of a storm. TV channels around the world have been showing, almost on a daily basis, pictures of a city under siege. For most Europeans and Americans, Athens is no longer the sunny place that hosted the Olympic Games a few years back, but the "center of corruption" where shrewd and ruthless politicians, like a group of mafiosi in a Scorsese movie, engage in reckless, irresponsible acts that threaten the stability of the euro, and by extension the entire European economic structure. A city where every day there are demonstrations, strikes, clashes with the police, burnings of public buildings, beatings of innocent civilians--in short, chaos.

The scars of this wounded city are evident everywhere. In all parts, whether rich or poor. If a tourist takes a stroll around the popular, chic neighborhood of Kolonaki, famous for its expensive boutiques and exclusive clubs and restaurants, within a stone's throw from the Maximou--the office of the prime minister--and Constitution Square (the meeting place of the enraged citizens who for months now have been protesting outside Parliament, demanding a change of government and of the country's austere economic policies), he will experience a slight shock. Empty offices, apartments, department stores, and clubs carrying the sign "for rent" on the front entrance, its owners and business managers the first victims of Greece's sudden impoverishment (some would say of its "fake" prosperity); beggars and junkies clustering on street corners asking for money to buy their dosage or a piece of bread; broken windowpanes and marble sidewalks, a reminder of the riots that broke out three years ago, sparked by the killing of a young student, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, by an "overzealous," mindless policeman; and finally no public figure sitting among those who are still enjoying their espresso under the clear skies of Attica. Politicians these days are a very rare breed and are not to be seen anywhere. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

The City: Athens
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.