Athens & Attica
Greece was ancient by the time Alexander the Great fought his wars against the Persians in the 4th century BC. Hesiod and Homer were as far in time from Alexander as Dante is from us today. The Romans looked to Greece for the foundations of their culture, and the Emperor Hadrian even grew a beard to bring to mind ancient Greek glories! 'No man so long as he has it in him shall live in obscurity because of poverty' was the Athenian cry from Perikles. Indeed, so many of the freedoms we enjoy today have at their root the political innovations from Athenian Greece: think The French Revolution and The Declaration of Independence. There can be fewer more technically brilliant buildings than the Parthenon and a sunset view of the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion must be one of life’s great sights.