"It is interesting to observe that Attica...was remarkably free from political disunity...
"When people were driven out from other parts of Greece by war or by disturbances, the most powerful of them took refuge in Athens, as being a stable society; then they became citizens, and soon made the city even more populous than it had been..."
The walls speak of hunger strikes.
A spray-painted declaration of hate of The System,
frustration, fear, fascism;
a man laments lost love.
They stand outside their shops and beckon,
push flowers into your hand and demand that you pay;
they are willing to make concession.
Look up at the ruins of glory.
Marvel at the ancient majesty
as the man on the street tells you about
their sixth year of recession.