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The capital and largest city of Greece, Athens is one of the world's oldest cities and one of the cradles of Western civilization. Until the 6th century, it wasn't much different to other Greek

city-states, but then social unrest led to reforms that eventually ushered in mankind's first democracy. Athens became the dominating power of the Greek world.

The Golden Age of the city lasted from about 510 to 338 BCE. During this period, some of the most influential people of the world's intellectual history laid the foundations of Western culture: the philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle; the historians Herodotus, Thucydides and Xenophon; the physician Hippocrates; the poet Simonides; the sculptor Phidias; and the dramatists Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles and Aristophanes all lived in the city.

This classical period ended when the Macedonian kings Philip II and Alexander the Great subjugated all of Greece - but throughout history, Athens continued to be admired as one of the great cultural centres.