Famous people from Athens


Born as a Danish prince in Copenhagen, George I served in the Royal Danish Navy until, at age 17, he was elected King of Greece (1863 –1913). He was the second son of King Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel and was originally known as Prince Vilhelm (Prince William). On March 18, 1863, following the deposition of King Otto, George was elected by the Greek National Assembly as a new monarch. Young George I of the Hellenes quickly learned Greek,
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Billions of people are finally beginning to learn what Greeks already know – that we are a modern, dynamic, efficient nation, ready for any challenge, and able to play a larger role in our region and in the world.

This Greek politician and businesswoman has gained international recognition as the president of the committee for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. According to 'Forbes' magazine, she is among the 50 Most Powerful Women in the World.
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In many ways Athens is like an ugly woman but like so many ugly women she has lots of charm.

Born in Athens, Melina Mercouri became famous as a singer and actress. Her career as a film star was launched with her role in the 1955 film ‘Stella’, and she later appeared in ‘Never on Sunday’ (1960), ‘Phadra’ (1962), ‘Topkapi’ (1964) and ‘Summer’ (1966), to name just a few. In 1971, she wrote her autobiography,
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This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.

Plato was one of the most famous Athenian philosophers and a pupil of Socrates; it is only through Plato’s writings that we know the thoughts and ideas of Socrates. He remains famous as an author of numerous dialogues and for his analogy of ‘the cave’. Most likely born to a family of Athenian nobles, he served in the army and fought in the Peloponnesian War against Sparta.
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O my friend why do you who are a citizen of the great and mighty and wise city of Athens, care so much about laying up the greatest amount of money and honour and reputation, and so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul, which you never regard or heed at all?

Among the three major Athenian thinkers, Socrates was the first, being followed by Plato and Aristotle. Socrates would discuss philosophical questions with anyone who was willing.
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