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The choice of Athens as the definitive capital of the small modern Greek state echoed the romantic idea that modern Greeks were the direct descendants and natural heirs of ancient Greece.

Athens is an ancient city with a modern 都kin. From the Acropolis, the gaze of the unsuspecting visitor is lost in a white sea of modern structures and a line of hills, while a handful of taller buildings disrupt this seemingly colorless architectural uniformity. This is a stereotypical and rather unfair image of Athens. The second half of the 20th century may have deprived the Greek capital of its neoclassical soul; a whole district, however, at the foot of the Acropolis (renowned Plaka) and a large number of public buildings, private mansions or humbler dwellings bear witness to the organic and inextricable relationship between Athens and neoclassical architecture.

The history of Athenian neoclassicism takes us straight to the years of the rebirth of the ancient city, after centuries of silence and successive cycles of decline and limited, feeble recovery. The choice of Athens as the definitive capital of the small modern Greek state that rose from the flames of the War of Independence in the third decade of the 19th century, had a strongly symbolic character: it echoed the romantic idea that modern Greeks were the direct descendants and natural heirs of ancient Greece.

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