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Democracy, however faltering its first steps, began in this city, and education and the arts flourished in its environment. Even at the height of the Roman Empire, the Western world’s government may have been Roman but its dominant cultural influence was Greek. Latin never spread abroad as a universal language, but Greek did, in its Koine (common) form. E. this Attic dialect of Plato and the Athenian orators was already in use in countries around the Mediterranean. The monuments of Athens and the treasures of its National Museum still amaze and delight millions of visitors from every nation who come to see this historic cradle of Western culture.

One of the rooms, in the northeast corner, served as a room for bathing and had marble washbasins. The area around the palaestra contained various statues and inscriptions. The ephebic law inscription was found on a large stele between the north propylon and the palaestra. , described the rules of behavior for the ephebes of the city. The term ephebes refers to males between the ages of eighteen and twenty who were training to become full citizens. North of the propylon on the north side was a stoa, which served as a covered running track (called a xystos) for use by the runners during bad weather.

It was finally completed in 1995. ). The collection also contains several beautiful pieces of jewelry and gold crowns found in various graves, a silver mirror, clay figurines, pottery, weapons, coins, stelae, and architectural fragments. E. Underneath one of the ancient buildings is a tomb, likely of an important person in the city. The silver ossuary and gold crown from this tomb are displayed in the museum. E. defending the city from capture by the Athenians. From the museum, signs point toward the main archaeological site, which is on the acropolis of the city.

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