Ancient Greece

Holiday spirit sweeps the capital

A woman walks past a neon-lit star decorating the Dionysiou Areopagitou promenade for the Christmas season, with the the ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis in the background, in Athens, on Monday. The installations are part of a bigger holiday decoration project implemented in the Greek capital in cooperation with the Athens Digital Arts Festival. [Petros Giannakouris/AP]

Wrapping up Athens visit, Xi says China will support Greece for return of Parthenon Marbles

Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed solidarity with Greece on the issue of the return of the Parthenon Marbles during his visit to the Acropolis Museum on Tuesday morning, which wrapped up his official two-day visit to Athens.

Traffic disrupted in central Athens for Chinese president’s visit

Police shut down central avenues in the Greek capital on Monday morning as a two-day visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping got underway.

The road closures concern Syntagma square, the Presidential Mansion and the area around the Acropolis Hill.

The Syntagma metro station will remain closed and trains will pass through without stopping.

Athena Parthenos | Athens | October 28

Marking the October 28 national holiday, the Acropolis Museum presents a tribute to the statue of Athena Parthenos, made of gold and ivory, and designed by Phidias for the Parthenon. Presentations about the lost statue - from its history and construction to the myths associated with it - will be held by museum archaeologist hosts in Greek at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Piraeus Bank concludes NPE deal with Intrum

Piraeus Bank has concluded a deal with Sweden's Intrum to create a company to service its bad-loan portfolio, it said on Wednesday.
Bad loans are the biggest challenge facing Greek banks, the legacy of a crippling debt crisis which shrank the economy and sent hundreds of thousands into unemployment, constricting the ability to repay debt.

Athens University to offer its first English-language course

Education Minister Niki Kerameus on Wednesday heralded the first English-language undergraduate course by a Greek state university, a four-year Classics program to be offered by Athens University.

The course - a BA in Archaeology, History and Literature of Ancient Greece - will be offered by the university's philosophy faculty, Kerameus said.