Art: Athens, 1944

The Acropolis was unharmed.* So said delayed dispatches from Athens, after the Greek capital fell bloodlessly to the British last fortnight (TIME, Oct. 16).

* That is, by World War II. In 480 B.C. the Persians partially destroyed the Acropolis; in 86 B.C. Romans under Sulla plundered it; in the 17th Century, Acropolis temples were damaged by both Turks and Venetians. In 1801-1816, Lord Elgin carted off a large part of the Parthenon's remaining sculptures, sold them to the British Government for London's British Museum.


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