Education: The Athenian

At the center of the stage of the ancient theater of Herodes Atticus at the foot of the Acropolis, a frail old lady stood one night last week nodding to the applause of cabinet ministers, diplomats and Athenian intellectuals. The mayor of Athens had just proclaimed Miss Edith Hamilton of Washington, D.C. an honorary citizen, and for an instant it seemed as if she might break down. Instead, Edith Hamilton, just four days short of 90, walked up to a microphone and in a firm voice declared: "I am an Athenian citizen! I am an Athenian citizen! This is the proudest...

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