National Geographic : 1928 Dec
SEEING 3,000 YEARS OF HISTORY IN FOUR HOURS 739 Courtesy of Chief of Naval Staff, Athens, Greece THEMISTOCLES WAS FATHER TO THE PORT OF ATHENS Piraeus was built when the great admiral aroused the naval consciousness of the Athenian people, five centuries before the Christian era. After the rout of the Persians at Salamis, where the Athenians avenged the death of the heroic Spartans under Leonidas at Thermopylae, the project of building a safe harbor was pushed to a conclusion, and from that time to the present day Piraeus has transacted most of the commercial business of Athens. mainland at our left is really the island of Salamis. From Marathon to Salamis, a ten-year struggle for the Persians, and we have made it in the sweep of an eye! A brightly tinted new town, its land scape gardening reduced to the propor tions of a painting, grows under us as we descend. Our shadow, which took the lead at the turn, is racing along the black trail of a motor road. Little Lykabettos spears up to the right, and the Acropolis begins to assume a fraction of its wonted dignity, as the very heart and center of Greek life. There is a bus terminus, and down we come, flashing past new villas and deserted pleasure piers. One final glance at that historic plain between Parnes and Hymet tos and down we splash, like a duck, in Phaleron Bay, to the east of Piraeus. Notice of change of address of your NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE should be received in the office of the National Geographic Society by the first of the month to affect the following month's issue. For instance, if you desire the address changed for your February number, the Society should be notified of your new address not later than Januaryfirst.