National Geographic : 1941 Jan
Photograph by B.Anthony Stewart Aegean Island Ships Berth at Piraeus, Reborn Port of Athens Greek maritime life centers in this harbor, improved by Themistocles and once joined to inland. Athens by double walls. Four hundred years before Christ, democracy (rule by the demos, or people) here developed among sailors and stevedores, industrial workers and tradesmen. From 86B.C., when itwas destroyed by the Romans, until 1834 when Athens became the capital of new Greece, this port was neglected.