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Olympics showcase Athens' difficult century

Updated: July 15, 2004, 6:14 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- On a map, Athens is unquestionably a European metropolis. Even the name of the continent comes from Greek mythology.

But attitudes, insecurities and history offer a blurrier picture about this ancient city's place in the world -- rooted in the West through political alliances, yet still influenced by its neighbor to the east.

This dual nature will be on full display to the world come August.

Visitors to the Summer Games will be able to gaze ...

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