location: Ancient Agora, Athens, Greece

If the title “philhellene” sounds Greek, it is (pronounced [fil-hel-een], meaning a friend or supporter of the Greeks).  And there is no one fits the bill better than the Roman Emperor Hadrian.

Hadrian’s love for Greeks has earned him many tributes that still remain standing today around the city like the Hadrian’s Arch, Hadrian’s Library, etc. But it is this statue of Hadrian himself that caught my eyes.

While strolling through the ancient Agora, I am awed by the historical significance of the place – the birthplace of democracy and cradle of Western civilization. Walking underneath the Acropolis on the path where Socrates and Plato once walked truly humbles me.

What is your favorite Greek culture or food?

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