Making the most of our legacy

Findings at the Alexander the Great-era tomb that was recently unearthed near ancient Amphipolis in the Macedonia region of northern Greece have intrigued the Greek public and caused a fair share of excitement.

Fed up with the constant barrage of doom and gloom at home as well as internationally, the people are naturally looking for some good news.

However, ongoing discoveries by archaeologists at the tomb also serve as a stark reminder of the country’s huge cultural legacy – a legacy that has to a large extent remained neglected.

To be fair, some positive steps have been made recently to make more of Greece’s ancient treasures by extending visiting hours at museums and archaeological sites across the country. However,we could certainly do with some more imagination and creativity. We must put behind us the reactionary habits and public sector mentality that have rendered Greece a laggard among its European peers.

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