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Athenaion Politeia

"As soon as he was at the head of affairs, Solon liberated the people once and for all, by prohibiting all loans on the security of the debtor's person: and in addition he made laws by which he cancelled all debts, public and private. This measure is commonly called the Seisachtheia [= removal of burdens], since thereby the people had their loads removed from them."

 

The Athenian Constitution (or Athenaion Politeia), by Aristotle (written 350 B.C.), Part 6.

Translated by Sir Frederic G. Kenyon.

 

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You must be wondering what an ancient text has to do with a cafe scene.

Well first of all, the cafe is in Athens in one of the most beautiful areas of the city, and secondly it's named after the ancient text (Athenaion Politeia).

Also I think the part of the text I chose matches really well with the current worldwide events!! Loans anyone?? ;)

 

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Taken on July 2, 2008