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    Re: Owls to Athens
    From: George Bourozikas
    Date: 2001 Jul 10, 8:32 AM

    At 05:45 PM 7/9/01 -0700, you wrote:
    >Herbert Prinz wrote:
    [...]
    >>> explanation would amount to carrying owls to Athens.
    >
    >A classical allusion that eludes me... owls to Athens?
    >
    >Can you refresh my mind?
    >
    >Dan
    
    Having grown up in Athens, I think I could clarify:
    
    The owl, bird of wisdom, is one of the symbols of the goddess Athena, for whom 
    Athens was named after she won the contest with Poseidon.  As a result, the 
    bird itself was revered (conveniently owls are also great mouse-catchers and 
    they love to nest in barns :-) and representations of owls abounded.  
    Bringing owls to Athens is like, say, bringing coal to Newcastle.
    
    Both expressions apply to classical Athens and pre-depression Newcastle.  
    Nowdays the best place to see an owl in Athens is the Archaeological 
    Museum...
    
    --george
    

       
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