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Democracy Never Gets Old: U.S. Ambassador's @GeoffPyatt symbolic visit in #Athenian Stoa before #USElections2016

Posted by moodhacker on November 8, 2016 at 7:00 AM

U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt received a tour of the Ancient Agora site and was briefed on the role of the ancient Athenian Agora, the center of the ancient city, where citizens would assemble to cast their ballots for elections on many issues.

"It is inspiring to be standing at one of the original ballot boxes where the world’s earliest votes were cast.”

"As we exercise our right and privilege as American citizens to vote, we remember that participating in an election is a tremendous opportunity that should not be taken for granted,” he said and continued, “although it might seem like a simple process – dropping a bronze ballot or a piece of paper in a box – it is critically important.

It is inspiring to be standing at one of the original ballot boxes where the world’s earliest votes were cast.”

Ambassador Pyatt wrote on his personal twitter account 

" Inspiring to stand at the site in the ancient Agora where Athenians cast their election ballots. Democracy never gets old.

U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, noted the importance of voting in a democratic society and Greece’s resilience through the centuries during his visit at the Athenian Stoa in the center of Ancient Athens,  ahead of the November 8 Presidential elections in the United State.

The Ambassaor Ambassador Pyatt received a tour of the Ancient Agora site by Dr. Kevin Daly of the American School of Classical Studies, Athens (ASCSA).

U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey R. Pyatt visited the Athenian Stoa in the center of Ancient Athens, the “birthplace of democracy.”

His visit underscored the importance of Greece’s contributions to our democratic ideals.


The Ambassador saw what archeologists believe to be an original ballot box dating from the fourth to fifth century BC, as well as bronze ballots found at that site that ancient Athenians used to cast their votes. Reflecting on the site and its connection to the U.S. election, Ambassador Pyatt noted, “Democracy never gets old.”


The Ambassador further remarked, “We all know Ancient Greece gave life to the democratic ideals and values which continue to influence the way we live today.

"But it is incredible to visit the actual site of the first expressions of democracy. Because of the idea of democracy bestowed by the ancient Greeks, citizens around the world, including in America, can now exercise their right and privilege to vote.”


Ambassador Pyatt highlighted that, like in Ancient Athens, voting is the opportunity for citizens in all democracies to shape their countries’ futures and lead us all toward a better world. “That does not mean democracies are without flaws,” he said. “But it does mean that the cure for what ails our democracies is greater engagement by our citizens – not less.”


“Democratic values are the bedrock of the U.S. relationship with Greece.” Ambassador Pyatt emphasized, continuing, “The experience of Greece over the last few years has a lesson for all of us. Greece has faced enormous challenges, but the democratic institutions of this country have functioned without interruption. And that’s something that’s worth remembering. To me, this shows both the remarkable resilience of the Greek people, but it also demonstrates the enduring power of democracy.”

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