the first cemetery of athens

the first cemetery of athens, opened in 1837, was – in its day – the “luxurious” cemetery for the city. many greek and foreign notables are buried there, including the actress melina mercouri; andreas and george papandreou, father-and-son prime ministers; georgios papadopoulos, the dictator during the junta period; heinrich schliemann, the german archaeologist who excavated the city of troy; and the british author t.h. white. the luxurious graves are, frankly, pretty luxurious. i imagine that ancient delphi looked like this at its height, with the treasuries from each city lined up one next to the other displaying their gifts to…