Classical revival caption competition

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Kudos to anyone who can tell us what is going on in this picture.

Hint: it is topical this week in Athens, and we will be posting more on this subject soon.

Answer: Luc-Olivier Merson‘s painting depicting Pheidippides giving word of victory at the Battle of Marathon to the people of Athens. The 2015 Athens Marathon – The Authentic is being run this Sunday 8th November, and one of our contributors will be taking part. Read his personal account of last year’s race here.

Nul points for anyone who suggested that the picture was posted in reference to EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici’s visit to Athens. Do you think we would ever be so tacky?!

But full points to the commenter who came up with the following imaginative suggestion: “I beseech you – find “isodynama” for the 23% VAT on gladiator schools.”

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