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2:12:39 AM Ben: What part of space is the closest analogue to Athens?
2:12:51 AM Lewis: athens
2:12:57 AM Ben: Other than that.
2:13:05 AM Lewis: crete?
2:13:17 AM Lewis: or, umm, persepolis?
2:13:36 AM Ben: OK, what if we exclude all locations on Earth?
2:13:48 AM Lewis: lunar athens?
2:13:56 AM Ben: No such place.
2:14:02 AM Lewis: oh you want real places?
2:14:10 AM Ben: Yeah, but in space.
2:14:19 AM Lewis: alpha centauri?
2:14:34 AM Ben: How's that like Athens?
2:15:19 AM Lewis: well, you had me rule out all the places that have something like "is/was a cultural center" in common with athens
2:15:38 AM Lewis: so, the bar is pretty low
2:15:51 AM Lewis: i went with "likely to have been heard of by a reasonable proportion of people"

Date: 2010-03-15 07:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] electricpaladin.livejournal.com
Dude. I want to visit Lunar Athens.

Date: 2010-03-15 12:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinyfolk.livejournal.com
this is the best conversation

Date: 2010-03-15 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mmcirvin.livejournal.com
The International Space Station. There are some people there, which bumps it to the top of the "like Athens" list by default.

Date: 2010-03-15 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lerite.livejournal.com
Euporie (a moon of Jupiter): named after virgins. (I think she was a virgin. Surprisingly few celestial bodies are.)
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