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Olympic Ceremonies Adopt Mythic Tone

Greece's long history -- and mythology -- were on display at the Olympic opening ceremonies in Athens Friday. Athletes from a record 202 countries are taking part in the games. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports.

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Sylvia Poggioli is senior European correspondent for NPR's International Desk covering political, economic, and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe, and the Balkans. Poggioli's on-air reporting and analysis have encompassed the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the turbulent civil war in the former Yugoslavia, and how immigration has transformed European societies.