Timing is everything, just not in Athens

Updated: August 22, 2004, 10:00 PM ET
By Brian Church | Special to ESPN Insider
ATHENS, Greece – -- Want to see my will?

"And to my Athenian friends I leave my clock."

In the course of time, many good or great people have visited this ancient capital. Roman Emperor Hadrian left a monument. His name is just about visible today, almost two millennia later, on the central Athens Hadrian's Arch, completed in 131 AD at about 2:30 in the afternoon.

And me? I left a huge clock. Well I haven't left Athens yet, but when I do my legacy will be the huge German wall clock in Syntagma. It's the only obvious clock in the capital's main square.

I'll explain, but first note that Athens lacks public timepieces. No clocks are on clear public display in Omonia -- the city's other big square -- or outside Parliament or City Hall.