Press awards Athens 'gold'
The Greek press is in raptures after the opening ceremony for the Athens Olympics.
Many papers splash the event right across their front page, crowning their photos with a single, simple headline.
But for a few, the doping controversy which has engulfed the country's two brightest sprinting stars is proving hard to shake off.
For the leftist Eleftherotypia, the ceremony was "a hymn to beauty and the variety of human existence".
What Greece gave the world on Friday, it says, was "magic moments, dream-like moments and unique images".
And so "the first gold medal of the Games", it insists, must go to the ceremony's artistic director, Dhimitris Papaioannou.
The independent daily I Kathimerini says it was "all wonderful".
"The opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium was a super-spectacle of high aesthetics," according to the paper.
For the centre-left Ta Nea too, the event was an unquestionable success.
"We entranced, we taught , we stirred emotions. WE DID IT!" the paper says. "The flaming circles entranced them all!"
But Rizospastis, journal of the Greek Communist Party, found the whole affair rather too patrician in tone.
"The ceremony echoed the view the ruling class takes of Greek history," it complains.
As a result, it adds, the role ordinary Greeks played in shaping their nation was ignored.
For other papers, politics entered the proceedings as the national teams paraded through the stadium.
"The Americans passed unnoticed," points out Eleftherotypia. But there were "cheers for the children of wars", as the Iraqi and Palestinian teams were given a warm reception.
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