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Ken Jennings Posted by Ken Jennings.

Ken Jennings, Ph.D. is a senior partner at VentureWorks and a managing partner at Third River Partners, a consultancy that specializes in leadership development and strategy execution.


(W)hy not? I was in Athens in November for the first international Quiz Olympiad.

(W)hy not?

I was in Athens in November for the first international Quiz Olympiad. The hotel that hosted the event was just a short walk away from the marble Panathenaic Stadium, built in 330 BC, which has hosted events for the modern Olympic Games twice.

A monument out front lists the host cities of every subsequent summer games, but it’s written in Greek script. So the first entry carved into the stone is not “ATHENS” but “AΘHNAI.”

But there was one and only one Olympic city on the list whose Greek spelling looked identical to its English one. Which city was it?

Edit: If you’re looking for the answer, Neel Mehta‘s guess was correct.