By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2001The Greeks have a second Battle of Marathon on their hands.
Their adversaries this time are not invading Persians, as in 490 B.C., but environmentalists and archaeologists in growing numbers. They are closing ranks in opposition to plans to build a water sports complex at the historic battleground for use during the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Opposition to the construction has been gaining strength in Greece and the rest of Europe since the plans were announced more than a year ago. After standing back from the controversy at first, American archaeologists are now speaking out against the project as a threat to the site of one of the most decisive battles in antiquity. (continue reading)