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Association Football
ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL, more commonly known as FOOTBALL or SOCCER, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball . It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal. Players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers (and then only when within their penalty area ). Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, but may also use their head or torso. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or a penalty shootout depending on the format of the competition
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Athenaeus
ATHENAEUS OF NAUCRATIS (/ˌæθəˈniːəs/ ; Ancient Greek : Ἀθήναιος Nαυκρατίτης or Nαυκράτιος, Athēnaios Naukratitēs or Naukratios; Latin : Athenaeus
Athenaeus
Naucratita) was a Greek rhetorician and grammarian, flourishing about the end of the 2nd and beginning of the 3rd century AD. The Suda
Suda
says only that he lived in the times of Marcus Aurelius , but the contempt with which he speaks of Commodus , who died in 192, shows that he survived that emperor. He was a contemporary of Adrantus . Several of his publications are lost, but the fifteen-volume Deipnosophistae mostly survives
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Stone Carving
STONE CARVING is an activity where pieces of rough natural stone are shaped by the controlled removal of stone. Owing to the permanence of the material, stone work has survived which was created during our prehistory . Work carried out by paleolithic societies to create flint tools is more often referred to as knapping . Stone carving
Stone carving
that is done to produce lettering is more often referred to as lettering . The process of removing stone from the earth is called mining or quarrying . Stone carving
Stone carving
is one of the processes which may be used by an artist when creating a sculpture . The term also refers to the activity of masons in dressing stone blocks for use in architecture , building or civil engineering . It is also a phrase used by archaeologists , historians , and anthropologists to describe the activity involved in making some types of petroglyphs
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1984 Summer Paralympics
The 1984 INTERNATIONAL GAMES FOR THE DISABLED, canonically the 1984 SUMMER PARALYMPICS were the seventh Paralympic Games to be held. They were in fact two separate competitions - one in Stoke Mandeville , United Kingdom
United Kingdom
for wheelchair athletes with spinal cord injuries and the other at the Mitchel Athletic Complex and Hofstra University in Long Island, New York
Long Island, New York
, United States
United States
of America for wheelchair and ambulatory athletes with cerebral palsy, amputees, and les autres (conditions as well as blind and visually impaired athletes). Stoke Mandeville had been the location of the Stoke Mandeville Games from 1948 onwards, seen as the precursors to the Paralympic Games
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Paralympic Games
The PARALYMPIC GAMES is a major international multi-sport event involving athletes with a range of disabilities , including impaired muscle power (e.g. paraplegia and quadriplegia , muscular dystrophy , post-polio syndrome , spina bifida ), impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency (e.g. amputation or dysmelia ), leg length difference, short stature , hypertonia , ataxia , athetosis , vision impairment and intellectual impairment . There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games
Paralympic Games
, which since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, are held almost immediately following the respective Olympic Games . All Paralympic Games
Paralympic Games
are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The Paralympics has grown from a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948 to become one of the largest international sporting events by the early 21st century
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2004 Summer Paralympics
The 2004 SUMMER PARALYMPICS (Greek : Θερινοί Παραολυμπιακοί Αγώνες 2004), the twelfth Summer Paralympic Games , were a major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities governed by the International Paralympic Committee , held in Athens
Athens
, Greece
Greece
from 17 September to 28 September 2004. 3,806 athletes from 136 National Paralympic Committees competed. 519 medal events were held in 19 sports. Four new events were introduced to the Paralympics
Paralympics
in Athens; 5-a-side football for the blind, quads wheelchair tennis, and a women's competition in sitting volleyball and in the judo. Following a scandal at the 2000 Summer Paralympics , in which the Spanish intellectually-disabled basketball team was stripped of their gold medal after it was found that multiple players had not met the eligibility requirements, ID-class events were suspended
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National Archaeological Museum, Athens
The NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (Greek : Εθνικό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο) in Athens
Athens
houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece
Greece
from prehistory to late antiquity . It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide. It is situated in the Exarcheia area in central Athens
Athens
between Epirus Street, Bouboulinas Street and Tositsas Street while its entrance is on the Patission Street
Patission Street
adjacent to the historical building of the Athens
Athens
Polytechnic university
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French Language
Phonological history * Oaths of Strasbourg * Ordinance of Villers-Cotterêts
Ordinance of Villers-Cotterêts
* Anglo-Norman GRAMMAR * Adverbs * Articles and determiners * Pronouns (personal )* Verbs * (conjugation * morphology ) ORTHOGRAPHY * Alphabet * Reforms * Circumflex * Braille PHONOLOGY * Elision * Liaison * Aspirated h * Help:IPA for French * v * t * e FRENCH (le français ( listen ) or la langue française ) is a Romance language
Romance language
of the Indo-European family . It descended from the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
, as did all Romance languages. French has evolved from Gallo-Romance, the spoken Latin
Latin
in Gaul, and more specifically in Northern Gaul
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Song Dynasty
The SONG DYNASTY (Chinese : 宋朝; pinyin : Sòng cháo; 960–1279) was an era of Chinese history that began in 960 and continued until 1279. It succeeded the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period , coincided with the Liao and Western Xia dynasties, and was followed by the Yuan dynasty
Yuan dynasty
. It was the first government in world history to issue banknotes or true paper money nationally and the first Chinese government to establish a permanent standing navy . This dynasty also saw the first known use of gunpowder , as well as the first discernment of true north using a compass . The Song dynasty
Song dynasty
is divided into two distinct periods, Northern and Southern. During the NORTHERN SONG (Chinese : 北宋; 960–1127), the Song capital was in the northern city of Bianjing (now Kaifeng ) and the dynasty controlled most of what is now Eastern China
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Episkyros
EPISKYROS (Greek : ἐπίσκυρος; also called ἐπίκοινος epikoinos, "commonball") was an ancient Greek ball game. Highly teamwork oriented, the game was played between two teams of usually 12 to 14 players each, with one ball and the rules of the game which allowed using hands. Although it was a ball game, it was violent, at least in Sparta. The teams would try to throw the ball over the heads of the other team. There was a white line called the skuros between the teams and another white line behind each team. Teams would change the ball often until one of the team was forced behind the line at their end. In Sparta a form of episkyros was played during an annual city festival that included five teams of 14 players. It was played primarily by men but women also practiced it
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Han Dynasty
Coordinates : 34°09′21″N 108°56′47″E / 34.15583°N 108.94639°E / 34.15583; 108.94639 Han dynasty 漢朝 206 BC – 220 AD A map of the Western Han
Western Han
Dynasty in 2 AD: 1) the territory shaded in dark blue represents the principalities and centrally-administered commanderies of the Han Empire; 2) the light blue area shows the extent of the Tarim Basin
Tarim Basin
protectorate of the Western Regions
Western Regions

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English-speaking World
Approximately 330 to 360 million people speak English as their first language . More than half of these (231 million) live in the United States , followed by some 55 million in England
England
, the first place where Modern English was spoken. English is the third largest language by number of native speakers , after Mandarin and Spanish . Estimates that include second language speakers vary greatly, from 470 million to more than 1 billion. David Crystal
David Crystal
calculates that non-native speakers as of 2003 outnumbered native speakers by a ratio of 3 to 1. When combining native and non-native speakers, English is the second most widely spoken language worldwide
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Online Etymology Dictionary
The ONLINE ETYMOLOGY DICTIONARY is a free online dictionary that describes the origins of English-language words. CONTENTS * 1 Description * 2 Reviews and reputation * 3 References * 4 External links DESCRIPTIONDouglas Harper (also known as "The Sciolist") compiled the etymology dictionary to record the history and evolution of more than 30,000 words, including slang and technical terms. The core body of its etymology information stems from Ernest Weekley 's An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English (1921). Other sources include the Middle English Dictionary and the Barnhart Dictionary of