Athens replaces controversial signs at the Pedion tou Areos

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The Attica Regional Authority removed seven controversial signposts at the Pedion tou Aeros on Wednesday.

The signs sparked uproar after translating ‘the Fields of Aeros’ as ‘Mars Field’. Mars is the Roman equivalent of the ancient Greek god of war Ares.

“There was absolutely no intention to alter or distort – even in English – the identity of this historic space,” the authority says.

“Nevertheless, respecting the sensitivities of many of our fellow citizens we will be replacing the signposts at once.” 

The Pedion tou Aeros (Photo: Mathias Völzke)

The authority adds that the replacement signs will bear the site’s original name.

The signs featured information on the park’s main features to revive its popularity and make the area easier to navigate. 

The 27.7-hectare site was opened in 1934 to pay tribute to the heroes of the Greek War of Independence. 

Source: Ekathimerini 

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