The leader of Greece's left-wing Syriza party Alexis Tsipras casts his ballot in Athens on Sunday. His anti-austerity party was ahead in earlier polling. Aris Messinis/Getty Images hide caption

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An undated handout image released by the British Museum of a headless sculpture of the river god Ilissos. The British Museum has put the sculpture, one of the Elgin Marbles, on loan to the Hermitage Museum in Russia, the first time one of the Parthenon sculptures has been lent. AP hide caption

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Archaeologists inspect a female figurine inside a recently discovered, fourth-century B.C. tomb, in the town of Amphipolis, northern Greece on Sept. 7. The occupant of the tomb is unknown, but there's speculation that it could be someone who was closely linked to Alexander the Great. Greek Culture Ministry/AP hide caption

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The youths of Ancient Messene once trained at this Doric stadium, which cost more than $3 million to restore. It's one of the most impressive and popular ancient sites in Greece, in part thanks to an infusion of private funds. Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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Ilias Smirlis (left) runs a small family farm in Kalamata, Greece. Before he met entrepreneur Sotiris Lymperopoulos, who runs the food service Radiki, he struggled to sell his produce outside Athens. "The demand for excellent products will always exist," Smirlis says. "The challenge is to find a market." Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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Abu Ghassan (from left), Hassan and Sobhy sit in the lobby of a hotel in Athens, Greece, that blocks out at least 40 rooms each month for Syrian refugees and gives them a discount, on Feb. 11. Though the Syrians have a safe haven at the hotel, Greece as a whole has not been as welcoming. Holly Pickett for NPR hide caption

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Illegal immigrants watch from behind a fence as police patrol the perimeter of a detention center at Amygdaleza, on the northern fringes of Athens, on April 30, 2012. Thanassis Stavrakis/AP hide caption

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Couples kiss during the Athens gay pride parade last June. Last month, activists organized a "kiss-in" during a church service run by a Greek Orthodox bishop who has threatened to excommunicate politicians supporting same-sex unions. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Greek vocal icon Marinella (center) sings "Children of Greece," a song once sung to Greek soldiers as Italian and German forces invaded the country. As they endure hard times today, Greeks are turning to theater that shows triumphs over adversity in the previous century. Badminton Theater hide caption

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Laura and Thanos Ntoumanis recently moved from Greece to Germany, where Thanos, a psychiatrist, got a job. Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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Maria Souta (center), a Roma grandmother in her 50s, lives in a shack in the Roma camp near Corinth, Greece. She supports her family by picking aluminum cans out of the trash. "I really want my children to get an education and get out of here," she says. Joanna Kakissis for NPR hide caption

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