London: Beating Paris, Athens has topped the list of world’s most flirtatious city whereas Moscow occupied the second spot on a list of nearly 200 cities around the world.

According to a new study, home of famous philosophers like Plato and Aristotle entered this list after what’s being claimed as the globes largest ever study of online flirting carried out by social networking site-Badoo.com.

While Rome took eighth place, Paris managed only to rank 38th, according to the study.

The ‘World Flirtation League’ study ranked cities by the number of online flirtations initiated per month by Badoo users, reported a newspaper.

The average Athenian initiated 25.7 online flirtations per month, more than twice as many as people in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil or Prague and far more than in Paris, London, Berlin or New York.

"Athens is a seductive city, with a hedonistic lifestyle," the British newspaper quoted Victoria Kyriakopoulous, author of 'The Lonely Planet Encounter Guide to Athens', as saying.

Added British author Dr Simon Hardy: "It's probably fair to say that the Athenians perfected the art of flirtation in ancient times, especially at the time of symposia described by Plato."

Other cities to make it into the top 10 were Kuwait City, Baku in Azerbaijan, Tunis, Kiev, Beirut, Turin, and Bari in southern Italy.