ATHENS

Marble statue of Socrates

City of the goddess Athena, world capital of art, democracy, philosophy and theatre.

The ancient city of Athens has inspired travelers, writers and artists for thousands of years. Step back in time to experience this city’s rich history dating back to the Bronze Age, over 5000 years ago. Athens is jam-packed with monuments from throughout the ages, the most prominent being the glorious temple of Athena, known as the Parthenon, situated high above the city on the Acropolis, or ‘High City’.

Some of the most important events in human history have taken place here, including the trial of Socrates, one of the earliest challenges to freedom of speech. The famous battles of Thermoplylae, Marathon, Salamis and Plateae, between the Greek alliance and the Persian empire, also occured in its environs, culminating in one of the greatest victories against tyranny the world has even seen. Athens was the centre of Classicism, a subject associated with excellence in human pursuits of art, sculpture and literature. The modern city is still spectacular in its thriving culture, a centre for the arts, theatre, drama and cuisine.

Literature & History

Athens provides unlimited possibilities for exploring some of the most fascinating events in ancient history. Scenes of events recorded by the so-called fathers of history, Herodotus and Thucydides, can be visited and observed first hand when visiting Athens. The plays of the creators of theatre and drama, Aeschyus, Sophocles and Euripides, have all taken place on the slopes of the Acropolis in the theatre of Dionysisus. The published ancient speeches of Lysias and Demosthenes and philosophical dialogues of Plato can be found in various locations around the city including the Agora, Areopagus, Kerameichus and Acropolis.

Parthenon and Herodium construction in Acropolis Hill in Athens

Bronze discobolus from the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens

Attractions:

  • The Parthenon and Acropolis
  • Ancient Agora
  • Marathon
  • Salamis
  • Olympia
  • Delphi

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