Κυριακή, 8 Ιουνίου 2014

Aristotle's Lyceum (a gymnasium near Athens and the site of a philosophical school founded by Aristotle) open to Public.





Aristotle’s Lyceum, believed to have been established as the ancient philosopher’s seat of learning in 335 BC, opened to the public June 4, after years of preparation. The Lyceum - a plot measuring 11,000 square metres - is located between the Athens Conservatory and the Byzantine Museum.

Recent excavations by the Greek Archaeological Service (archaeologist Effi Lygouri in 1996) in the area of modern Syntagma have revealed that the area immediately to the East of the ancient city wall was filled with ancient cemeteries and factories, and an immense bathing complex of the Roman period. In addition, sections of a broad, ancient road running East -West through this area have been uncovered. These finds merely add to the list of similar buildings, baths, and graves previously found in the Syntagma area.

Excavations in the area of modern Rigillis Street uncovered a structure that has been identified by the excavator as a palaistra in the Lyceum. The site continues to be excavated and studied and has not yet been fully published.
It is one of the sites chosen as part of the green cultural routes program organized by the Culture Ministry’s Directorate of Museums, Exhibitions and Educational Programs. 

The tour introduces attendees to new and exciting information about life in ancient Greece. 

The Lyceum’s official inauguration is expected to take place within the next couple of months.

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