History & Democracy in classical Athens, Experiential Workshop at Pnyx
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History & Democracy in classical Athens, Experiential Workshop at Pnyx

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Stop At: Pnyx, Philopappos Hill, Athens Greece

• Go through the history and mythology of Athens, from the Mycenaean kings to Pericles and to the end of Democracy, through joyful interplay activities.
• Become an ancient Athenian discussing and voting on the city’s matters, as the Assembly did, 2500 years ago!
• Discover your speech and argument talents on the footsteps of the great orators such as Lysias, Isokratis, Lykourgos, and Demosthenes.
• Immerse yourself in the bright and dark sides of the Athenian democracy era, beyond history and school books.
• Enjoy the idyllic, peaceful landscape and the astonishing view of Philopappos hill, and take impressive photos with the Acropolis rock background.

Our experience will begin right after we meet and select our ancient Greek names that we will use during the workshop. Then we will walk uphill for about 300m until we arrive at the archeological site of Pnyx (free entrance). We will take our position under shaded olive & pine trees, right next to the carved steps where the Athenians spoke and voted during the Assembly. Our expert facilitator will start with a short introduction and outline the workshop’s rules. You will interactively discuss about the Myths, the historical facts, the great personalities, the everyday life, the social life, the art, the economy and the religion of the Athenians comparing their stories with the present. You will learn in detail how the Athenian democracy was born, and performed during the Golden age, and practice it yourself by speaking and voting on major city matters. You will learn how the great orators affected the public opinion, through specific paradigms. You will understand how war changed the Athenian political life but also their art, while reading aloud parts of ancient comedies and tragedies. Then, the ancient will meet the modern, as you will juxtapose the ancient paradigm with the modern life, by exchanging opinions, beliefs, experiences and views same way the ancient Greeks did. A productive and joyful way to learn all about classical Athens, and develop your critical thought and self-reflection. Our professional expert will guide you through the whole process, reassuring that everyone is equally involved. All participants will receive a commemorative. Our workshop will last 3 hours approximately, including a short break for sharing snacks based on the ancient Greek diet, and time for photos.

Duration: 3 hours

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  • Expert facilitator (Phd or MA or BA holder in Classical Studies)
  • Snacks - Snacks based on the ancient Greek nutrition (nuts, raisins)
Not included
  • NO Guided tour. If you need a professional tour guide, we may suggest one of our partners.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • This workshop is highly interactive, therefore requires at least 4 people to participate. Moreover, this is an outdoor experience therefore it also requires good weather. In case it is canceled due to poor weather, or due to fewer than 4 participants, you will be notified at least 3 hours ahead, and will be offered the option to choose between a different date, a similar workshop, or a full refund.
  • Language is simple English. There will be no difficult words or terminology.
  • There are no toilets or canteens. Near Pnyx, in the area of Thisio, there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops.
  • As this workshop takes place at a Historical site, involving Heritage and Cultural aspects, all participants are required to respect ethic, law and respectful conduct etiquette (soberness, cleanliness, photo/video shooting, dress-code, loudness etc) and be respectful and polite during the entire session. Our facilitator has the right to terminate your participation without any refund in case your behavior is disrespectful in regards to the place or the people.
  • Limited Availability! Please book your place at least 15 days ahead.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • There will be a 300m uphill walk in order for us to arrive at the Pnyx speaker’s platform, which could be physically demanding. Please ensure that you are suitably fit to allow full participation.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
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