The classical period was an era of unprecedented political and cultural achievement. In this period, Athens reached its greatest political and cultural heights: the full development of the democratic governmental system under the Athenian statesman Pericles; the building of the Parthenon on the Acropolis; the creation of the tragedies of Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides; and the founding of the philosophical schools of Socrates and Plato.
Walk in a nutshell
Step back in time and gain a vivid insight into Athens’ classical past. In addition to the great monuments of classical Athens, you will also learn about all major aspects of daily life from food and sports to religion, education, and politics. You will see the houses people inhabited, admire the theatre where the masterpieces of ancient drama were first performed; learn about the architecture of the Parthenon; discover the ruins of the state prison where Socrates was executed; and visit the Athenian Agora, the heart of ancient Athens where political, judicial, commercial, cultural and religious activities all found a place together.
This walk visits the Acropolis with the Parthenon as its crown jewel, the archaeological site of the Ancient Agora, and the nearby sites. This tour is performed by a state-licensed archaeologist.
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Walk design credits
This walking tour has been designed and is delivered by selected state-licensed archaeologists.
"We turn aside to trace the footsteps left by ancient Time"
Aeschylus, The Suppliant Maidens. 533.
Image Credit: Frederic Boissonnas, 1903