The Acropolis of Athens
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Inspiring rhapsodic admiration throughout centuries, the sanctuary of Athena on the Acropolis of Athens is undoubtedly one of the most visited sites in the world! What we see today dates mainly from the age of the great politician Pericles, at the heyday of Classical Democracy, and was carefully orchestrated, to glorify the excellence of Athenians at both war and peace. Τhe idea of Athenian supremacy was thus subtly propagated, justifying the imperialistic Athenian foreign policy (exploitation of other Greek cities, members of the “Delian” League against the Persians, after the celebrated wars).
Walking in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims in the sanctuary of Athena Parthenos, a fierce warrior goddess, as well as a patroness of arts and works of peace, we shall be reconstructing the original views, colors, sounds, through the mutilated remnants of a remote and elusive past. We shall be focusing especially on the story behind the choice of themes on the lavish sculptures of the main temple, the Pathenon, featuring Theseus as the new hero of Athenian democracy and an emblematic cultural hero, equal to Hercules, defending civilization and freedom against any oriental threat. Piece by piece, the picture of a colorful sanctuary will be unfolding, crowded with sculptures and votive offerings, and inviting pilgrims to share the vision of Pericles, as the leader of the most powerful and influential Greek city state, democratic towards its own citizens and at the same time imperialistic towards other city-states!
East coast time zone: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
West coast time zone: 11:00am – 12:30pm
UK time zone: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Note : Conducted in English narration
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Cancellations or Date changes must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled time. You may then reschedule once at no additional cost or fees, although venue ticketing restrictions may apply.
Cancellations within 48 hours of the tour are considered as no shows and are therefore non-refundable.