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Monday, May 6, 2013

Day 17: Athens

Today we were able to visit many of the sites that we were only able to walk past yesterday. The first stop was the Acropolis, which is located on a hill overlooking the city of Athens. The Acropolis and its slopes houses many buildings including the Temple and Theatre of Dionysus, the Odeion of Herodus Atticus, the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion.

Theatre of Dionysus

Odeion

Propylaia

Acropolis

Parthenon



Erechtheion

View from the Acropolis towards Piraeus

Hill where the Council of Elders met
After this, we went to the Agora which was the center of economic and political activities within the city-state. One of the best preserved temples existing today, the Temple of Hephaestus, as well as the Stoa of Attalus, the Bouleterion, and the state prison, where Socrates died, are located.

Agora

Stoa of Attalus

Statue of Erichthonius, founder of Athens

Temple of Hephaestus



Prison
Inside the Stoa of Attalus, we were also able to see many artifacts including a juror selection machine and many other artifacts.

Juror Selection Machine

Shield
The last stop of the day was to the Athens Archaeological Museum where were able to see the progression of Greek sculptures and pottery through different time periods, an exhibition of the Antykhera shipwreck, as well as the frescoes from ancient Thera.


Achilles, 1st century BC


Fallen Solider, 100 BC

Funerary Naiskos, 350-325 BC

Dove Figurines, 4th century BC
After this, we had the remainder of the afternoon as free time. Many of us went street shopping, and we finally ended the day with dinner.


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