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“Acropolis Arena: Athena vs Poseidon” is mythology galore, a tour of the Acropolis based on the immortal and nail-biting story of the feud between Athena and Poseidon for the right to call Athens their city. It takes an exceptional deity to become the protector of a city as glorious as Athens. When the Athenians called for candidates, two contenders came forth: Athena, the goddess of wisdom, craft, and civilization; and Poseidon, the god of earthquakes, the sea, and horses. They both promised impressive gifts but there could be only one winner.
The tour begins at the Propylaea with a presentation of the two contestants: Athena, whose bizarre birth from the head of Zeus was actually preceded by the transformation of her mother into a fly with blacksmithing skills, and Poseidon, who experienced a most traumatic childhood when he was eaten alive by his father. The tour’s core is the Erechtheum, a temple built by the ancient Athenians specifically to commemorate the contest between Athena and Poseidon.
As you walk around this incomparable jewel of classical architecture, you will learn about the details of the contest and the series of terrible punishments Poseidon inflicted on the people of Athens for their perfidy and insolence. Floods, flesh-eating sea turtles, bandits, and divine offspring were all unleashed by Poseidon against the hapless Athenians. Finally you reach the Belvedere where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Athens and Mount Lycabettus, whose very presence on the horizon is a constant reminder of Athena’s unceasing efforts to protect her city.
Propylaea, Acropolis, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athens
Winter (1 Nov. to 31 Mar.): Mon.- Sun. 08:00 – 17:00, Summer (1 Apr. to 31 Oct.): Mon.- Sun. 08:00 – 19:00