Acropolis tour: Athena vs Poseidon

Athens, Greece

Clio Muse

Stops

5

Stories

20

Distance

0.35km

Duration

30min

Audio

No

Description

An unusual self-guided audio tour to explore Acropolis from a different point of view, with credible & original stories written by top local professionals. Take your tour now & enjoy it instantly on your smartphone device.

“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.  

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By clicking "Add to cart", you are purchasing this tour in English. This tour is also available in the following languages: Italiano, Deutsch, Français, Español.

Highlights

  • The adversaries

    1. The adversaries

    Fighting out of one corner is the daughter of Zeus, fully armed, wise beyond her years, a feisty virgin goddess. Her adversary is her uncle, the esteemed and primordial bearded god of horses, water, and earthquakes.
  • Oil and water don’t mix

    2. Oil and water don’t mix

    The contest for the city of Athens was a family affair pitting two generations of gods on the bare rock of the Acropolis, before an astonished crowd of Athenian royals and common folk. There could be only one winner.
  • The benefactress

    3. The benefactress

    Athena proved a blessing for the city and the people. Her patronage and generous gifts transformed Athens from an insignificant group of hamlets to a superpower. Adding a hill to the landscape was an unexpected bonus.

Featured stories

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Details

Starting point Propylaea, Acropolis, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athens
Finishing point Acropolis View Point
Areas Acropolis
Opening hours Winter (1 Nov. to 31 Mar.): Mon.- Sun. 08:00 - 17:00, Summer (1 Apr. to 31 Oct.): Mon.- Sun. 08:00 - 19:00
Additional admission General €20

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.