Ancient Agora: Skip-the-line e-Ticket and Audio TourAthens, Greece
No trip to Athens could be complete without a visit to the Ancient Agora! Skip the busy lines with a fast track e-ticket and waltz in this unique site with a fascinating audio tour on your phone. Download the tour on your smartphone and follow, at your own pace, the riveting journey of the evolution of Athenian democracy as you enjoy a visit to the most dynamic archaeological site of Athens.
Your tour begins with a comprehensive introduction to the chain of events that made democracy possible in ancient Athens. At the foot of the hill where the temple of Hephaestus still stands radiant, you’ll learn about Solon, whose legal reforms paved the way for the formation of the earliest civil society in world history. Just uphill from the Tholos, take a glimpse of the ruined Bouleuterion, where 500 Athenians met daily to draw up laws and proposals presented to the city’s popular assembly. As you continue your walk, anecdotal stories from the lives of bright Athenian personalities, such as Aristides the Just and glorious Pericles, will come alive through the original and fun content of your expertly designed audio guide. The exhibits in the Museum of the Agora are bound to fascinate you, providing a rich pool of information on the ingenious, yet at times cruel, methods used by the Athenians to defend their democracy from any malign influence. Enjoy picture-postcard vistas to the Acropolis from the hill of Pnyx and the Rock of Ares, while later as you ascend on the hill of Philopappos, you’ll discover the prison of Socrates and gain some important insights into the life and death of the great Athenian philosopher.
Your tour ends within easy reach of the Acropolis archaeological site, in front of the theatre of Dionysus, where you’ll marvel at the oldest theatre of the world and the actual place where the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides were once staged.
1. Solon, the first legislatorHow did democracy arise? Which Wise Man of Greece sacrificed himself for the good of his homeland? How important are laws?
2. The Monument of the Eponymous HeroesWhich tyrant’s grandson introduced equality under the law? Who were the heroes who gave birth to the first tribes? If you lived in ancient times, which tribe would you belong to?
3. Ostracism. Museum of the Ancient AgoraOstracism, just or exile? Can you leave within ten days for ten years? Can you ostracize yourself? Did Themistocles ostracize and become ostracized? A series of ostracisms!
The Father of the Boule of the 400
Solon, the first legislatorIn Athenaion Politeia (‘The Constitution of the Athenians’), Aristotle mentions that Solon created a Boule (deliberative council) of four hundred members, ten from each Ionian phyle (tribe). The building where the council met has not survived, but we know it was next to Cleisthenes’ New Bouleuterion (council-chamber). Today, it is uncertain whether Solon really introduced this measure. It is supposed that the Boule’s function was to guide the work of the Ecclesia (assembly) as well as prepare the cases for appeal before the Heliaia, a meeting of Athenian citizens to try a legal case.
A monumental notice board
The Monument of the Eponymous HeroesOn the southwest side of the Agora stands the base of a monument that in ancient times used to be an important reference point for Athenians. On the long and narrow base of the Monument of the Eponymous Heroes stood the bronze statues of the ten heroes whose names had been given to the ten new tribes of Athens. The base served as a notice board. There, public announcement were hung on wooden boards. Citizens could find the announcements relating to them under the statue of their tribe’s eponymous hero. Over time, the number of tribes would change, meaning that statues would be removed or added to the base.
Ostracism. Museum of the Ancient AgoraIn 483 BC, the year of Aristides the Just’s banishment, something unexpected happened! It is said that while the names were being scratched onto the pottery shards, an illiterate man gave his ostrakon to Aristides as if he were a random citizen and asked him to scratch “Aristides” on it. Aristides was perplexed and asked the man, “What did Aristides ever do to you?” The man replied, “Nothing. I don’t know the man but I’m tired of hearing everyone calling him Just”. Aristides did not reply, but etched his name on the shard and returned it to him.
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Our stories are zany and so is the team of creative writers, thinkers, doers & explorers behind them: a dedicated art conservator, who if left unattended will be found making stuff out of paper and fabric, a caring archaeologist with long Renaissance curls who loves art and baking & a passionate travel writer suffering from incurable wanderlust and a healthy obsession with Thomas Pynchon. To this, add a gifted graphic designer, who playfully experiments with designs, colors, hairstyles, and fashion transformations daily, and a world-class network of travel experts and accredited tour guides who share our crush for ingenuity and create distinctive tours and travel stories that bring the world closer to you!
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|Address||Ancient Agora of Athens|
|Starting point||Adrianou 24, Athens (Metro station Monastiraki)|
|Finishing point||Rigillis 10, Athens|
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|Areas||Ancient Agora, Areopagus & Philopappos Ηills, Theatre of Dionysus|
|Recommended apparel||Please wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen!|
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.