Ancient Agora: The Birth of Democracy

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Stops

34

Stories

112

Distance

3.00km

Duration

1h30min

Audio

Human Voice

Description

Enjoy a hassle-free visit to the Ancient Agora, one of the most dynamic attractions of Athens with a fascinating self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. 

 

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.  

   * * Please note that ticket/entrance fee to the Ancient Agora is not included.

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The birth of the Athenian laws

In the early 6th century B.C., social and political tensions had led Athens to the verge of collapse. Nearly all power was in the hands of a few influential families. The remaining population was in a state of unrest, with the poorest having to take loans secured against their own person and subsequently finding themselves reduced to slavery. Then, in 594/3 B.C., the Athenians elected Solon as archon (chief ruler), with their legislative powers to resolve the crisis. Solon’s reforms are considered to be one of the major stepping stones on the path to a democratic form of governance.

Christiana Damanaki

Tiny, happy person who wanted to be a writer but by accident became an Archaeologist. You will find me in libraries working on my PhD. I am the one with the blue hair.

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Details

Ancient Agora of Athens

Adrianou 24, Athens (Metro station Monastiraki)

Rigillis 10, Athens

 

  • Offline content with an offline interactive map to avoid roaming charges
  • Self-guided audio tour in English for your smartphone (Android & iOS)
  • An activation link to access your audio tour
  • Entrance fee to the Ancient Agora & Museum
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
  • App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • This is a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone. No live guide will accompany you. No VR / AR is included
  • Please consider that admission fees for Ancient Agora and the Museum are not included
  • Please book per device to be used, not per participant
  • One week before your selected visit date, you will receive an email from Clio Muse Tours with instructions for the audio tour 
  • Please note that for the audio tour you must have an Android or iOS smartphone and make sure you have enough storage space on your phone (100-150 MB)
  • Non refundable once activated
  • Please note that admission fees are not included in this product
  • Check the email that you’ve received from Clio Muse Tours, and follow the instructions in order to access your tour
  • Please consider that internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak, so kindly, download the tour on your smartphone, prior to your visit, to go offline and avoid roaming charges
  • The audio tour can be used repeatedly both online and offline. Use your headphones to best enjoy it
  • Please wear sunscreen and a hat during the hot summer months
  • Visitors are also advised to wear sturdy shoes

Ancient Agora, Pnyx, Theatre of Dionysus

Hours of Operation: From 13 of April to 31 of October: 08:00 – 20:00 (last entrance 19:45)
The site is closed on 25 December, 26 December, 1 January, 25 March, 1 May, Christian Easter Sunday

A large part of the tour goes through the Ancient Agora of Athens. General admission: €8

Charged Android / iOS smartphone & headphones

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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.

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