Archaeology & Athens: The Agora with Helena Meskanen

Archaeology & Athens: The Agora with Helena Meskanen

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The Athenian Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, and excavations at the site during the past century have uncovered unique and fascinating insights into life in the city. This seminar explores different aspects of life on the Agora with the help of archaeological and literary sources.

During the 5th century BC, the Agora was a bustling multi-functional open space frequented by some of the most famous characters from Greek history, ranging from Themistocles to Socrates. An ancient Athenian would have visited a city center one day bustling with market stalls, and on another acting as a site for a religious festival. This is where the governance of the world's oldest democracy took place, and where important notices were posted for the citizens to see. And this is also where Socrates was condemned by the courts and held until his death penalty. During this seminar, we will explore these different aspects of ancient life on the Agora during the Classical period, and finish with the later history and rediscovery of what is now one of the most famous archaeological sites in Greece.

Led by an expert on Greek archaeology, Dr. Helena Meskanen, this interactive seminar takes you on a tour of the ancient city center. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of life in ancient Athens.

Dr. Helena Meskanen is an archaeologist specializing in ancient Greece, with research focusing on ancient Spartan religion. She has been leading tours of the British Museum for 3 years and feels passionate about the wide range of objects on display, and the stories they tell about the museum and the cultures that created them.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.