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Athenian Agora

Located in the heart of modern Athens and attracting more than half a million  international visitors annually, the Agora was in ancient times the business, political, and legal center of Athens, bringing together citizens and foreigners, litigants and jurors, and merchants and philosophers. The School has been excavating at the Agora since 1931, and has brought to light a rich and splendid history of continuous habitation that extends over more than 5,000 years. The major public buildings of ancient Athens are now displayed in a thoughtfully landscaped archaeological park with all of the excavated artifacts and excavation records housed in the restored Stoa of Attalos. These finds have significantly expanded our knowledge of ancient Athenian life and culture, notably the origins and practice of democracy. Each summer, the Agora trains more than 60 students from American colleges and universities in modern archaeological techniques.

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June 13, 2024

Daniel Levine is honored with the 2024 Aristeia Award

On Tuesday June 11th, 2024, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens hosted a garden party to welcome its new Summer Session students.

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June 2, 2024

Evelyn Lord Smithson Honored With Room in Loring Hall

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the dedication of a room in Loring Hall in memory of Evelyn Lord Smithson.

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May 30, 2024

American School Releases 142nd Annual Report Highlighting Major Accomplishments and Work

The American School is pleased to announce the release of its annual report covering the 2022-2023 academic year.

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