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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.

John Camp: A Life at the Athenian Agora

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August 11, 2022

John Papadopoulos Appointed Next Director of the Agora Excavations

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the appointment of John K. Papadopoulos as the next Director of Excavations at the Athenian Agora.

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June 30, 2022

Hesperia 91.2 Now Online!

Hesperia 91.2 is now available online! Topics in this issue include the grave of the Griffin Warrior, Anavlachos on Crete, lithics at Halieis, and the Tyrannicides statues in Athens.

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April 29, 2022

The Athenian Agora Has Gone to the Dogs!

Colin Whiting speaks to us about his exciting new publication, Dogs in the Athenian Agora (Agora Picture Book 28)

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