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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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November 9, 2020

Webinar - The Stoa of Attalos

Watch our fourth episode of our "Live from the Agora" series, with Professor John Camp, Director of Excavations and enjoy a unique in-depth look at some of the most important finds on display in the Stoa of Attalos today!

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September 18, 2020

Webinar: Athenian Pottery Up Close

Join us in watching the second episode of our Live from the Agora series, with Prof. Jenifer Neils, Director of the American School of Classical Studies

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September 4, 2020

Webinar: The Royal Stoa

Join us in watching the first episode of our "Live from the Agora", series of webinars.

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