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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 16, 2023

Kleiners Name Room in Honor of Hesperia

American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce a new major gift from Diana E. E. and Fred S. Kleiner: a room in Loring Hall named in honor of Hesperia.

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November 8, 2023

Conservation Laboratory of Athenian Agora Excavations

Each summer, the conservation laboratory of the Agora Excavations runs an 8-week internship program and hosts 2 – 3 international conservation students.

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October 30, 2023

Petros Themelis 1936 - 2023

Petros Themelis, one of the most prominent Greek archaeologists, professor and colleague, passed away on Friday, October 27th, at the age of 87.

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