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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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May 12, 2023

Watch a replay of our Gala

Watch a replay of our 2023 Annual Gala.

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April 12, 2023

Kleiners Name Athenian Agora Courtyard Garden at Loring Hall

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce a new major gift from Diana E. E. and Fred S. Kleiner name the Athenian Agora Courtyard Garden at Loring Hall.

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April 11, 2023

Video Archive - Open Meeting 2023

Watch the video archive of our annual Open meeting and learn about the important work that was carried out at the American School, for the past year, as well as the amazing new finds at the Palace of Nestor at Pylos.

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