“A Debt to Ancient Wisdom and Beauty”: The Reconstruction of the Stoa of Attalos in the Ancient Agora of Athens

by Niki Sakka

Hesperia, Volume 82, Issue 1
Page(s): 203-227
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.82.1.0203
Year: 2013


The Hellenistic Stoa of Attalos, reconstructed to serve as the Agora Museum at a time of intense American involvement in Greece, constitutes a prominent physical landmark at the site and, as such, a powerful means by which the American School of Classical Studies at Athens made its presence known in the landscape of the modern city. The author highlights the various meanings and values ascribed to the reconstruction process, its involvement in the politics of memory and forgetting, and its impact on institutional policy of the American School.