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The Archaeology of Democracy*


1 hour




About the Tour

Classical Athens is generally regarded as the birthplace of the world’s first democracy. Systematic excavations of its civic center, the Agora, by American archaeologists in the 20th and 21st c. have revealed not only the location of government buildings but also a tremendous number of objects that have greatly added to our understanding of how this earliest democracy in fact functioned. Today a glorious archaeological park at the base of the Acropolis, this lecture will present an overview of the Agora site, its monuments which include the most well preserved ancient temple in Greece, and exciting finds housed in the site museum which will animate civic life in Athens of the 5th c. BC.

*title borrowed from a 2015 lecture by Dr. John McK. Camp, Director of the Athenian Agora Excavations


This tour has been designed for virtual presentation. This is a group that accommodates up to 20 participants at a time. Once you book this experience, we will send you a confirmation email with a link to join the session. You can access the tour via the link provided


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Your Instructor

Iris Plaitakis

Iris Plaitakis

Iris is an artist, archaeologist, and museum educator. She studied Classics and Art History at Tufts University and received her M.Phil in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford, where she focused on the history of collecting antiquities. Her academic background informs an enduring engagement with material culture in her fine art practice. She has participated in many exhibitions in Greece and abroad. A long-time educator in museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Acropolis Museum and the Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Iris currently teaches art history onsite for US study abroad programs in Athens and also serves as Assistant Director of ARC Athens, an international artist residency program.

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