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Pnyx

The Cradle of Ancient Athenian Democracy

Duration

1 hour

Price

tip-supported

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About the Tour

Join us in a breathtaking location, atop the hill of the Pnyx, across from the Acropolis and the Agora, where citizens of Athens aged over 20 gathered, partaking the most powerful ruling body of the famous Classical democracy, the Assembly of the People. Forming a small percentage of the entire population of the Athenian city-state, the highly privileged citizen body enjoyed full civil rights and other exclusive benefits in what has been labelled as the most participatory and open-access democratic regime of all time!


Relive the original sights, sounds, and sensations from when the Pnyx was teeming with life and molded the future of Classical Athens, as you follow our virtual footprints around the site and marvel at its scenery and monuments!


- Where would the platform or bema be located for the speakers, and where would the Assembly be seated?

- How and why was the configuration altered over time, and how did the Pnyx’'s capacity change to meet the demands of a developing democracy?

- How often would the People of Athens convene? Which officials would set the agenda and preside over the meeting and what sort of issues would be discussed?

- Who would be entitled to take the podium and who would dare deliver a pithy public speech, in actuality?

- How would the assembled citizens vote at the end of each session?



✅ HOW IT WORKS

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


✅ PRICE

Every tour on Virtual Tour in Greece is supported entirely by your tips. We make our tours free to join to make it accessible to everyone who wants to explore Greece and its wonderful monuments. This, however, only works when everyone tips what they can. The majority of your tips go directly to your guide, while Virtual Tour in Greece only keeps a small portion of the tips earned to keep the platform running smoothly and improving. Every tip counts, as they help our guides and keep the platform growing!


 

Your Instructor

Dr. Anthi Dipla

Dr. Anthi Dipla

Anthi is a Classical archaeologist/art historian who has graduated from Oxford University (MA, PhD). She has participated in excavations, scientific projects and conferences in Greece, Cyprus and abroad. Her research has been focused on Greek vase painting, iconography, and mythology, with further interests in women studies, social history, ancient Greek theatre, and cultural exchange in the ancient Mediterranean world, and has been published extensively in international peer-reviewed periodicals and books.

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