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School in Ancient Greece

Recreating ancient Greek classrooms and classes




1 Hour


About the tour

In celebration of the 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗟𝗗 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗦' 𝗗𝗔𝗬, let's explore the mechanisms of primary education that helped to promote literacy in ancient Greece and gave rise to Classical wonder! Let's recreate ancient classrooms and classes, teachers and pupils interacting in our imagination, through descriptions in ancient literary sources, comparing them with representations on vases and excavation finds!

In Classical Athens, education aimed to nurture a bright spirit in harmony with a strong body. As a result, children in private primary schools were taught how to write and read, in addition to developing basic mathematics, language, and literature skills. Furthermore, they learned how to play the lyre and sing to the accompaniment of the flute, as well as exercise in ancient gymnasiums.

🔴 What kind of buildings housed all these activities?

🔴 Did girls go to school like boys?

🔴 What type of writing implements did ancient pupils use to write?

🔴 Did ancient pupils even have books or notebooks?

🔴 What were their favorite break-time games?

🔴 How much did ancient teachers earn and what was their social standing?

🔴 Finally, how different was Sparta's educational system to Athens'?



This tour has been designed for virtual presentation. This is a group that accommodates up to 25 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.



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

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. As a tour guide, she has joined various Greek and foreign tour operators, specializing in VIP clients.

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