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Athens: Democracy Experiential Workshop on Pnyx hill
Head to the historic hill of Pnyx for an interactive session, featuring dialogues and role-play. Become a citizen of classical Athens and experience the birth of democracy, with Acropolis view.
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- Visit Pnyx, the earliest and most important site in the creation of Democracy
- Enjoy an interactive workshop and explore the story of Democracy's invention
- Put yourself in the shoes of a voting Athenian and reenact the voting process
- Use unique replicas of ancient Greek objects to immerse yourself in history
- Admire views of sites like Ancient Agora and the Parthenon from atop the hill
DescriptionEnjoy a journey 2,500 years back in time on Pnyx Hill, the ancient location where Public Assemblies were held. Experience a productive and interesting way of learning about the birth of democracy in Athens with this interactive workshop great for anyone over 12. Begin the experience by taking an ancient Greek name, and entering the archaeological site of Pnyx. Take an uphill walk for about 300 m to reach the carved steps of the speaker's platform. Sit next to the steps, under shaded trees, and listen to a historical introduction. Learn about the history of Athens from the twentieth to the fifth century BCE, and trace the facts that led to the birth of Democracy in this particular place and time. Discover how democracy was performed in the Golden Century. Practice ancient democracy for yourself by taking roles, speaking, and voting on a specific city matter. Work to discover the 'dangerous' Athenian in your midst and exile him. Use your replicas of ancient objects, the ostracon and the water timer (involved in the voting process). Admire views from Filopappos Hill, a quiet place full of olive and pine trees, and enjoy the best views of the Acropolis Rock and Ancient Agora. Enjoy a walk around the premises after finishing the workshop. Spot the Observatory, the Philopappou Monument, the Chruch of St. Demetrius, Socrates Prison, and the ruins of the walls of ancient Athens.
IncludesExpert facilitator 1 ostrakon per person (piece of pottery used as a voting disc, a unique replica of the ancient object) Usage of the WaterThief (ceramic water-timer, unique replica of the ancient object) Local Taxes 24%
- As this workshop takes place at a Historical site, and involves Heritage and Cultural aspects, all participants are required to be respectful and polite during the entire session. The facilitator has the right to terminate your participation without any refund in case your behavior is disrespectful in regard to the place or the people. There will be a 300m uphill walk in order for us to arrive at the Pnyx speaker’s platform, which could be physically demanding, please ensure that you are suitably fit to allow full participation. There are no toilets or canteens on the hill. Attending this workshop in public space means you consent to photo/video shooting which may occur, including the future publication of this material. You may withdraw your consent before the workshop by contacting us in writing.