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Digital Museum of Plato Academy, Athens

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History and teachings
The Academy of Plato is the most renowned and the most famous of all the philosophical schools of ancient Athens. The area of the Academy was once a public park dedicated to the local hero Academos (Ecademos), where, as early as the Archaic period, one of the city’s three major gymnasiums operated, whose purpose was to train and physically exercise Athenian teenagers.

Cross-cultural dimensions
The aim of the Museum is on the one hand to highlight the historical and archaeological elements of Plato’s Academy and to approach the world of Plato’s philosophy and ideas with the use of modern technology and on the other hand to raise awareness and participation of the educational community and citizens in educational and cultural activities. .The Digital Museum of the Plato Academy operates in a new building of the Municipality of Athens, at the Plato Academy and includes a series of natural exhibits and multimedia applications. Through multiple levels of information, the visitor browses both the space of Plato’s Academy and the “world of ideas”. This tour aims to highlight the area and Platonism and to create stimuli for discussion inside and outside the space.

Useful information:
recommended for all/ general/ does not require prior knowledge/ accessible/ affordable

Plato Academy Park, central location, public transportation available (metro-buses)/ Accessibility for disabled/ Preparedness of the staff/ Infrastructure, staff, safety measures-yes, languages: english, greek.

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What Will You Learn?

  • The exhibition is a "dip" in time. It starts from the current Athenian neighborhood of Plato Academy. Time flies backwards and we follow the stages of the revelation and discovery of the archaeological site. We are preparing for the "acquaintance" with Plato.In the first room of the Museum we know Plato as a historical figure who lived in Athens in the 4th century BC. ai. while at the same time we know the archeological site of the "Plato Academy" as the place where it operated. In the second room we know the work and its methods. In the third room we know the ways in which Plato's work traveled through time, starting with the successors of the Academy and reaching today. We know, then, how Platonic thought inspired humanity.

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