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Delphi is very proud of her city.

OK, she may not like everything about it, but she’s convinced it’s the greatest of all the cities in the world.  Where else could you find the greatest thinkers, the greatest theatres, the greatest sports, the greatest art and the greatest cake in the world?

She’d love to show you around – but there’s a problem.  Nine-year-old girls like her aren’t really supposed to be out the house by herself.  But that’s never stopped her before…

Join Delphi on a sneaky tour of Ancient Athens, to explore its famous sites and stories, and join in as she asks some big questions about her city.  Just be careful not to get caught!

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Exploring Athens

Visit the Acropolis to start and go from there!

Keep an eye out for blue links to find your way around.

As you follow Delphi, you will visit many famous buildings and landmarks around the city.  For each one, you’ll discover:

  • What happened when Delphi got there

  • Drawings of what it would have looked like

  • Photographs of what it looks like now

  • The best facts about each place

  • Information about the culture, beliefs and people of Ancient Greece

  • A big question, inspired by the place, to get you thinking!

Site Index

Who is Delphi?

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(taken from Delphi the Philosopher – Prologue)

Delphi was, in many ways, a typical girl of Athens.  Like all girls, she didn’t go to school or have a job but spent her time at home, learning how to clean, sew, cook and generally look after her father’s house.  At least, that’s what she was supposed to be doing.  In fact, what Delphi really did was get out of the house at every possible opportunity and ask questions.

Oh, the questions.  Delphi had a fearsome reputation for asking questions.  Most children, as they are growing up, go through a stage where they like to ask a lot of questions, and the favourite one is usually: why?  Why do I have to eat mushrooms, Daddy?  Why is your hair going away, Daddy? Why is that dog doing a wee on your foot, Daddy?  Delphi’s daddy was a patient man, but he was happy to turn a blind eye to Delphi’s wanderings outside the house if it only got her away from him, so he could think straight for a minute. Delphi had never got past the age of asking questions, and never seemed to be satisfied with the answers she got either.

Discover the story of how Delphi became a philosopher!

As you explore Athens you will find videos telling you the story of Delphi the Philosopher - the philosophy adventure for children!

Watch this video to get to know Delphi and her best friend Plato.

There are lots of secrets to discover around the city.

Can you find them all?

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  • Find Delphi’s house.

  • Take Zeno, Delphi’s pet tortoise, for a walk.

  • Visit Delphi’s dad at work.

  • Watch a wedding procession.

  • Take in a great view of the sea.

  • Talk to Delphi’s best friend, Plato.

  • Eat a honey cake!

  • Take a glimpse at the statue to Athena.

  • Explore the countryside.

  • Visit the prison where Socrates was locked up.

  • Discover Delphi's most embarrassing memory ever!

Where does the information come from?

The stories in Delphi’s Guide to Athens were originally written in the locations they describe, during my visit to Athens in April 2019.  Much of the information comes from information available to the public at these locations and museums.  These include:

  • Athens historical sites (The Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Olympieion, Hadrian’s Library, Roman Agora, Lyceum)

  • Acropolis Museum

  • National Archaeological Museum

  • Plato’s Academy site and Museum

  • Kerameikos site and Museum

  • Panathenaic Stadium site and Museum

  • Museum of Cycladic Art

In putting together this guide, I have also referred to several invaluable texts and guidebooks:

  • The World of Athens (Cambridge University Press, 2008). 

  • The Hemlock Cup by Bettany Hughes (Vintage, 2011).

  • Ancient Greece: Everyday Life in the Birthplace of Western Civilization by Robert Garland (Sterling, 2013)

  • Athens (Ekdotike Athenon, 2000)

  • Pocket Athens (Lonely Planet, 2016)

Any other information was drawn from common online sources such as Wikipedia.  Any errors are my own.

All text and photographs © David Whitney except where specified.

All drawings © Rosie Coulson.