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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!

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.