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Publications

 

    The Department’s publications cover many different subjects and have been circulated in more than 600,000 offprints in both Greek and English. These comprise educational publications, museum kits, teachers’ packs, books, special itinerary booklets accompanying the programmes, films, Cd-Roms, posters and games.

    The resource material aims to help educators prepare themselves better both for the lesson at school and for the class visit to the archaeological site and the Museum.

    Particular care is taken to achieve the best quality in scholarship, educational value and aesthetic appearance of the publications. The Department believes that the publications are of special importance because they are distributed to so many educators and students. Through the diffusion of these resources, the educational potential of the Athenian Acropolis and the era it symbolises, becomes available at a crucial level of education.

 

Catalogue of publications

 


 

Education through the Athenian Acropolis

 

    The booklet describes the activities of the Department. Described are all categories of the educational programmes that are carried out in school groups, the "Open Day Programmes" carried out by large groups of school children, the "Tactical Programmes" that are held on a daily basis and the "Special Programmes" that are connected with periodic exhibitions. Presented also are the educational material that is produced and lent or donated to schools (booklets and educational Museum Kits), the exhibitions and training seminars for educators and students, and the special symposia for educators that are organized around the general theme: "Educators and Programmes about the Acropolis".

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Let's Go to the Acropolis

 

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    The booklet is addressed to the educator. Its general approach to the Acropolis and the monuments is based on the models and plans exhibited in the Centre for the Acropolis Studies. The topography of the Sacred Rock is presented diachronically, each monument separately, with its myths, its architecture and its sculpture. In addition, with the help of the booklet, the educators can follow the history of the monuments and what people thought of them through the centuries.

    The booklet can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "Let's Go to the Acropolis".

   
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    The booklet is in folded form and it is addressed to the pupil as an itinerary for his/her visit to the Acropolis. It contains information about the history of the Sacred Rock and the development of the area diachronically from neolithic times to the present, with special emphasis on the classical period. With the help of the booklet, the children can compare the classical Acropolis with the Acropolis of today and imagine the brilliant sanctuary where the ancients worshipped their goddess-protector.

    The booklet can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "Let's Go to the Acropolis".

 

 

Let's Go to the Acropolis Peripatos

 

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    The ancient road that ran around the Acropolis below the Sacred Rock, was known as the "Peripatos"because it enabled the ancient Athenians to visit the many unique monuments on the north and south slopes of the Acropolis while enjoying a stroll and admiring the Attic landscape. The booklet is addressed to the educator and it describes the topography of the north slope (Klepsydra, the sanctuaries of Apollo, Zeus, Pan and the Nymphs, Aphrodite and Eros, the Aglaureion) and the south slope of the Acropolis (the Odeion of Perikles, the Sanctuary and the Theatre of Dionysos, the Choregic Monuments, the Asklepieion, the Stoa of Eumenes, the Odeion of Herodes Attikos.

    The booklet can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit: "Let's Go to the Acropolis".



   
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    The booklet is addressed to the pupil and it is in the form of a story. The hero of the tale is Menon, a little boy who lives in Athens at the end of the 4th century B.C. (315-300 B.C.). He follows the course of the Peripatos around the Acropolis seeking the sanctuary of the god Asklepios.

    Using their imagination, the pupils visit the sanctuaries of the north slope, listen to the musical contests in the Odeion of Perikles, or watch the drama contests held in the theatre of Dionysos in honour of that god. They see the Athenians going to the sanctuary of Asklepios, not only to worship the god, but to ask for healing in one of the first therapeutic centres (hospitals) of Athens. Then they can listen to the discussions of the ancient Athenians as they go by the Stoa of Eumenes. Their greatest surprise, however, will be the Odeion of Herodes Attikos, with the richness of its interior decoration and its brilliance.

    The booklet can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit: "Let's Go to the Acropolis".

 

 

A Day on the Acropolis with the Texts of Plutarch and Pausanias

 

    The booklet assists the pupils in their tour of the Acropolis, following the information given in the ancient texts. Included are quotations from Plutarch's text, giving the specialities of the artisans who worked on the Acropolis, and describing the material they used for making the statues and the buildings. The booklet also enables the pupils to explore the archaeological site using the text of Pausanias to try to locate what they cannot see today, but which he describes, or, vice versa, what they now see but he did not.
The booklet can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit: "Let's Go to the Acropolis".

There are two publications, one for the general public and one for the pupil.

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A Day on the Acropolis in Search of the Goddess Athena

 

    The booklet helps the pupils to explore the archaeological site and to become familiar with the topography of the monuments on the Sacred Rock through a search for the statues of the goddess Athena, who was worshipped on the Acropolis in many different forms. The individual statues are described, the various materials of which they were made, their proportions, their relation to the building and the place. Described too are the characteristics of the goddess, her symbols/attributes, her myths and her worship in ancient Athens. With this booklet the pupils can visit the Acropolis Museum to look for statues of the goddess Athena on the basis of what they have learned. They can also attach stickers of the various statues of the goddess to a perspective drawing of the Acropolis Rock.

    The booklet can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit: "Let's Go to the Acropolis", as well as with the web application, Athena, Goddess of the Acropolis.


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A Day with the Parthenon Frieze


    The Parthenon Frieze was a continuous band, 160 meters in length, with figures in relief that circumscribed the upper part of the main temple, within the outer colonnade. Its subject was the procession that took place as the culmination of the Great Panathenaia, on the 28th of the month Hekatombaion (around the 15th of August), the birthday of the goddess Athena. Depicted on the Frieze are some 360 figures of humans and divinities and more than 250 animals, mostly horses.

    In the booklet, the pupils, with a little boy as guide, participate in the Panathenaia, identify the participants in the procession on the Parthenon Frieze, the horsemen, the charioteers, the apobates, the thallophoroi or branch-bearers, the water-jar bearers, the archons or officials and the gods and goddesses of Mt. Olympus.

    The booklet can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit " The Parthenon Frieze".

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The Olympian Gods at the Parthenon Frieze

 

    The subject of the booklet is the middle section of the east Frieze of the Parthenon. Depicted there is the culminating point of the celebration of the Panathenaia: the handing over of the peplos, the gift of the Athenians to the sacred xoanon, "fallen from heaven" (Διιπετές), the wooden statue of the goddess Athena. To the left and right of the scene, the twelve gods of Mt. Olympus are seated. The pupils try to identify the divinities and find their symbols. Information is given about the monument, and for each divinity an epithet and the animal and plant that was sacred to him/her.

    The booklet can be combined with the use of the Museum Kits "The Parthenon Frieze" and " The Twelve Olympian Gods", as well as the relevant game of the internet application "The Parthenon Frieze".

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Photographic Reconstruction of the Parthenon Frieze at a Scale of 1 : 20

 

    Assembled here are photographs of all the surviving blocks of the Frieze, which have been filled in with the preserved drawings of J. Carrey (1674) and J. Stuart (1751), so as to give the fullest possible picture of the whole. The purpose is to enable the reader to reconstruct the Frieze as it was composed by its creators and thus to grasp the magnificence of the work, to understand the direct relationship between the architecture and the sculpture, and to follow the history of the building through the Frieze.

    The reader can "read" the Frieze; he can observe the correspondence of the themes on the north and south sides; he can study the composition of a brilliant work of art, a work in which nothing is left to chance, but all responds to a plan with political, symbolic and religious purpose.

    It can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "The Parthenon Frieze",  as well as the relevant internet application "The Parthenon Frieze".


   
The Parthenon Frieze Reconstruction Game

   

    The Parthenon Frieze Reconstruction Game comprises a photographic representation of each of the four sides of the Frieze at a scale of 1 : 60. Photographs of all the surviving stones of the Frieze have been collected and they have been filled in with the preserved drawings of J. Carrey (1674) and J. Stuart (1751), so as to give a picture of the entire Frieze. With the help of the game children can compose the Panathenaic procession and imagine its appearance high on the temple.

    It can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "The Parthenon Frieze",  as well as the relevant internet application "The Parthenon Frieze".

 

 

ΤΩΝ ΑΘΗΝΗΘΕΝ ΑΘΛΩΝ (Prizes from Athens. The Panathenaic Games)

 

    The subject of the booklet is the Panathenaia, the most brillant festival of ancient Athens, and the special prizes given to the victors, the beautifully made Panathenaic amphorae, filled with oil and bearing the characteristic inscription «ΤΩΝ ΑΘΗΝΗΘΕΝ ΑΘΛΩΝ».

Through ancient vases and sculpture the athletic and artistic contests are described, in the same way as the great procession to the Acropolis shown on the Parthenon Frieze. The booklet is accompanied by a card game with a Panathenaic amphora and a poster with a Panathenaic amphora at a scale of 1 : 1.

The booklet can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "The Parthenon Frieze", as well as the relevant game of the internet application "The Parthenon Frieze".

pdf gif 18x16 ΤΩΝ ΑΘΗΝΗΘΕΝ ΑΘΛΩΝ (Prizes from Athens. The Panathenaic Games)

 

Parthenon Promenades


    In the book the messenger goddess Iris, from the east pediment of the temple, guides the reader through four imaginary promenades in the temple. In the first, "in Antiquity", he sees the Parthenon in its most magnificent form, as it was in 432 B.C. when it was finished by Perikles and Pheidias. In the second promenade "in History", Iris narrates the difficulties endured by the great temple, the major and minor damage it has suffered up to now. In the promenades "on the Acropolis" and "in the British Museum", Iris helps the reader to reconstruct the compositions in their entirety from the surviving fragmentary sculptures in the two Museums. Finally, in the "Epimetron", a complete picture is given of all the decorative sculpture of the Parthenon, filled in by the drawings of J. Carrey, who drew the sculpture in 1674, when it was still in place on the building.

    The book can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "The Parthenon Frieze".

 

A Greek Temple


    The book gives as simplified an account as possible of a complex and specialized subject. It describes the ancient temples, their use and function, their typology, their form, the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian styles, their sculptural and painted decoration, their construction and the materials used, the transportation of the stones from quarry to work-site, the ancient tools and the methods used for hoisting, setting and joining architectural members. The purpose is to present the ancient temples in a way that is easy to comprehend and enjoyable, so as to facilitate the approach of both educator and pupil to the architecture of the ancient monuments. The book is accompanied by drawings and 16 cards with photographs of the best known temples preserved in good condition throughout Greece.

    The book can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "A Greek Temple".

 

The Twelve Olympian Gods

 

    The book is a concise presentation of the educational Museum Kit “The Twelve Olympian Gods ”. It has been designed to be used separately as well, independent of the Museum Kit. It includes an introduction to the mythology and art of the ancient Greeks; it describes and connects the various booklets and games with each other. It gives directions for utilizing them and suggestions for the educator for a thematic type of teaching the “Twelve Gods” through mythology, history, art, language, natural history, science, and professional orientation. It presents the possibilities for making use of the Museum Kit in a museum, an archaeological site, an art gallery, a library and even a bookstore.

    It can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "The Twelve Olympian Gods".

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Morosini, the Venetians and the Acropolis

 

    The explosion of the dynamite storeroom in the Parthenon on 26 September 1687 was a grievous event in the history of art and architecture. Through this book the reader follows the chronicle of that troubled time and the moment when the decision was taken for the troops to go on the attack until their departure from Athens, focusing on the tragic act of the catastrophe. The book is illustrated by 8 unique engravings of the period that depict the explosion.

 

 

The Parthenon Sculpture

 

    The booklet describes the history and architecture of the Parthenon as well as the sculpture of the temple; the pediments, the metopes and the frieze as they are displayed inside the Parthenon Gallery at the Acropolis Museum. In the second part of the booklet some of the highlights of the Museum collection are presented. The booklet is accompanied by activities that help pupils enhance their  understanding of these masterpieces.

 

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 Acropolis and Education (Available only in Greek)

 

    The book constitutes a guide for a teacher to carry out educational programmes about the Acropolis and the classical antiquity. It is divided in two parts. Described in the first part are the activities of the Department (educational programmes, resources, seminars) as they were developed over the past 25 years. Presented in the second part of the book are a number of chosen projects that were carried out by educators and pupils, with which we have collaborated since 1991. The projects were arranged by subject: in a first level on the basis of the place where they took place (applications at School, at Special Schools, at Libraries, at other Monuments or Museums); in a second level on the basis of the teaching unit in which they were carried out (through the lessons in History, Applied Art, Language, Natural Sciences etc). The publication of the book was made possible with the very generous funding of the Panayotis and Effie Michelis Foundation.

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