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Aristotle's Lyceum, Athens

2.1
Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Scenic Walking Area
Aristotle (384 – 322 BCE) was a Greek philosopher born in Stagirus, northern Greece, in 384 BCE. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was a child, whereafter Proxenus of Atarneus became his guardian. At eighteen, he joined Plato's Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven (c. 347 BCE). His writings cover many subjects – including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government – and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. Shortly after Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and, at the request of Philip of Macedonia, tutored Alexander the Great between 356 and 323 BCE. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, "Aristotle was the first genuine scientist in history. ... Every scientist is in his debt."
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  • It was interesting to learn that this famous place of scholarship from antiquity was excavated only in 1996 during preparatory works for a new Modern Art Museum. In the lovely early spring afternoon....  more »
  • There's really not a lot to see here, apart from the foundations of the building that used to form Aristotle's school. There is good information on the board to help you to imagine what it would have....  more »
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  • Neat place! Somewhat off the beaten path. When we visited there was only one other couple there. Very interesting of you are into history.
  • There is hardly anything left to see here. While I can appreciate the historical significance of the site, a recreation of the lykeion would be quite a bit more interesting to see than what is essentially a field of grass intersected by the outline of where the walls would have been... even with the 30 euros pass, this is hardly worth the detour. By far the least interesting site on there.

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