What was a sacrifice? How was it done? Why was it done? In this three-hour Parthenon for Kids tour, we'll explore these questions and more as we wander through the ruins of the Acropolis and Agora and piece together a portrait of ancient Athenian society. Along the way we'll run through a series of activities and games that make the material come alive and help us explore the role of rites and rituals during antiquity.
Theater Of The Gods
We begin with a visit to the theater of Dionysus on the south slope of the Acropolis. Festivals of ancient drama took place here, including those of the famous tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. We'll look at how Greek drama was intrinsically connected with the cults of the god Dionysus. Thus we will talk not only about the annual festivals, but also about the actual rites of Bacchus, the maenads, and the ecstasy that worshippers aimed to achieve.
Parthenon for Kids
We will then walk up the hill of the Acropolis, where we will discuss myths and rites associated with the gods worshipped there, such as the contest between Athena and Poseidon over the tutelage of Athens. We we can continue on to the Agora and its ancient ruins. Walking along the Panathenaic Way we will discuss the Panathenaic Festival, a celebration in honor of Athena in which Athenian maidens would carry a robe to the goddess and place it on her cult statue in the Erechtheion.
Using the theme of rites and rituals to guide us, this walk introduces children and their parents to the Acropolis and ancient Athenian society.
What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.
What is a semi-private tour?
Our semi-private tours cover many of the same itineraries as our private tours, but they place you with other travelers in groups of 6 or less. They operate on a pre-scheduled calendar, and are designed to provide an opportunity to engage with and learn from other travelers. Most of our semi-private tours require at least three (3) participants to run, although there is some variation from walk to walk. However, there is some variation from walk to walk. As you sign up for a tentative walk we display the minimum number required in order to confirm.
What is the Acropolis Combined ticket and how does it work?
The Acropolis combined tickets are valid for admission to Acropolis and Slopes, Ancient Agora, Hadrian's Library, Kerameikos, Aristotle's Library [Lykeion], Olympieion, Roman Agora and can be used for 5 days after the first entrance.