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Socrates, Plato, and the Pursuit Of Happiness

Learn about the history of Greek philosophy and its impact on Athenian society
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About the Tour
Private Tour
$ 360
Category
History
Duration
2 hours
Location
Athens
Photos & Highlights
  • Socrates in Athens tour led by a trained classicist or philosophy scholar
  • Discuss philosophy in the same spot as Socrates
  • Platonic Academy, Akadimia Platonos Neighborhood, and Church of St. Trifonos
Tour Description
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9 Reviews (4.64)

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What worked? Just about everything. Rather than simply delivering a prepared presentation while touring us through the site, Georgia did a wonderful job tailoring her talk to the specific individuals in our group. She posed questions for each of us to answer and invited lots of discussion. I thought she did an exceptional job engaging our 14-year-old daughter (who was the one who chose this particular tour). Georgia made the information, history, people, and concepts accessible to her while keeping the adults interested, too. We were very impressed with the entire experience. What didn't work? The only suggestion I can think of is that Georgia might benefit from a small binder containing some visual materials: a street map to use when she describes the site's location in relation to the rest of the city and where Plato's house was, some drawings of the overall site layout, and perhaps some illustrations (artists' conceptions) to help us imagine what the buildings might have looked like, how the students might have dressed, and so on. I think that would enhance this experience even more.
This was a bit of a departure from the usual tours. Our guide was good at guiding us through the philosophy basics and inspiring us to have deeper discussion and thoughts. Much enjoyed.
The first part about the gymnasium was too long proportionately to the rest of the tour, but it was a fantastic tour and I liked the questions and discussions that she asked us, my friends and I were discussing over the next several days.