The Athenian Agora and the Stoa of Attalos
The EcoFans complete their activities for 2009-2010 with a visit to the Ancient Agora and the Stoa of Attalos.
In collaboration with the American School of Classical Studies, the EcoFans Juniors Club selected the Athenian Agora and the Stoa of Attalos as the final stop for their ecological and historical journey this year. The Athenian Agora has been the center of the city for the last five thousand years. Here one can feel and observe the
coexistence of monuments, people and nature. This is a neighborhood, a place of gathering for different people of different identities coming from a variety of places: philosophers and merchants, generals and shopkeepers, politicians and the poor; everyone gathered here, at the heart of the city. What are we to learn from the Athenian Agora? Something very simple, really: no matter how different we all are there is one thing we share in common: the space we occupy, the place we call our home,
our neighborhood, our world. It is our obligation to preserve and protect this common space not only for our own sake but also for the sake of generations to come.
The EcoFans members, their parents and friends along with students from the Hellenic American University studying Environmental Science and accompanied by their instructors, received a guided tour of the archeological site by Craig Mauzy, Manager of the Agora Excavations1. Club members and friends were informed about the monuments and vegetation and their connection to people and their work; they compared past and present as these are revealed by the excavations at the site. At the end of the tour the EcoFans had the rare opportunity to visit the second floor of the Stoa of Attalos which is closed to the public. There they discussed the restoration of the monument and admired the archeological site from a unique vantage point.
Summary of observations and comments made by the children
• Waste disposal facilities on the site are in good condition; however trash bins should be emptied more regularly.
• The areas around the monuments are generally clean and in good condition.
• Vegetation at the archeological site needs careful attention.According to the information the children heard, vegetation was supposed to serve as background to the monuments.The current state of trees and plants, however, with their uncontrolled growth prevents, in some cases, direct visual contact with the monuments and other areas of the Agora.
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