The child who is born, the boy who becomes an adolescent, the adolescent who becomes a man, the girl who gradually progresses towards wedded life. These important stages in the life of an ancient Athenian required divine acceptance and support. Through an interactive presentation, students will have the opportunity to come into contact with exhibits of the Museum that reflect important stages on the way to adulthood in ancient Athens. A discussion will follow on whether similar stages and coming-of-age customs exist in modern society.

Premise of the activity and supporting material

The Museum’s exhibits form the basis of this program. During the activity, the Museum provides the following supporting material:

  • ancient literary and pictorial sources in electronic format
  • texts and images related to different stages of age in modern life, presented on digital tablets

This program is carried out by the Archaeologist-Hosts in all the galleries of the Museum.

Material for optional student activities before and after a visit to the Acropolis Museum

During your school group’s visit to the Acropolis Museum, the students will have the opportunity to learn about the significance of age and of coming of age in antiquity and today, as well as the way in which one can become familiar with these concepts using artefacts as a starting point. Some brief preparation with the students before their visit to the Museum can make the experience of this program even more fruitful.

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With their participation in the program, students will have the opportunity to:

  • familiarize themselves with the concepts of age and adulthood
  • familiarize themselves with the objects and the environment of the Museum
  • recognize the notion of the past and perceive the passing of time
  • enhance their senses
  • develop a critical eye, critical thinking, imagination, focus and memory
  • understand the value of teamwork and cooperation, develop social values
  • cultivate an aesthetic awareness
  • gain new interests and experiences
  • increase self-confidence and self-discovery
  • entertain themselves

Activity and School Program

  • The program promotes an interactive learning experience both on its own and when combined with the school curriculum.
  • Overseas schools - Greek schools abroad and foreign schools - can book for this educational program upon email request (learningattheacropolismuseum [dot] gr) at least one month prior to the desired date of visit.
  • This program can be given either in Greek or in English, only on Friday.
  • The Museum can receive a maximum of 50 students per group.
  • Ages: 15-18
  • Duration: 1 hour