Competition seems to play an important role in the life and art of both the ancient and the modern world. Athletic, musical, dramatic and other contests have been depicted on familiar and lesser known exhibits at the Acropolis Museum, since the ancient Athenians used to honour the gods by participating in and watching various contests. Students will have the opportunity to learn about contests in antiquity through an interactive presentation of these exhibits. At the same time, they will explore and discuss the form and role of competition in modern times.

Premise of the activity and supporting material

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

  • ancient literary and pictorial sources in electronic form
  • texts and images about modern contests, presented on digital tablets

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

Some brief preparation with the students before their visit to the Museum can make the experience of this program even more fruitful. During your school group’s visit to the Acropolis Museum, the students will come into contact with the concept of the contest in ancient times and today, and learn about ways of exploring this, using the Museum’s artefacts as a starting point.

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

  • familiarize themselves with the concept of competition, the form of racing facilities, the role of contestants, judges, spectators, etc., in antiquity and today
  • 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 importance 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