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Athenian Agora

Located in the heart of modern Athens and attracting more than half a million  international visitors annually, the Agora was in ancient times the business, political, and legal center of Athens, bringing together citizens and foreigners, litigants and jurors, and merchants and philosophers. The School has been excavating at the Agora since 1931, and has brought to light a rich and splendid history of continuous habitation that extends over more than 5,000 years. The major public buildings of ancient Athens are now displayed in a thoughtfully landscaped archaeological park with all of the excavated artifacts and excavation records housed in the restored Stoa of Attalos. These finds have significantly expanded our knowledge of ancient Athenian life and culture, notably the origins and practice of democracy. Each summer, the Agora trains more than 60 students from American colleges and universities in modern archaeological techniques.

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September 20, 2021

Hesperia 90.3 Now Online!

We are pleased to announce the publication of Hesperia 90.3! Topics in this issue include a reexamination of the dedicatory inscription for the first Doric temple in Sicily, a look at the work of shipwrights and naval architects in Classical Athens, the publication of the Classical-period pediments, metopes, and akroteria from the Temple of Ares (Temple of Athena Pallenis), and a review of the Athenian funerary reliefs that depict women in Isiac dress.

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June 1, 2021

Hesperia 90.2 Now Online!

We are pleased to announce the publication of Hesperia 90.2! Topics in this issue include Hittite-Mycenaean relations in the Late Bronze Age, a rescue excavation in northern Piraeus, the inscriptions from Panakton, the so-called oracle of the dead at Tainaron, and the evidence for a Phrygian sculptor working in the Athenian Agora during the 3rd century A.D.

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March 4, 2021

Hesperia 90.1 Now Online!

We are pleased to announce the publication of Hesperia 90.1. Topics in this issue include Mt. Lykaion and its environs in the Early Iron Age, a reconstruction of Middle Phrygian Gordion, a curse assemblage from the Athenian Agora, and the Greek and Roman inscriptions from Corinth's Temple Hill.

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