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Meet the partners: wonders of Ancient Greece

The CULT-TIPS partners are spread across the whole of Europe and live close to some fascinating cultural heritage. In this series of blog posts we'd like to introduce you to some of the iconic heritage that our partners want to share!

Athens, birthplace of democracy

Acropolis means "the highest point of the city" in Greek. It is a 156-metre-high rock located in the middle of the capital Athens, with a flat top and very steep slopes. Because of its location, it can be seen from miles away from Athens.

The patron goddess Athena had her main sanctuary here. On the rock are many impressive sights. There are sacred temples, all dedicated to different gods, the most important of which was goddess Athena. The most important buildings are the Parthenon, the Nike Temple, the Propylaea and the Erechtheion. The monuments on the Acropolis of Athens are universal symbols of classical civilisation. They are the greatest architectural and artistic buildings of ancient Greece.

Home of theatre

The Dionysus Theatre built from the 6th century BC is located at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens on the southern side. This is the oldest known theatre in the world and was built in honour of the God Dionysus who was protector of the dramatic arts. It was here, in this theatre, that the four great Greek poets Aristophanes, Aeschylos, Sophocles and Euripides first saw their masterpieces played. The theatre could accommodate about 15,000 spectators.

Theatre is an interesting way of thinking about computational thinking - a script, with scenes and stage instructions, work in much the same way as a code for a computer. The only difference is that a computer, unlike actors, can't give its own spin to the piece!

Greek partner: IDEC

Our Greek partners, IDEC, are based in Piraeus, the port of Athens. You can see the port from the Acropolis on a clear day. They're responsible for the online teacher training programme in the project.


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