Plato founded the first university
- The Academy. A star pupil of The Academy
for twenty years was Aristotle. Plato died but The Academy lived on for
hundreds of years. Aristotle, however, left to start his own school in
Athens - The Lyceum. Like many of Aristotle's writings, The Lyceum was
lost to the ages. But just in 1997, an ancient site was discovered under
a parking lot. It turns out to the the site of The Lyceum! The following
is from a press release made by the Greek Embassy.
SCHOOL DISCOVERED IN CENTRAL ATHENS
efforts of archaeologists to discover it for 150 years, the Lyceum
where Aristotle is believed to have taught in the 4th century
BC was accidentally unearthed in January by workers on a construction
site for a projected Museum of Modern Art.
The excavations on what was previously an unpaved parking lot
have revealed a large ancient complex with a central courtyard
and palaestra (wrestling area) which archaeologists have confirmed
as belonging to the Lyceum where Aristotle (384-322 BC) founded
his Peripatetic School the name which denoted the arcade where
he walked and talked to his small groups of students.
Discovery of the ancient site, which is located only some 600
meters from the central Constitution Square of Athens, means that
an alternative site will now have to be found for the modern art
museum, funded by the Goulandris family and designed by I.M. Pei.
Confirmation of the discovery of Aristotle's school came only
days after archaeologists announced the discovery of the cave
retreat of the poet and dramatist Euripides (480-406 BC) on the
island of Salamis, off the coast of Attica.
Greece Press Office
February 1997, Vol. 3, number 2
We don't know what treasures await at The Lyceum site.
To be sure, archeologists are turning every pebble to find out. Could
an unknown work by the greatest philosopher in history be coming to