A philosophical roll to Plato’s Academy and Oedipus Rex
This tour will take you to places of ancient philosophical significance in Athens.
You will meet our guide at our Start Point in the center of Athens. After a short safety briefing we’ll put on our helmets, get on our bikes, and set off. Our destination is the park of the Academy, the site of Plato’s renowned school of philosophy, and the adjacent Plato Museum, which provides visitors with a fascinating virtual tour of Plato’s thought and philosophy. Here we shall have a refreshment and read an extract from Plato’s dialogue “The Symposium” to inspire our discussion.
Our tour will pass through various sights of the city, ancient and modern. On the way we shall visit the hill of Kolonos, the sacred hill where Oedipus met his prophesied end at the hands of the Furies. With Sophocles’ great drama in mind, this will be an ideal place to contemplate ancient Greek theater and the recurring conflict – even in the modern age, and in our everyday lives – of the Dionysian and the Apollonian.
We shall end our tour back at the Start Point, where we can debate and philosophize in the open air with a rooftop snack and a glass of wine.
- Safety gear
- A bottle of mineral water
- Rooftop refreshments & Greek ‘meze’ (snack)