Educational programs

The educational programs are offered free of charge to school groups that do not exceed 30 pupils. Their duration is about an hour and a half. For reservation prior arrangement is required at 2108232950 and 2108847577.

Primary School

What did the first scripts look like? What was the provenance of the Greek alphabet? In what ways did they write and in what materials? What information do the ancient inscriptions give us? The program deals with the birth of writing and the stages of development of ancient Greek script until the introduction of the Ionian alphabet (5th century BC), which is still in use in modern times in Greece. The program is interactive, as students actively participate in the reading of ancient Greek inscriptions in the Museum’s exhibition, study selected ancient inscriptions and observe their special characteristics. Through specially designed activities they come in contact with the work of an ancient cutter of inscriptions and the work of the modern epigraphist who studies them.

Alpha, alef, ox! What is the relation between letters and pictograms? When did people first write and with what symbols? What are the limitations and possibilities of writing with pictograms and ideograms? The program deals with the evolution of writing in the eastern Mediterranean and the development of pre-alphabetic writing in Greece, the transition from the pictogram, the ideogram and from there to the syllable. The program includes a workshop where students are transformed into “scribes” of Linear B and Cretan hieroglyphic writing.

Secondary School

What did the first scripts look like? What was the provenance of the Greek alphabet? In what ways did they write and in what materials? What information do the ancient inscriptions give us? The program deals with the birth of writing and the stages of development of ancient Greek script until the introduction of the Ionian alphabet (5th century BC), which is still in use in modern times in Greece. The program is interactive, as students actively participate in the reading of ancient Greek inscriptions in the Museum’s exhibition, study selected ancient inscriptions and observe their special characteristics. Through specially designed activities they come in contact with the work of an ancient cutter of inscriptions and the work of the modern epigraphist who studies them.

Alpha, alef, ox! What is the relation between letters and pictograms? When did people first write and with what symbols? What are the limitations and possibilities of writing with pictograms and ideograms? The program deals with the evolution of writing in the eastern Mediterranean and the development of pre-alphabetic writing in Greece, the transition from the pictogram, the ideogram and from there to the syllable. The program includes a workshop where students are transformed into “scribes” of Linear B and Cretan hieroglyphic writing.

Education project in collaboration with the Ephorates of Antiquities of Attica

 “Stories from the past. Attica through the ancient inscriptions

The program includes the attendance of two educational activities. The first is in the Epigraphic Museum and the second is in the neighboring school museum. At the end it takes place a student day, where each school group presents the historical information about their area, drew from the ancient inscriptions.

What information do the ancient inscriptions give us about the area we live in? Do we know the names of people who once lived here? What were their names? Did they have surnames? How did they amuse? Did they participate in celebrations? When they had financial problems how did they deal with them? What is the historical value of ancient inscriptions? Selected ancient inscriptions will give the answers to the above questions and will reveal aspects of everyday life in antiquity.

The aim of the action is to get acquainted with the ancient inscriptions, to recognize them as direct historical sources, as well as their correlation with the area where they were found and the local history. The action is implemented in collaboration with the Ephorates of Antiquities of Attica, which participate with the following sites: Archaeological site and Museum of the Ancient Agora of Athens, Archaeological site and Museum of Κeramikοs, Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, Archaeological Collection of Acharnes, Archaeological Exhibition in Aigaleo Metro Station, Archaeological site and Museum of Marathon, Archaeological site and Museum of Vravrona, Archaeological site and Museum of Lavrion.