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article imageSite of Aristotle’s School to Become Outdoor Museum

By Christopher Szabo     May 5, 2009 in World
The school of one of the founders of Western philosophy is to become a museum, the Greek Ministry of Culture has announced. Aristotle’s school was on the site of the Lyceum, a public sports complex, whose remains were found in 1996.
The Hungarian language website Mult Kor reports that the restoration work of the open museum, located in the centre of Athens, is expected to cost about $6 million.
The website says only the foundations of the wrestling hall and some low walls remain of the original Lyceum, as well as certain portions of baths dating from the Roman era. A clear curved roof will be built over the 50 by 48 meter site. Archaeologists have sought the site for over 150 years.
Aristotle was one of the founders of modern Western thought. He was a pupil of Plato who was himself a disciple of Socrates. Aristotle went on to become tutor of Alexander the Great. His original school, dating from 335 B.C., met in an informal manner in the Lyceum.
Aristotle set himself the task of studying all human experience. His school came to be called “Peripatetic,” after his habit of walking while expounding his theories.
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