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date: 05 May 2021

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The classical period was a time of widespread travel throughout the Mediterranean, and Athens was but one city among many in which residents and visitors met and jostled up against one another in the streets, at festivals, and in the harbours. There are figures such as Ion of Chios and his contemporaries who regularly travelled in and out of Athens, and a very varied set of images emerges – the noisy harbour at Piraeus, the crowds at the Panathenaia, or the debut of an Aeschylean play in Syracuse. Rewriting classical Athens in terms of travel encounters reveals both sides of classical Athens – the enduring and the transient, the Parthenon and the port.

Keywords: classical Athens, classical period, Mediterranean, Ion of Chios, Piraeus, Panathenaia, Syracuse, Parthenon

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