The monument of Philopappos is a funerary monument located at the top of the Hill of the Muses, on the north west side of the Acropolis. It was constructed during the Roman occupation (2nd c. A.D.), in honour of Gaius Antiochus Philopappos - benefactor of the city of Athens. The monument, made of marble and stone, bears a relief at the upper part which depicts scenes from the life of Gaius Philopappos.

The monument was adopted by pupils from the 9th Kallithea High School, who immediately formed 4 committees and 5 groups, in order to study better different aspects of the monument. The committees were responsible for bibliographical research, gathering press releases, and collecting photos, paintings and engravings depicting the monument.


discussion about the monument

The architecture group dealt with the plan of the monument, its material and building technique, studied the typology, examined the topography of Athens in Roman times and commented on the location of the monument in relation to the city's walls and other public and private buildings.


the sculpture group

The sculpture group treated the subject of the sculptural adornment of the monument.
The depiction of Philopappos and his father inspired the creation of a family tree. The inscriptions group studied the surviving carvings in Latin and Greek and gained an understanding of the importance of written testimonies for historical research.
The task of the environmental group was to discuss issues of landscape architecture. It also noticed the negative effects of weeds and consulted special scientists.


at the monument of Philopappos

The conservation group surveyed the damage done by human and natural factors and investigated techniques for the preservation and conservation of stone.

The Mass-Media committee published 5 articles and gave interviews denouncing not only the abuse of the pavement by buses and cars, but also the lack of lighting and guards at the site.


collage made by the students

An exhibition entitled «Lets meet a familiar and yet unknown monument of Athens: the monument of Philopappos» was organised at the school premises.
Visitors, first, filled in a questionnaire about the monument and were, then, given a guided tour.


Exhibition and guided tour at the monument

They were also offered an informative leaflet and a bookmark designed by the pupils. At the end of the final year of the project, pupils also organised guided tours at the monument itself.

As they declared, «the Adoption Project was a fascinating adventure of knowledge. From now on our visit on the Philopappos Hill will never be the same...»


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