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Outing #4: Drip Drop, Not Tick Tock

Acropolis & Agora, Athens, Greece

Tower of the Winds


To continue our tour of ancient cultures, we got our tourist on at the Acropolis and Agora in Athens, Greece. To join us, start with this short video from the ultimate tour guide, Rick Steves.

Then, to explore on your own, take a self guided virtual tour.

Finish with a short introduction to one of the less common, but fascinating structures: The Tower of the Winds. The tower acted as both weather station and town clock.


  • Which sites in the Acropolis or Agora were most interesting to you? Why?

  • Where do people gather in your community? What do they do there? How are these places similar to or different from sites in the Acropolis and Agora?

  • How do you get information about the time and weather? How is that different to people in Ancient Greece?

  • What do you think will be left of your community in 2500 years?


I was particularly fascinated by the idea of a water clock to keep time when clouds blocked the sun, moon, and stars. Try making your own water clock using this activity from the National Watch and Clock Museum.


Post your deep thoughts about ancient Greece or photos of your water clocks in the comments below, via Facebook, or by email!

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