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Archeologists believe they have found Aristotle’s school

January 15, 1997

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Archeologists believe they have found the Lyceum, or school, where Greek philosopher Aristotle taught nearly 2,500 years ago.

Archeologists conducting a dig on the central Athens location of a planned museum of modern art have discovered a large 4th century B.C. gymnasium that is thought to be part of the Lyceum founded by Aristotle in 335 BC.

Aristotle, who lived from 384 to 322 BC, studied under Plato and tutored Alexander the Great. His Lyceum, where he taught until his death, was considered one of the three greatest schools of philosophy in ancient Greece and had been sought by archeologists for over 150 years.

Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos said today the ruins most probably ``are those of the Lyceum of Athens,″ but added he did not want to give too much information because the scientific presentation of the dig will be made in March.

Venizelos said archeologists working on the dig ``believe the museum building can be erected and the ruins can co-exist with them and can be visited.″

The museum was designed by the renowned architect, I.M. Pei.

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