In 1762, scholars from the UK published Antiquities of Athens, an illustrated guide to Greece’s ancient monuments, prompting thousands of Europeans to set off and see the sights for themselves. Since then, the systematic excavation of ancient Greece has shed light on details about a culture that has so many parallels with our own.
Today, there’s a wealth of monuments, temples, and ruined estates for travelers to explore. Athens alone has the Acropolis, the majestic Periklean and the central Agora—enough to fill a week’s itinerary.
But for those of us with less than a scholar’s knowledge of the classics, it can be hard even knowing where to begin. That’s where Dylan Rogers, the Assistant Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (known for its impressive Gennadius Library, a 120,000-strong collection of books, maps and artifacts dating back to the Byzantine period), comes in. Over the past decade, Dylan has excavated all over the Mediterranean, from Sicily to Turkey. Here are 10 of his favorite sites in the “land of Gods”: