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Aristotle’s landmark school to get new roof

A steel-and-glass roof is to be erected over the famed Lyceum established by the philosopher Aristotle on land that was just outside the walls of Ancient Athens but which today lies near the Evangelismos Hospital in Kolonaki. Culture Minister Antonis Samaras revealed yesterday that 13 years after the ancient school was discovered, the site is to get a translucent protective roof and be turned into a 3.6-hectare «archaeological park» that will be linked with the Byzantine and Christian Museum. Work on the project, which will cost 4.5 million euros, is to begin soon and is due to be completed by 2011. It will be funded by the partly state-owned betting company OPAP. Aristotle opened the Lyceum in 335 BC upon his return to Athens following a period during which he taught Alexander the Great. It is considered a landmark in the progress of Western philosophy.