The Epigraphical Museum in Athens is a very specialised museum, which is unlikely to appeal to most tourists or even locals. As part of my project to visit every museum in Athens though, I of course had to see what it was all about! Here's what I thought…
Epigraphical Museum in Athens
This is going to be a very quick museum review! At it's fundamental level, the Epigraphical Museum in Athens is basically just a collection of inscribed stone slabs and rocks. These include proclamations, announcements, memorials, and grave stele. The vast majority of these are inscribed in various versions of ancient Greek, with a handful also in Latin. The dates of the exhibits range from the 8th century BC to the 16th century.
By the description above, you can probably already tell that the Epigraphical Museum in Athens is not a place everyone will want to visit! Really, you have to have an intense interest in Ancient Greece, be studying archaeology, or be a language specialist. There were a few things of interest that I noted during my time there though. One, was how during a certain period of time, there were no spaces between words on the inscribed slabs. Another, was how the letters were perfectly aligned both horizontally and vertically on some of the slabs. Mainly though, it felt that I was just wandering around a museum storage room!
So in conclusion, the Epigraphical Museum in Athens is a wonderful place for academics, but probably not worth the while of most people visiting Athens for just a few days. If for some reason you don't believe me, and want to check it out for yourself, here is some information that you may find useful.