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Aristotle school to become museum
Sun May 3, 2009 5:25PM
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Lyceum remains, Athens, Greece
The Greek Ministry of Culture has announced plans to transform Aristotle's 2,500-year-old school into an outdoor museum.

The $5.9 million-dollar project, expected to be finished by next year, is funded by a donation from the partially state-owned Greek betting company OPAP.

The Greek government will not be funding the project after promising spending cuts in 2009 amid the global financial crisis.

"Saving money from the (ministry) budget is very important," Greek Culture Minister Antonis Samaras said Wednesday.

Samaras also announced that a translucent roof would be built over the ancient site, msnbc reported.

"This is a big project," Athens archaeological service official Aris Koronakis said Thursday. "The arc-shaped roof will cover the entire area which is 50-by-48 meters."

A student of Plato and the teacher of Alexander the Great, Aristotle (384-322 BCE), is one of the most important figures in Western philosophy.

His school in Athens was located on the grounds of the Lyceum, a public sports complex, the remains of which were found during construction work in 1996.

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