Afternoon.  11th of October. Syrian children are asked to solve the mystery. In the field of the Roman Agora, where the roman people, the administration, the politicians and the economists of the roman era coexisted, there is a hidden information written in the Arabic language…! Children, benefactors from the REACT program, after looking carefully at various points of the site, discovered that a musical performance will take place at the Odeon of the Agora. We moved to Odeon’s site, where children and parents through a game of questioning prepared by the guides met the operation and use of space.
In a coin matrix they “cut off” coins outside of the mint, so that we could all together visit the  foundations of the ancient shops imagining  that we are shopping at a “jewelery ” and that we are repairing our shoes in a “shoemaker”!
Thessaloniki, 2012. On the roman remnants of  the “via Decumanus Maximus” , it is revealed on the slabs an engraved game, with which Roman soldiers and centurions enjoyed their time, while enhancing the spirit and strategic thinking. Today, Iraqi teenagers, children and mothers from Syria are aware of and played “Tabula Lusoria”. The game, which played the 3rd and 4th centuries AD, disturbs the interest of Arab refugees in 2017. The Latin word “Tabula” is so close to the Arabic word “Taoula” (= table).

The afternoon ends with the narrative about the two-sided statues – pillars, the famous “enchanted”, which sheltered the arcade that connected the palace of Alexander the Great and the other that hosted a Thracian King. Tomorrow in their school refugee children will narrate  to the other children and teachers that they visited and Guided with YMCA to the ancient Roman Agora, they saw a piece of the city’s  history, like their other classmates, perhaps. …

Anna Magdalini Argyri