In this project you will (1) use your text books and Perseus to research a building that stood in pre-Persian War Athens. (2) You will then "build" it on the MOO, basing your description on the findings of your research. You will be working in groups of 2-4.


Reconstruct one exterior face and one interior room of one of the buildings suggested below on MiamiMOO. Include at least *one* object in one of your rooms (see @create for object types.) Note that there is a 2 "room" minimum for this project, though you may choose to add more rooms, especially if you want to continue working on the same building as a later project. Also note that, for the MOO, the word "room" means any space. This includes exteriors, so that, for example, the Parthenon could include four exterior rooms (north, south, east and west facades) as well as interior rooms.

Be sure to make it clear from your description of the building (which can include activities occurring there), that you understand the function of the building in its original context.

In addition to the project itself (on the MOO), please hand in (electronically or hard copy) a bibliography of sources you used for your reconstruction, which should include a reference to at least one photograph of the site (from either a book or a web site). This bibliography should also include the name of your building, its room of origin (Delta, Eta, Zeta or Theta), a list of group members, and any other information you consider pertinent. For web sites other than Perseus with images of Athenian buildings, have a look at the sites linked to our Democracy Home Page (under Web resources) as well as the Skidmore Classics Page (click on Resources). Web sites should be cited with their title and URL.

OPTIONAL: If you would like to link images or web sites directly to your project, or learn more about the MOO editor, have a look at this MOO Editor Tutorial.


  1. Become more familiar and comfortable with using Perseus as a research tool.
  2. Learn how to use architectural plans and site photos along with textual evidence as the basis of your reconstructions of buildings which no longer exist.
  3. Learn the basics of MOO building, in preparation for later projects.
  4. Learn your assigned material well enough to be able to reassimilate it in a different setting.
  5. Become much more intimately familiar with analyzing and synthesizing the evidence for your building than you might if you were simply asked to read it.
  6. Get a feel for what kinds of effort is involved for this constructivist collaborative exercise and begin to develop the necessary individual strategies and group dynamics for successful completion of such assignments.
  7. See MOO evaluation criteria for more on the general objectives of MOO projects.




NOTE: Only one person can *own* a MOO object (this includes rooms), so you will need to decide who your group builder is, and only that person can enter and change text. An alternative is for that person to share his/her login name and password with other members of the group, at least for the duration of the project (you can later change your password again).

Athenian Democracy Home Page

Revised: 19 February 1996, SB