Academy Full
An Academy


Higher Education

Building Cost

115,000 Coins 111,000 Supplies

Happiness provided




Building Time

14 Hours


Late Middle Ages




Exotic Goods Vendor



The Academy is a cultural building that gives 980 happiness and has the size of 4x4 tiles (61.25 happiness per tile)

Background History

Initially it was the name of an educational institution of classical Athens : the Academy founded by Plato, which was named after a legendary hero of Greek mythology, Academo. It was located in the demo KOLONOS, one mile northwest of the city, on land acquired by Plato around 384 a.C., where there was an olive grove, a park and a gym. The instruction there imparted included the study of mathematics, the natural sciences and dialectic. There were other similar institutions in antiquity, as the Lyceum Aristotle, scientific institutions of ancient Alexandria (Museum, Library) or gatherings of intellectuals of ancient Rome (as Circle of Maecenas or Augustus court, or Ateneo or "Roman school " of Hadrian), which to some extent shared with those functions that are sometimes called "academies", although it is unusual. The Platonic Academy and other cultural institutions deemed "pagan" by christians survived until 529 when the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I ordered its closure.

In the Middle Ages, the word "academy" has come to designate in Latin Christendom the body of teachers, meeting with students in a particular place (the choir - school monastic cathedral school, palate - or school - Studium Studium Generale) which professed a bouquet of teaching, especially so in the medieval university was named senior faculty.

In the Renaissance Florentine Platonic Academy founded (1440). From it spread the idea of ​​academia as a cultural institution where, outside the scope of the university, which had been stagnant in the scholastic, is posibilitaba contact and exchange of ideas among the many disciplines intellectuals that included the new concept of humanist (philosophogists, poets, artists, scientists, and conditions that often coincide in the same person). They were essential to the onset of modernity that led to the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century : Linceana Academy in Rome, the Accademia del Cimento in Florence, the Royal Society in England (1660), the French Academy of Sciences in Paris (1666).

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