Mieza, Macedonia

For other uses, see Mieza (disambiguation).
Excavations of the "Aristotle School" near Naousa.
Facade of the "Tomb of the Palmettes" (3rd BC)

Mieza (Greek: Μίεζα), "shrine of the Nymphs", was a village in Ancient Macedon, where Aristotle taught the boy Alexander the Great between 343 BC and 340 BC.[1]

Mieza was named for Mieza, in ancient Macedonian mythology, the daughter of Beres and sister of Olganos and Beroia. It was the home of Alexander's companion Peucestas.

Aristotle was hired by Alexander's father, Philip II of Macedon, to teach his son, and was given the Temple of the Nymphs as a classroom. In return, Philip re-built and freed the citizens of Stagira, Aristotle's hometown, which he had razed in a previous conquest across Greece and Macedon.[2]

The site where Mieza once stood is near the modern town Náousa and has been the subject of archeological excavations since 1954.[3]


  1. pothos.org. Aristotle (384-322 BC)
  2. DeGategno, Paul J. and Stubblefield, R. Jay (2006). Critical Companion to Jonathan Swift, p. 32. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 1438108516
  3. Orkin, Lisa (18 July 1999). "Greece – Ruins Renewed: Seeking New Life For Past Glories". The Seattle Times (via Associated Press).

Coordinates: 40°37′50″N 22°05′54″E / 40.63069°N 22.09844°E / 40.63069; 22.09844

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