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An academy (Attic Greek: Ἀκαδήμεια; Koine Greek Ἀκαδημία) is an institution of secondary education or higher learning, research, or honorary membership. The name traces back to Plato's school of philosophy, founded approximately 385 BC at Akademia, a sanctuary of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and skill, north of Athens, Greece.

The School of Athens, fresco by Raphael (1509–1510), of an idealized Academy.

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Intro  The original Academy  Ancient and medieval institutions  Renaissance academies in Italy  17th- and 18th-century academies in Europe  Modern use of the term academy  See also  References  Further reading  External links  

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