Every summer, on the night of the August full moon, many archaeological sites stay open for the public till late. This is the only day of the year most Athenians visit the Acropolis (admission is free) and the potential magic of an evening among the ancient ruins under the full moon is destroyed by the crowds. However, it remains a special evening and we highly recommend a stroll on the sacred rock during the evening of the 24 of August.
Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity (hence the terms lunacy and lunatic) and various “magical phenomena” such as lycanthropy. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon. They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect. In one instance, the 23 December 2000 issue of the British Medical Journal published two studies on dog bite admission to hospitals in England and Australia. The study of the Bradford Royal Infirmary found that dog bites were twice as common during a full moon, whereas the study conducted by the public hospitals in Australia found that they were less likely.