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Rugged mountains, turquoise seas, white-washed houses, magnificent ancient and modern architecture, festive music and dancing, and mouthwatering gastronomic cuisine – all these await students who choose the fascinating and historical country of Greece for their study abroad program. Walk where the earliest Greeks walked, and speak where the ancient philosophers Aristotle and Socrates spoke in the cradle of Western Civilization, the birthplace of democracy. See for yourself the seas that inspired Homer to write The Iliad and The Odyssey. Soak up the mythology that inspired classical drama and poetry. Understand the mindset that inspired modern psychology, and consider the roles of women in every aspect of Greek civilization. Learning in this setting will be like no other study you will pursue during your college experience.
We will visit Athens, home of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the birthplace of Western philosophy, rhetoric, architecture, and literature. In addition to the Ancient Agora, Mars Hill (famous for Saint Paul’s “Sermon on Mars Hill”), and the National Archaeology Museum, we will visit other sites of interest and get to know the city of Athens. We will visit Sounion, the site of the ruins of Poseidon’s temple, the spot from which Aegeus kept his heart-wrenching vigil as he awaited the return of his son Theseus. We will also make our way toward picturesque Tolon, stopping along the way at mystical Delphi, the lovely seaside village of Patras, Corinth (historically connected to Saint Paul), and ancient Olympia where you can run against your classmates in our own race.
We will headquarter for the remainder of the trip in the thriving resort village of Tolon, located in the northeastern corner of the Peloponnese, very near Nafplion, which was the first capital of the modern nation. Although Tolon has become somewhat more popular with tourists in recent years, it has retained all its charm and friendliness. From Tolon, we will make day trips to Mycenae and Epidaurus and visit the ancient theatre at Argos. We will cruise to a couple of Greece’s numerous and lovely islands, having our own private cookout to celebrate the end of the trip, the trip of your lifetime.
Greece’s notoriously warm hospitality is warmer than ever. Additionally, Greece is one of the “bargain” locations of Europe since prices have remained the same or have even come down over the past couple of years. Tourists are welcome, the Greek people are congenial and friendly, and we can enjoy a gorgeous country and incredible food as we experience the rich historical, literary, cultural, social, and artistic contributions of Greece. Much of Greece's history relates back to the primary thinkers and artists of ancient civilization when so many works of philosophy, the arts, and even history reflected the same principles. The courses offered in Greece will build on the country’s rich history and cultural traditions while program excursions will enhance and show the intersections of topics studied in each course.
Excursions may include: There will be multiple excursions in and around the Tolon and Athens vicinities. Excursions may include visits to Ephesus, Mycenae, Olympia, Corinth, Delphi, Patras, the temple of Poseidon, the Acropolis, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Ancient Agora.
Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk several miles each day, and you should bring shoes that are appropriate for comfortable walking. You may also walk over steep, uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain even in cities. Flip-flops are not recommended for such walking, although they can come in handy while in the seashore village of Tolon.
Classes: Classes will be held three hours per day during the week.
Accommodations: Budget accommodations in hotels in Athens, Patras, Delphi, and Tolon will include two meals a day (breakfast and dinner).