Students have until Oct. 18 to sign up for the study away trip to Greece taking place between Dec. 27 and Jan. 11. This winter intersession course, “Heroes and Heritage of Ancient Greece: Athens, Aegina, and Mycenae,” led by the department of modern and classical languages, seeks to study the development of ancient Greek culture and politics from which to draw perspective on the country’s ongoing economic difficulties.
In this course (MCL 550), students will visit key sites that shaped Greek civilization to study the historical events and traditional figures associated with those landmarks, including Salamis—where ancient Greek states won victory over Persia (as popularized in the movie 300: Rise of an Empire)—and Aigina—legendary birthplace of Trojan War figures Achilles and Ajax. At these sites we compare the recent popularizing treatment with the ancient landscape and historical record, with perspective on the foundations of democracy and drama.
*Subject to change
- Oct. 18: Deadline to apply
- Dec. 5: Pre-travel meeting to discuss trip expectations
- Dec. 27: Depart for Greece
- Dec. 28-31: Visit Acropolis, Agora, and Kerameikos
- Jan. 1-8: In Aigina and the Argolid with visits to the temple of Aphaia and other archaeological sites, as well as hiking to explore the landscape and evolving community
- Jan. 9-10: In Athens with visit to the National Archaeological Museum
- Jan. 11: Depart for Springfield
- TBA: post-travel meeting to discuss program evaluation, recommendations and reflections on the experience
Interested in going?
Find out more information about how to get started in study away or contact the Greece trip program directors,