GREECE: SPRING 3-WEEK; APRIL-MAY, 2018
INTD 28000: Greek Culture of the Ancient World: Archaeology and Art History
Explore historic sites, including temples, theaters, palaces and citadels related to important aspects of Greek cultural history during ancient eras from the Bronze age (c. 1400) to the late Hellenistic period (c. 150 BCE). Connect the geographic locations and archaeological artifacts found at historic sites and in museums to the important events, people, religious and political ideologies and institutions that guided the Greeks in ancient times and motivated their considerable artistic productivity.
Much of the Western tradition in art, thought and culture is rooted in the activities, events and arts of ancient Greece. During this excursion, we will address the foundations of style, content and ideology found in art from all periods that in influenced the ideas and approaches of subsequent artists and thinkers from Renaissance to Modern times. Explore basic questions of ideal form, significant meaning and common subject matter in art as well as issues such as patronage, political unity and unrest, control and a variety of other historical factors that contributed to the flourishing of Greek culture in this period.
Discover ancient Greece’s impact on art throughout this 17-day trip.
Athens and Aegina Island
During the first few days of the program, take in the heart of ancient Greek culture by visiting the important monuments on and near the Acropolis. Nearby sites outside of Athens, including on Aegina Island, will provide useful comparisons with earlier Archaic period monuments and artistic visions.
We will travel to the Peloponnese, a beautiful medieval city in the northeastern region of Nafplion. There, we will explore the Bronze Age culture that existed in the region, named Mycenaean by its discoverer, Heinrich Schliemann, in 1870.
Olympia and Delphi
We will set out on a few days of road travel mostly in the western Peloponnese, to Olympia and Delphi, the most important sites for cementing ancient Greek identity and unity among the independent city-states of the culture.
Crete and Thera (Santorini)
The remainder of the trip will be spent on two Aegean Islands where examples of Bronze Age Minoan civilization (as named by its discoverer, Sir Arthur Evans, in 1905) have been excavated.
Students will be required to attend on-campus orientation sessions prior to the trip and are responsible for obtaining a passport, passport fees and personal expenses.
- Estimated Program Cost: $4,300; Costs include round trip airfare, housing, meals, entrance fees and tips. Personal expenses, passport fees, and independent travel are not included.
- Application Deadline: October 7, 2017; A $75 non-refundable fee is due upon receipt of your application. This fee is used to pay for processing costs, an International Student Identity Card, passport holder, and luggage tags.