Ancient Greece and Greece Today

Ancient Greece and Greece Today (travel course)

March 10 (Thursday) – March 19 (Saturday), 2011

Instructor: Kristina Chew

Credits: 3

This course combines on-site study of the archaeology and architecture of ancient Greece with reading of ancient texts written in and about ancient Greece and Athens, with the aim of resurrecting something of her ancient political, economic and cultural history. We will follow in the footsteps of Socrates and Aristotle and Alexander the Great.

Course Learning Objectives. Students finishing the course will:• Study the history of Greece from the 6th c. BC through the 6th c. AD.• Understand the topography of ancient Greece as these relate to Modern Greece, and vice versa.• Be competent at interpreting the physical remains of buildings as to the era of their construction and their function(s).• Be competent at interpreting art and other material remains as to the era of their manufacture and their function(s). • Have a sound knowledge of figures and events in the classical period of Greece, the Hellenistic Era, and modern Greece.

Course Requirements. The course requires the presence of the students in numerous locations throughout Greece.
Students are expected to: contribute to discussions informed by assigned readings on the monuments and their history (20%), complete short journal assignments (20%), make one on-site presentation to the group (40%), and write one essay (20%).

1. Readings. Please try to complete the readings BEFORE we go to Greece.

A guide book to Greece: I suggest the Blue Guide or the Rough Guide or Let’s Go Greece or Lonely Planet Guide to Greece.

Primary Readings (this list may change). Ancient authors assigned to be read for class are available online. Aeschylus, The Oresteia. ~ Euripides, Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus ~ Herodotus, History (selections).

Basic information on the monuments of Athens is available from the Greek Ministry of Culture.

2. Oral Presentations. The on-site presentations should be planned to be about 10- 15 minutes long. Students are to provide historical, archaeological, and mythological information about their chosen site and can choose one area or monument of a site to focus on.
–Sources for archaeological sites: Perseus; Wikipedia (!).

3. Essay.  8 – 10 page research essay that integrates student’s account of their experience in Greece. Students can also draw on their oral presentation.

4. For some basic information about traveling in Europe, see Rick Steves’ site.


March 10 Depart from Newark, NJ (USA) for Athens. 5.35pm

March 11 Depart form Athens to Corinth.  ~ Stop at Corinth Canal, visit Ancient Corinth, Mycenae. ~ Lunch  in Mycenae or Nauplion. ~ Visit Epidaurus. ~ Overnight  in  Nauplion. Park Hotel, 1 DEVERNAKION STREET, NAFPLION TOWN, NAFPLION, Phone: 866-539-0036.

March 12 Depart from Nauplion, drive to and visit Mystras. ~ Lunch in Mystras village ~ Drive and overnight stay in Olympia. Neda Hotel, 11, KARAMANLI STREET, ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Phone: 262-402-2563 / 262-402-2206.

March 13 Visit the archaeological site and museum of Olympia. ~ Lunch in Olympia or on the way to Delphi. ~ Overnight stay in Delphi. Parnassos Hotel, 32, V. PAVLOU & FRIDERIKIS STREETS, DELPHI. Phone: 226-508-2321.
**Jeff, Janel

March 14 Visit museum and archaeological sites of Delphi. ~ Lunch in the area. ~ Drive and overnight stay in Kalambaka. Famissi Eden Hotel, 42200 KOUMARIES STREET, KALAMBAKA, Phone: 243-202-4445.

March 15 Visit two of the monasteries in Meteora. ~ Lunch in Kalambaka. ~ Drive to Thessaloniki, visit the archaeological museum there and drive around the city as an orientation tour. ~ Overnight stay in Thessaloniki at the Capsis Hotel, 18 MONASTIRIOU STREET, THESSALONIKI, Phone: 231-059-6800.

March 16 Drive and visit Ancient Pella, the Macedonian tombs at Lefkadia and Vergina. ~ Lunch in Vergina. ~ Return and overnight stay in Thessaloniki at the Capsis Hotel, 18 MONASTIRIOU STREET, THESSALONIKI, Phone: 231-059-6800.

March 17 Drive and visit Dion.Lunch in Dion. ~ Return drive to Athens. Overnight stay in Athens. Philippos Hotel, MITSEON 3, MAKRIGIANNI, ATHENS, Phone: 210-922-3611.

March 18 Visit the Acropolis museum, the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora museum. ~ Lunch in the Plaka area. ~ Visit the National Archaeological Museum. ~ Overnight stay in Athens. Philippos Hotel, MITSEON 3, MAKRIGIANNI, ATHENS, Phone: 210-922-3611.

March 19 Depart for Athens back to Newark, NJ. Arrive 9.20pm.


About kristinachew

classicist | translator (of ancient Greek & Latin poetry & drama) View all posts by kristinachew

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