Summer Programs in Greece

Of Gods and the City: History, Art, and Architecture in Archaic and Classical Greece


  • Walk in the stadium at Olympia, home to the original Games.

  • Get a feel for the three-dimensional realities of ancient monuments, the landscape of Greece and its role in the story of its people.

  • Visit sites that provide vivid clues to ancient Greek religion.

Program

This intensive course (view complete syllabus) is ideal for students of the humanities who have an interest in ancient Greek history, art, religion, and culture. Life in contemporary Greece will also be discussed.

Through orientation sessions, lectures and extensive field trips, you will get a feel for the three-dimensional realities of ancient monuments, as well as for the landscape of Greece and its important role in the story of its people.

You will discover why there are few visible remains of the Spartans and visualize the battle of Marathon from the plain on which it was fought. You will walk in the stadium at Olympia-home to the original games-while observing the enormity of the project Athens undertook by hosting the 2004 Olympics.

Course Structure

Contact a Past ParticipantYour studies will begin in Athens, where you will visit several of its archaeological treasures: the Acropolis, the ancient Agora, the Kerameikos, and the National Archaeological Museum. Following your time spent in Athens, you will travel to other sites on mainland Greece to observe some of the centers of prehistoric Mycenaean civilization.

Additionally, you will visit sites that provide vivid clues to the ancient Greek religion and its fundamental link to the polis system. These sites include the panhellenic sanctuaries at Olympia, Delphi, Isthmia and Nemea; the city sites of Corinth, Sparta and Messene; and the battle sites of Marathon and Thermopylai.

Credits and Grades

You will earn the following semester hours of credit: 3 per session

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadline

  • March 31

Space is limited for this program. Apply today to reserve your place!