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F&M's Summer Program in Greece

CLS 271: Ancient Greek Life and Culture

CLS 271 Ancient Greek Life and Culture
(Prof. O’Bryhim and Prof. Vergados)
The Classics Department is pleased to offer for the second time last year’s successful study abroad course ‘Ancient Greek Life and Culture.’ The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Greek civilization through visits to important archeological sites throughout Greece, and to examine select works of Greek literature in their possible performance context.
There will be one week of classes at F&M (May 11-15, 2009) in which the students will be introduced to important background material related to Greek history, art and archeology, and literature. Between May 16-29 we will be traveling to Greece (see itinerary below).
During the week of classes each student will be assigned a monument on which he/she will prepare a 10 p. paper. This paper will then be condensed into a 15 min. presentation, to be delivered in Greece at the site. Guidelines and bibliography will be provided. While in Greece, students will also have to compose short essays on topics related to the sites we will be visiting.
May 11-15: meetings at F&M
May 16: Departure for Athens
Day 1: Sunday May 17th: Arrival in Athens. Transfer by private bus and assistance to our centrally located hotel nearby Plaka. Visit Acropolis on our own (closes at 6pm). Dinner on our own and overnight in Athens at Hotel Astor or similar.
Day 2: Monday May 18th: ATHENS After breakfast, depart on foot for visit of Kerameikos (closes at 3pm) and possibly Agora (on Monday the museum opens after 11:00 and the site closes at 5:30pm) After lunch (on our own - suggestion: Ouzo place ‘Scholarcheion’ in Plaka) take the subway towards Omonia visit the National Archaeological Museum and the Inscription Museum (currently open until 3pm). Overnight in Athens at Hotel Astor or similar.
Day 3: Tuesday May 19th:  ATHENS – CORINTH – NEMEA– NAUPLION Morning departure by private bus 8:00am to reach Peloponnese towards Nauplion. On the way, stop at Ancient Corinth for a visit and then stop at the ancient site of Nemea. Optional stop at local winery to see how the red “agiorgitiko” wine is being made - wine tour and tasting. Continue to the picturesque town of Nauplion. (Recommendation: visit the Palamidi Castle on the top or the Bourtzi island reachable by small dinghy) Overnight Pension Marianna (Dinner recommendations in Nauplion: Tavern ‘Vassilis’ in the old town tel.: 27520-25334 or ‘Fanaria’ tel.: 27520-27141)
Day 4: Wednesday May 20th: NAUPLION – TIRYNS – MYCENAE - EPIDAURUS Morning departure at 8:30 a.m. towards Tiryns, Mycenae and Epidaurus for visits. Lunch on the way on our own. Return to Nauplion – once the capital of Greece – for dinner and overnight. (We can offer a performance of Greek Folkdances (2 dancers) specially arranged for our group at the restaurant ‘KIPOS’ 27520- 22978 where the students can have dinner on their own expense  15 € euros /person with an  excellent menu). Overnight in Nafplion. Hotel Marianna.
Day 5: Thursday May 21st: NAFPLION – SPARTA Morning departure towards Sparta. Visit Mystras. Visit the site and continue to Sparta (optional visit of the Archeological Museum of Sparta, open until 3pm, tel: 27310-28575, with the offerings from Menelaion, part of the temple of Artemis, part of the temple of Apollon in Amycles, mosaic floor from houses etc) or drive 5klm from Sparta to Menelaion (if desired) and for possible visit of the olive oil museum and overnight at Hotel Maniatis in Sparta with dinner at hotel.
Day 6: Friday May 22nd: SPARTA – OLYMPIA Morning departure towards Olympia with passing of Kalamata, visit of Ancient Messini (if of interest to you)  or Temple of Epicurian Apollon in Vasses on the way (if time allows). After 3-4 hours drive arrive in Olympia. Overnight at Hotel Europa.
Day 7: Saturday May 23rd: OLYMPIA – DELPHI Visit the site and museum of Olympia. After lunch continue towards the Bridge of Rio/Antirio, Possible stop at Galaxidi. Late arrival at Arachova for overnight at Hotel Likoria. (suggestions for tavern in Delphi ‘Bacchus’ Mrs. Loukia with homemade food and nice view of the valley tel. 22650 83186 or for dinner in Arachova tavern ‘Aloni’) 
Day 8: Sunday May 24th: DELPHI - ATHENS Morning departure from hotel to visit the visit Delphi’s oracle and the museum (open until 15:00). Drive towards Athens for overnight at Hotel Astor.
Day 9: Monday May 25th: ATHENS – NAXOS Morning departure to the port of Piraeus to take ferry boat (Blue Star Ferries ‘NAXOS’) at 7:25 am to Naxos with arrival at 12:45pm. Transfer by the hotel bus to Hotel Grotta. Afternoon walk to the Venetian Castro, the Old Town, and the Temple of Apollo for sunset. Overnight in Hotel Grotta in Naxos (Recommended Restaurants: Tavern “Irini” near the port)
Day 10: Tuesday May 26th: NAXOS Morning departure by bus for tour of Naxos visit the Kouros statue in Melanes, the Byzantine church of Drossiani, the traditional village of Filoti and the scenic Temple of Dimitra at Sagri and its small archaeological museum. Leave group at Agia Anna beach – one of the best sandy beaches - if they want to go swimming (and return by the local bus or taxis to Naxos). Overnight in Hotel Grotta in Naxos
Day 11: Wednesday May 27th: MYKONOS – DELOS - NAXOS Join scheduled excursion boat to Delos that departs at 9:00 a.m. and Mykonos island (4 hours stop) included. (Tickets by Naxos Tours) Depart from port in the morning with return to Naxos late in the afternoon around 19:00 p.m. Overnight at Hotel Grotta. 
Day 12: Thursday May 28th: NAXOS – PIRAEUS – SOUNION - ATHENS Morning departure from Naxos to the port of Piraeus. Upon arrival in the afternoon, (around 3pm) meet bus to drive and visit Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. Dinner on the way. Return in Athens.  Overnight at Hotel Astor or similar.
Day 13: Friday May 29th: ATHENS - USA Morning transfer by bus to the airport for return flight to the USA. 
Cost: $4,900 (includes: airfare, hotels, transportation in Greece, breakfast, health insurance). Bear in mind that admissions to the sites/museums and the cost of lunch/dinner is not included. For these, you should budget $505.
The application is due back to Prof. O’Bryhim or Prof. Vergados by DECEMBER 6.
For more information, contact:
Prof. Shawn O’Bryhim (
Prof. Athanassios Vergados (