PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to apply for this project is Friday, November 5th, 2021
This project is a 17-day study tour of archaeological sites and museums of mainland Greece, with a special emphasis on the architectural and artistic remains of major sanctuaries and cult sites. Students will see and explore the original contexts of ancient Greek art from the pre-historic through Byzantine periods. At the same time, students will be encouraged to immerse themselves as much as possible in modern Greek culture, and to learn all they can about modern Greek society. The group will stay in local hotels in the towns where archaeological sites are located, and will have time to explore villages and see sites that are well off the beaten path. In addition to pre-readings, all participants will receive two days of instruction in modern Greek culture and some rudiments of modern Greek language.
One of the goals of the study-tour is to understand the kinds of information that scholars can obtain from archaeological and artistic remains, and to integrate that information with knowledge from textual sources. To that end, students will read several recent articles on the relationship between ancient sanctuaries, ancient art, and the Greek polis before the trip. Each student will also be required to prepare a "site report" on one of the sites that we will visit, or on an important object from a Greek museum, and will be responsible for presenting the site to their colleagues.
Students will see at firsthand the relationship between Greek art and Greek religious practice in several time periods, and will be encouraged to wrestle with the limits of our knowledge regarding that material. The program will both broaden and deepen students' knowledge of literary and historical texts that are generally regarded as fundamental to Western culture. Perhaps most important of all, the experience of trying to resolve literary and archaeological evidence and will encourage the students to question the complex relation between literature, art, and religious practice. While the study of ancient art will give a shape to our itinerary, life and travel in modern Greece will be a significant cultural experience for our students.
This project is Selective.
Interested students should complete this application and an interview with the sponsor to be considered. Some preference will be given to students who have taken one or more courses in Classical Civilization, especially “Ancient Greek History,” “Ancient Cities,” “Introduction to Ancient Epics,” "Greek and Roman Drama," or related courses.
Number of Students:
January 25th - February 17th, 2022
*please note that students may apply for need-based funding for this project in the Winter Term project application
Application Deadline: Friday, November 5th, 2021