All lodging and breakfast each day, some meals, all ground
transportation (airport transfers, bus, and ferry), all admissions to historic properties and sites..
Airfare to and from Athens, some lunches and dinners,
and personal spending.
We will explore the archaeological, physical, and textual depictions of Helen and the Greeks’ war with Troy, both in their world of the 13th-century BCE late Bronze Age and the classical 5th-century BCE of the great tragedians. We will spend the first week of the course on campus discussing the history and plays and preparing research questions to guide our time in Greece. In Greece we will begin in Athens in the National Archaeological Museum (and of course see the major sites on the Acropolis), visit the best preserved classical theatre at Epidaurus to get an idea of the original performances of the great tragedies, visit Mycenae (home of Agamemnon), Delphi (by way of Marathon and Thebes), the mouth of the river where Odysseus quizzed the shades, and then explore
the well preserved Minoan site of Akrotiri on Santorini, an urban center and port that yields important information about the Greeks’ and Trojans’ Bronze Age. We will be accompanied by Greek guide Maria Synodinou, an archaeologist and wonderful host.