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Course: CLS 351/HON 351 – An Odyssey in Greece: An Exploration of Ancient Greek Culture and Places

Dates: May 19 – June 9, 2017

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Program Directors:  Dr. Lee Ann Riccardi, Art History/Classical Studies and Dr. Holly Haynes, Classical Studies

Liberal Learning:  Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Global

Eligibility:  No Pre-Requisites, No Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions. Open to all students (including current first-year students)

Course Description:

This 3-week experience includes visits to the major classical sites of Athens, Olympia, Delphi, and Marathon as well as to important sites from other periods of Greek history, such as Mycenae, Epidauros, Napflion, Crete, and Santorini (Thera). The course examines various artistic media and intellectual traditions– especially literature, philosophy, architecture, and decorative sculptural programs in their concrete physical context, with attention to their religious and cultural functions as well as their social, political, historical, and/or artistic value.  The study of the ancient sites will take place mostly on site and in the museums.  At the same time, students read literary texts, including the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and examine the ways in which these literary works developed and how they explored religious beliefs and images in order to contribute to or challenge social and cultural cohesion. Although the course focuses on ancient Greece, classes will be held in a country currently at the heart of the European experiment with a single currency. Greece is undergoing economic reorganization and social fluctuations that challenge even the idea of a European Union. Being in Greece for three weeks at this critical time will allow us to better understand and appreciate the Greeks as a nation and as individuals, as well as their relationship to the rest of Europe, and will provide rich opportunities to make connections between the past and the present.

Locations (Tentative): 
Aegina, Athens, Corinth, Crete, Delphi, Epidauros, Marathon, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, Pylos, Santorini, and Sounion

Program Fee: $4,842.88

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Refund, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy – Please review our policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.

Questions?  Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.