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Study Abroad to Greece

            Theseus killing the minotaur in the Labyrinth.... Agamemnon sailing off for Troy, and returning to his murderous wife...Pericles overseeing the construction of the Parthenon....Socrates teaching in the Athenian marketplace...The struggle for independence in the 1820's...The awful years of World War II. Whether myth or history these events occurred not in a dusty history book, but in a dusty country, a country filled with breathtaking physical beauty as well as some of the finest people on earth. Austin Peay offers the opportunity for a unique program of study in Greece. Our program offers a look at Greece which is not solely focused on the ancient world, but includes much that is modern. Our goal is to introduce you to a complex country that has a rich ancient heritage, as well as a thriving modern culture.

       Our students follow two courses: Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology, and Modern Greek Language. The archaeology course involves an initial intensive textbook survey of the development of Greek art, as students become familiar with the major sites which have been excavated over the last 150 years. This information is presented in its historical context. Once we finish the classroom survey, we embark on three weeks of site visits. During that time we visit practically every major site studied, as well as some minor ones.

            Since the best way to approach a new culture is through a study of its language, our students also study basic Modern Greek. We are in an immersion setting, and students are encouraged to speak only Greek whenever possible. In the course of this instruction, we discuss many aspects of modern Greek culture, including literature, music, dance, religion, and society. The goal is to become comfortable speaking Greek in common, everyday situations. In addition to this, students usually make friends in Greece with whom they can correspond.

            The program opens with two weeks in the city of Chania on the Northwest coast of the island of Crete. Our hotel sits directly across the street from a long stretch of beautiful, white, sandy beach. The first Saturday on Crete, we hike the Samaria Gorge, the European equivalent to the Grand Canyon. This is a 16 km. hike through a wooded mountain, which leads out to the south coast of Crete and the Libyan sea. We then board a boat to return to Chania. While in Chania, we visit the local museum for an introductory session on the development of Greek pottery. We also sample the local night life. When we leave Chania, we visit some sites associated with the Greek War of Independence and the Second World War and then begin the tour of sites on Crete with stops at a Bronze Age cemetery, a 16th century monastery, and a cave site, then on to Phaistos, and Agia Triadha. We spend the night at the village of Matala, where the cliff walls are honey-combed with ancient tombs. Then we move on to Gortyn, Vathypetro, and into the city of Heraklion. Our tour of Crete continues with a visit to the site of Knossos, the home of the original Labyrinth, and the museum in Heraklion. We also take some time to wander the streets of Heraklion, or pay a visit to the museum of folklore. The next morning we will drive up to the Lasithi Plain and hike into the cave where Zeus was said to have been hidden when he was born.

            That evening, we board a ship for the return to mainland Greece. On the mainland, we visit the sites of Mycenae, home of Agamemnon, Tiryns from which Eurystheus ordered Herakles to perform his labors, and Corinth where St. Paul preached. We also visit the Byzantine village of Mystra, the city of Sparta, and the Palace of Nestor at Pylos. Students have an opportunity to run a race in the stadium at Olympia. In fact we visit all four ancient pan-hellenic sites where athletic contests were held. We spend a few days at Delphi, during which time we stay in an archontiko, a Greek home in the village of Arachova. From there we set out for a hike through Mt. Parnassos. We also visit the village of Dhistomo, as well as Hosios Loukas, a Byzantine monastery.  We will spend the next night in the shadow of the famous monasteries at Meteora, which we will visit the following morning.

            When we depart from Meteora, we will stop at Thermopylai and finally we come into Athens where we spend the final four days of our trip visiting some of the sites in and around the capital of Modern Greece including the temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Site visits to the Akropolis and the Agora are supplemented by visits to museums to view much of the art we have been studying. A day trip to the battlefield of Marathon and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion round out the visit to Attica.  By the time we say good-bye, we hope that you will have gained a deep appreciation not only for what Ancient Greece has given us, but for the richness of modern Greece as well.

            Here is what one participant had to say about the trip: "Have you ever had the thought while traveling, "I wish I could get away from all this controlled tourist trap madness and see what this place is really like"? Well, here is most likely the only time in your life for that wish to come true. My fiancee and I went to Greece in the Summer 2001 Study Abroad program with Dr. Timothy Winters. She and I went a week early and spent that time together on the island of Santorini (ancient Thera). We then traveled to Hania, Crete where we met the rest of the group. This experience and the next five weeks in the company of Dr. Winters (who has lived and worked in Greece, has many close friends there, speaks the language fluently, and genuinely loves Greece and its people) will stand as the most moving and phenomenal experience of my entire life. I learned the basic language, the history, and made two good friends, Vasili and Vangelis who are both full of filotimo. My advice? Beg, borrow, or steal the money and don't look back. Go to Greece and give my regards to the plane tree." Larry Dye

Interested? I hope e-mail address is Just click on that, and I will send you more information. You will need to come to my office, Harned Hall 214, and fill out a one page application for me.  I have added a link to the APSU application here,  but if you can't open this, the application is also available at the office of International Education.  Sign up now for the experience of a lifetime! Ya sas!

d1 Sunday, June 4      Arrive Chania

d2 Monday, June 5  Orientation; Intro to archaeology

d3 Tuesday, June 6  Prehistory; PM Walking tour of Chania

d4 Wednesday, June 7    Bronze Age  Intro

d5 Thursday, June 8  Bronze Age--end of BA

d6 Friday, June 9   PG--Geometric;  PM activity!

d7 Saturday, June 10       Samaria Gorge 

d8 Sunday, June 11   Free

d9 Monday, June 12    Orientalizing--Archaic

d10 Tuesday, June 13   Day trip to Rethymnon Museum, Arkadi, Eleutherna, Margharites and Melidoni

d11 Wednesday, June 14  Archaic--Classical

d12 Thursday, June 15   Spili; Phaistos

d13 Friday, June 16   Agia Triada; Gortyn

d14 Saturday, June 17  Vathypetro; Archanes; Knossos

d15 Sunday, June 18    Heraklion Museum; Lasithi Plain

Overnight ferry to mainland

d16 Monday, June 19    Isthmia; Corinth; Nemea

d17 Tuesday, June 20     Mycenai; Tiryns; Epidaurus                                                           

d18 Wednesday, June 21  Nafplion Museum.  Palamidi

d19 Thursday, June 22   Lerna; Hellenikon; Sparta; Bus

d20 Friday, June 23    Bassai; Olympia

d21 Saturday, June 24 Olympia, site and museum

d22 Sunday, June 25      Chlemoutsi; Delphi

d23 Monday, June 26     Delphi, site and museum

d24 Tuesday, June 27     Korykaian cave; Free

d25 Wednesday, June 28  Gravia; Brallos; Thermopylae

d26 Thursday, June 29     Dhimini; Sesklo; Volos Museum

d27 Friday, June 30      Bus to Athens

d28 Saturday, July 1     Acropolis; Nat'l Museum

d29 Sunday, July 2        Agora AM; PM Free                   

d30 Monday, July 3    Free AM;  Sounion PM                                         

d31 Tuesday, July 4    Transfer to airport for return to U.S.