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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Short Term, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/15/2021 10/15/2021 05/09/2022 05/23/2022
Spring 2023 10/15/2022 10/15/2022 TBA TBA
Program Description:
The Art, Archaeology, and Culture of Ancient Greece
Immerse yourself in the physical world and material culture of the ancient Greeks. Encounter some of the most important sites in ancient Greece, and examine in-person and up-close aspects of Greek history, prehistory, art, and culture. This program will embed readings of literature and modern scholarship in the physical contexts of antiquity.
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Overview Immerse yourself in the physical world and material culture of the ancient Greeks. Encounter some of the most important sites in ancient Greece, and examine in-person and up-close aspects of Greek history, prehistory, art, and culture. This program will embed readings of literature and modern scholarship in the physical contexts of antiquity.

 
Location Often referred to as the "Cradle of Western Civilization", Greece's history stretches across millennia. With hundreds of archaeological sites and museums, one can walk through the remains of prior civilizations and experience for themselves the artifacts and history that makes Greece so special. Located in the southeast of Europe, it lies at the meeting point of three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa. Beyond Athens located on the mainland peninsula, Greece is made up of thousands of islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas.
Program Students take CLA 374 (1.5 hr) The Art, Archaeology, and Culture of Ancient Greece

The goal of this program is to immerse Wake Forest students in the physical world and material culture of the ancient Greeks. It will be a capstone for students who have taken at least one of three divisional courses I teach about ancient Greece—Greek & Roman Comedy (CLA 264), Women, Gender, & Sexuality in Antiquity (CLA 252), and Beware the Ides, Beware the Hemlock: Roleplaying Crisis in Ancient Greece & Rome (an FYS)—as well as students with a major or minor in Classical Languages and Classical Studies. The program will not be limited to students who have taken one of the courses I have listed above.  Since it will be open to all students, and since students coming from different courses will have different levels and types of background knowledge, I will incorporate a thorough introduction to Greek civilization into the curriculum.

The program involves a good number of site and museum visits for a 2-week course of study, and each such visit is tied either to the most important aspects of Greek archaeology and history or specifically to one of the two courses.  Our time in Athens includes not only study of the most important Greek monuments — the Acropolis, the Parthenon — but also to the less-famous sites of Greek democracy, an important focus of my FYS: the Pnyx, where the Assembly met, the Monument of the Ten Eponymous Heroes in the Agora, where judiciary notices were promulgated, and the Stoa Poikile, the meeting-place and namesake of that influential Greek philosophical school, the Stoics.  Likewise, our visit to the Athenian Acropolis will have as its centerpiece the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the site where many of the comedies we read in Greek & Roman Comedy were performed, and our visit to the city of Epidaurus will focus on that city’s breathtaking theater (a site for not only ancient performances of drama but also for modern performances of ancient comedy, and thus an occasion for the study of classical reception and performance history) as well as on its medical cult of Aesculapius, the subject of Plautus’ Curculio, another play we read in the class and also the subject of my current book project.  And both the artifacts in the museums we visit and the approaches I use for interpreting and understanding them will emphasize the methodologies, content, and themes of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Antiquity course — e.g., the Attic white-ground lekythoi in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens are remarkable in their depictions of non-elite, non-mythic women engaged in funerary rites, and the intersectional feminist analysis techniques that I teach in WGSiA naturally lead us to ask what these artifacts tell us about women’s work, the liminality and marginality of both women and the dead, and the economic conditions affecting both the creators and the purchasers of the vases.

The program fee includes all site entrances, transportation and 2 meals a day meaning that personal expenses will be very limited. This program is open to all students and the credit hour can count toward the Classical Languages major, the Classical Studies major, the Classical Studies Minor, the Greek minor, or elective credit. By the end of the program, all students will be able to describe the sources of knowledge about ancient Greek prehistory, art, archaeology, and material culture; identify the periods and historical development of Greek art; relate literary texts to artifacts and physical contexts; and interpret the cultural significance of material remains.


 
Faculty
 
Spring 2022 Faculty Leader
Brian Warren
Associate Teaching Professor of Classics
warrenbm@wfu.edu

 
Accommodation Hotels with shared rooms. Breakfast will be included in most hotels. 
Excursions Students will have the opportunity to visit many Greek cities and islands including Athens, Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos, Hydra, Poros, Delos, Corinth and more, with numerous site and museum visits. Nearly all of the course instrcution will take place outside of the classroom with famous backdrops such as the Acropolis and the Parthenon — but also less-famous sites of Greek democracy such as the Pnyx, where the Assembly met, the Monument of the Ten Eponymous Heroes in the Agora, where judiciary notices were promulgated, and the Stoa Poikile, the meeting-place and namesake of that influential Greek philosophical school, the Stoics. Students will tour and explore archaeological sites such as the Bronze Age ruins on Thera, monuments such as the Theater of Epidauros, and museums filled with antiquities such as the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
 
Selection Interest in ancient Greece
Maturity
Interview with faculty member
Costs The total cost of study abroad can be broken down into three categories:

Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program. 
Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.

2022 Program Fee - TBA - The 2021 fee was $5,800 so expect a small increase
Airfare (estimated) - $1,600
Personal Expenses (estimated) - $400
Estimated total cost - $7,800
Scholarships Students may apply for scholarships through the Center for Global Programs and Studies.
Contact
Spring 2022 Faculty Leader
Brian Warren
Associate Teaching Professor of Classics
warrenbm@wfu.edu

Mike Tyson
Assistant Director for Study Abroad: Summer and Short Term Programs
Center for Global Programs and Studies
Phone: (336) 758 4072
Email: tysonmj@wfu.edu

Taylor Burdette
Study Abroad Advisor
(336) 758 2523
burdett@wfu.edu
 
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