Glorious Greece: Ancient Art and Culture
From Athens to Olympia, experience the timeless natural beauty and stunning artistic and cultural achievements of Greece.
Immerse yourself in the art and culture of ancient Greece by studying in the land where it was created! After preparatory readings and online course activities, you will spend ten days in Greece visiting archaeological sites and museums in Athens, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi and other points of artistic, historic, and cultural interest.
Based in a convenient hotel near the foot of the Akropolis, you will explore the birthplace of western democracy and the monuments of Classical Athens that have awed and inspired visitors for more than two millennia.
Through guided lectures, visits to museums, and independent exploration you will learn to recognize major trends, styles and production techniques in ancient Greek art and architecture and to understand their social, historical and religious origins. On archaeological sites you will learn to how to reconstruct monuments on the basis of their architectural remains and to picture in context the activities that took place there in ancient times. On a five-day trip through the Peloponnese and Central Greece you will experience the spectacular landscape, history and cultural achievements of a variety of important regions and sites, including Olympia and Delphi, two of the most prestigious sanctuaries of the ancient world. The course will be enriched by guest lecturers and by special encounters with various aspects of modern Greek life. You will record your own personal highlights and discoveries in daily journal entries and will share thoughts about favorite objects or observations in occasional brief, informal presentations on sites and in museums. Not only will you study first-hand some of the most influential monuments of Western art, but you will experience the wonderful synergy of light, space, and landscape with Greek architecture and sculpture and will learn to appreciate more fully how the various arts functioned within ancient Greek society. All of this will be enlivened by the warm, vibrant, creative vitality of modern Greek life, offering remarkable examples of continuity over thousands of years, as well as striking contrasts and juxtapositions of the past with modern times.
- Travel to the beautiful country of Greece and see for yourself the monuments which laid the foundation for Western art and architecture
- Learn about the expansive history of Greece and the integral role of art in Greek culture and traditions
- Tour some of the most naturally beautiful and historically significant sites in the world, such as the Akropolis of Athens, the Bronze Age Citadel of Mycenae, the Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia, and the Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi
- Gain insights about cultural identity, historical change, and interaction, and become a more experienced global citizen
DAY 1 Athens: Arrival. Welcome dinner
DAY 2 Athens: Akropolis, Akropolis Museum, and Kerameikos (cemetery)
DAY 3 Athens: National Archaeological Museum. Cape Sounion: Temple of Poseidon
DAY 4 Eleusis: Sanctuary of Demeter; Ancient Corinth; Epidauros: Sanctuary of Asklepios; evening in Nafplio
DAY 5 Nafplio Museum; Tiryns; Mycenae; Pottery Workshop; scenic drive to Dimitsana
DAY 6 Arcadia: mountain village of Dimitsana; Temple of Apollo at Bassae; folk-dancing demonstration at Olympia.
DAY 7 Olympia: Archaeological Site and Museum; scenic drive to Delphi
DAY 8 Delphi: Sanctuary of Apollo and Archaeological Museum
DAY 9 Athens: Agora and Agora Museum; Roman Agora, Tower of Winds, Library of Hadrian, Arch of Hadrian, Olympieion, Stadium of Herodes Atticus
DAY 10 Athens: Day-trip by ferry to Island of Aigina, Temple of Aphaia
DAY 11 Athens: Museum of Cycladic Art; Benaki Museum; (optional: Numismatic Museum/Schliemann House); Afternoon, free time; Group Farewell Dinner
DAY 12 Athens: individual departures, or join Optional Extension Trip to Northern Greece
Optional Extended Tour:
4 days: Saturday-Tuesday (June 18-21, 2017)
Round-trip train travel to Thessaloniki, 3 nights’ accommodation in Thessaloniki: visits to Royal Cemetery and Archaeological Museum at Vergina; Macedonian houses at Pella; tomb at Lefkadia; various museums and monuments in Thessaloniki.
This tour is optional for students seeking only 3 credits (one course). The extended tour is required for students seeking to earn 6 credits (two courses).
Academic Courses & Credit
Participants can earn 3 or 6 credits and satisfy an Arts Distribution by registering in one of the following courses:
- ART 262L Greek Art and Architecture (3 credits; AR distribution)
- CLSICS 262L Greek Art and Architecture (3 credits; AR distribution)
- CLSICS/HIST 303L, Greek Archaeology (3 credits, optional)
Who Can Apply?
This course is open to all qualified University of Massachusetts Boston students. Students from other colleges and universities, and interested educators and professionals are also welcome to apply. Acceptance to the program will be on a space available basis. All participants are expected to abide by the UMass Boston Code of Conduct.
Note on Passports: US citizens need a passport to travel to Greece. Participants with non-U.S. nationality should confirm the particular visa rules pertaining to their status.
Gretchen Umholtz (PhD, University of California at Berkeley) Umholtz is a lecturer in the Department of Classics at UMass Boston. She has taught Greek art, archaeology, history, language, and literature for more than twenty years, has traveled extensively in Greece and Turkey and has excavated in the Athenian Agora, at Ancient Corinth, and at Sardis. She is thrilled to share the joy of Greek art and culture with UMass Boston students on-site in Greece.