Summer Program

Archaeological Field Trips

(Maymester & July) This is a unique course taught on-site during faculty-led weekend field trips to various archaeological sites, historical landscapes and museums in Greece. This course aims to familiarize the students with key ancient cities, monuments, masterpieces of art, and the history of ancient Greece. Field trips may include Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Pylos, Corinth, Tiryns, Nafplio, Argos, Epidaurus, Sparta-Mystras, Monemvasia, Hydra-Spetses).

Field Archaeology I

(Maymester & July) This course focuses on archaeological field and laboratory methods through readings, lectures, and mainly hands-on experiences (dig simulator) and the data these practices generate. The course will cover the essential field methods employed in archaeological survey (ground, aerial, geophysical), excavation, restoration/conservation. This will include the fundamentals of documentation including note taking, drawing, photography, and map-making.

Landscape Drawing & Painting

(Maymester & July) This course focuses on landscape drawing and painting, aiming to expand the students' horizons to a variety of landscapes and encourage them to create and use colors differently. Classes include practice on drawing and painting in the beautiful settings and diverse landscapes of Mycenae, Nafplion, and nearby places and islands, lectures, readings, roundtable discussions and slide presentations about various artists and their work, visits at museums and art galleries to experience landscape art.

"The Modern Medea”: Ancient Myth and Tragedy in Toni Morrison’s Fiction

(Maymester) The novels of African American writer and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison are indelibly shaped by a rich hybrid of Greek tragedy and myth from Greece, Rome, Egypt, and West Africa. This course will explore how Morrison’s admiration for these classical traditions have influenced her creative vision of the strength, suffering, and triumph of black life in the United States. The primary focus of the course will be on two of Morrison’s novels, Song of Solomon and Beloved.

Ancient Greek Tragedy: Euripides' Medea - text, context, and performance

(Maymester) This course attempts an innovative, holistic and interdisciplinary approach to ancient Greek literature by integrating classics, archaeology, and theatrical studies. The students will be initiated to the dramatic plot of Euripides' play through textual analysis (from translation), contextual synthesis of the particular historical/political circumstances and the archaeological/architectural setting of the play (ancient Greek theater, Dionysia festival), and ultimately through the unique experience of staging and performing (as actors or members of the chorus) parts of the play.  

Geological Oceanography

(Maymester) A comprehensive study of the origin and development of the major structural features of the ocean basins and the continental margins. Discussion of the techniques used in obtaining geologic data and the interpretation of sedimentary processes, vulcanism, and the stratigraphy of the ocean basins. Considering the active tectonics in Greece, we could make the geology of Eastern Mediterranean a key teaching component of this course.

Mycenaean Art and Archaeology

(July) A general introduction to the art and archaeology of Mycenaean Greece, with consideration of both the Aegean sites and the Mycenaean trade-posts and colonies in Asia Minor, Cyprus, the Levant, Palestine and Egypt. A survey of architecture (palatial, secular, temple and funerary), pottery, sculpture, frescoes, seal-stones, metalwork (metallic vases, weapons, jewelry), stone- and ivory-carving in class and museum field trips; comparative study of typological, iconographical, stylistic, and technical aspects and developments.

The Topography and Monuments of Ancient Athens

(July) This seminar will focus on ancient Athens, the most renowned ancient city in the world: the cradle of democracy and birthplace of rhetoric, philosophy, historiography, drama and theater, classical art and architecture (5th/4th centuries BC), and home of the first modern Olympic Games (AD 1896). The course aims to familiarize the students with the long history and complex archaeology of Athens.

The History of Aegean Archaeology

(July) The course focuses on the development of Aegean archaeology as an academic discipline from the Renaissance until modern times and aims at outlining its principal achievements and main phases: from Cyriacus of Ancona to the European travelling scholars and antiquaries of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and from the romantic amateurs pursuing the heroic age, such as the renowned Heinrich Schliemann, to the systematic excavations undertaken during the 20th century by the staff of the Greek Archaeological Service and the members of foreign archaeological schools that have been establi