The Isles of Greece! will introduce you to a variety of aspects of life in Greece over the five millennia from the Bronze Age to our own time. Topics include history, literature, geology, religion, philosophy, ethnography, marine biology, archaeology, and cultural resources management. Sailing and hiking, lectures and readings, snorkeling and diving, visits to sites and museums, conversations with faculty and fellow students, student reports, encounters with our Greek hosts, and travel diaries will provide opportunities for you to acquire information and reflect on your experience. In particular, the nautical life will give you a sense of the Greek islands as the Greeks saw them in an age before mechanized travel: from the sea in sailing vessels. You will learn to sail and to live aboard a sailboat.
This program requires an extensive amount of walking on cobblestone and uneven pavement, riding trains and buses, and walking up and down stairs. Certified divers will have the option of participating in at least four dives. Non-divers will be snorkeling.
- Learn the general outline of the history of Greece from Bronze age to present.
- Become familiar with modern Greek culture and society through personal experience and modern literature.
- Develop an understanding of how ancient Greece has influenced the development of western civilization, and how it influences modern society.
- Learn to integrate course materials and personal experiences.
- Learn skills of sailing and develop an appreciation for witnessing the world as it was encountered in ancient times.