Arizona in the Aegean (Greece)

Greece
Multi-city
Arizona in the Aegean (Greece)
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
Term App Deadline Start Date End Date Cost
Summer February 15 early June early July Budget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Hotel
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Note: This program will run next in Summer 2018.

This program introduces the fascinating world of ancient Greece and its masterpieces in art, architecture, and literature while traveling across the mainland and the islands of Greece. Explore the famous Parthenon, consult the all-powerful oracle at Delphi, visit the palatial seat of Mycenaean King Agamemnon at Mycenae, run in the original Olympic Stadium, discover the pioneering technology of the Cycladic islands, and participate in harvest-to-table gastronomical adventures.

Academics

Tentative 2016 dates: June 6 - July 6

Students in the Arizona in the Aegean program will be registered for 6 units of ANTH 341/CLAS 341: Mediterranean Craft Technologies and Environmental Strategies. This course is also cross-listed with Classics, and it is a featured destination of the Honors College.  

On the Greek mainland, the program will features visits to famous sites which hosted spectacles and performances of many kinds: athletic, civic, literary and religious.  Students will climb to the temple of Apollo at Delphi and the famous Parthenon in Athens, visit the renown theater at Epidaurus, tour the institutions of Athenian Democracy, and run in the stadium that hosted the ancient Olympics games at Olympia, in addition to visiting museums filled with superb artifacts and ecofacts. On the idyllic island settings of Kea students are given the opportunity to handle with archaeological materials and directly examine interconnections between craft production and performance by visiting mines and quarries, engaging with the fundamentals of several technologies such as pottery and textile production, metallurgy, beekeeping, food production and preparation. Students are introduced to icons of Greek art, architecture and literature through readings and, most significantly, through hands-on activities and opportunities for their own performance or craft production. They also gain unique experiences and exercise critical skills while grounded in the landscape and environment that was the cradle of Western civilization.

Videos describing the program details and itinerary were created by Professor Groves and Professor Gorogianni. Click for Weeks 1-2 & Weeks 3-4.

Location

Mainland and Islands of Greece

On the Greek mainland, the program will include visits to major performance sites including celebrated theaters where great tragedies and comedies were staged (Athens, Epidaurus); panhellenic ritual and athletic centers (Delphi, Olympia); spectacular architecture (Athens, Mycenae); and museums filled with superb artifacts. On the ideal island settings of Paros, Naxos and Santorini, students directly examine interconnections between craft production and performance by visiting marble quarries, producing pottery and interviewing local crafts people. Students are introduced to icons of Greek art, architecture and poetry through readings and most significantly through hands-on activities with opportunities for their own performance or craft production. They gain unique experiences and critical skills grounded in the landscape and environment in which they flourished.

Housing

Hotel Rooms (Double or Triple Occupancy) 

Faculty

Faculty lead:

Dr. Robert Groves, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Classics

Email: groves@email.arizona.edu | Phone: 520.621.2315

Learn more about Professor Groves and Arizona in the Aegean HERE!

Dr. Evi Gorogianni, Anthropology and Classics faculty at the University of Akron

Additional Contact:

Dr. Eleni Hasaki, Associate Professor, UA School of Anthropology/Department of Classics, researches ancient pottery and craft production in scholarship and through hands-on experience of firing models of ancient kilns.

Email: hasakie@email.arizona.edu | Phone: 520.626.1398

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