INTELLECTUAL EXPEDITION IN GREECE
28 MAY - 10 JUNE 2007
Athens, Delphi, West Coast Of Turkey ,Island of samos and Kos
23 JUNE - 6 JULY 2007
Athens, Olympia, Mycenae, Crete, Santorini, Myconos
|PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: GREECE
Our program has three unique features. It is an interdisciplinary,
team-taught project that offers hands-on experience
in an effort to understand more deeply both other cultures
and our own. Faculty from many disciplines join together
and propose activities designed to illuminate early chapters
in our western heritage. Our seminars are not merely lectures
and tours; instead, they encourage participation in diverse
activities such as model-making reconstructions of ancient
buildings to introduce ancient architectural achievement,
recreating ancient debates in the law courts in order to think
about ancient institutions of justice, crafting and painting our
own terracotta vessels in the black figure and red figure techniques,
running an Olympic foot-race in an ancient stadium, dramatically
reenacting selections from Plato in their historical settings to
invigorate our grasp of philosophical discourse, the construction
of sundials as part of an introduction to ancient astronomy,
lively recitations of ancient myths each evening at the close of
dinner, and performing classical Greek plays in ancient theaters
with costumes and masks we make ourselves.
We will perform an ancient play in an ancient theater with costumes
and masks we make ourselves.
Our 2007 theme IDEALS OF EXCELLENCE: Searching
For Excellence In Ancient Greece invites seminar members
to explore the meaning of excellence in the Greek inventions
of institutions fundamental to our western civilization that
emerged from a world founded upon mythical explanations.
How shall we explain the kinds of excellence in their
inventions of philosophy and science, democracy, historical
writing and public literacy, and the comedy and tragedy of the
theater? To explore this multi-faceted theme, first, we shall
investigate important sites and artifacts, written accounts and
painted presentations, in order to provide seminar members
with ancient evidence. Secondly, we shall engage in reflection,
discussion, lectures, and hands-on activities in order to discover
how rational explanations of the world burst upon the cultural
world of the ancient Greeks. Do the ancient Greeks still have
something to offer us as we try to understand the world and
our place in it?
We want to think deeply about the meaning of our own
lives by reflecting upon the ways that life and death became
meaningful to the ancient Greeks. In this sense, our project is
both an archaeology of ideas and an expedition. It is a
physical journey through the mainland and islands of Greece,
and simultaneously a search for our own self-understanding.
| WHO MAY APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM?
The program is open to the entire community! We welcome applications from persons
of all ages, backgrounds, and interests (minors are welcome if they are accompanied
by a parent or guardian), including those who hold foreign passports as well
as U.S. citizens. Participants range in age from 18-86 years! It is usual for
the group to have a blend of junior and senior members. Couples and families
are welcome. We have set a traveling size for our group not to exceed 40 persons;
thus, enrollment is limited. You can secure a place for our 2007 program by
sending a check for $250.00 made payable to Southern Illinois University
Carbondale [SIUC] along with your completed application to: Study Abroad
Programs, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 62901-6885.
Please see the schedule of costs and payments section for program costs for
Each morning we visit an archaeological site and discuss the theme of the day on location.
There are 2 group flights:
28 May - 10 June: $1152.*
23 June- 6 July $1318.*
Please Note: there are a limited number of group flight seats. These can be secured on a first-come first-served basis by sending a check for either $1152 or $1318.
Once the flight seat has been secured there is NO refund unless the tour operator can affect this change by substituting another person for that seat.
We will re-enact scenes from ancient plays,
reproduce a debate in the law courts, and recreate festival
processionals in costume.
| WHAT ACCOMMODATIONS AND MEALS ARE INCLUDED?
All lodgings are included in first-class or the highest level second-class
accommodations throughout the program. Every morning continental breakfast is
included, some lunches are included, and every night we have a sumptuous meal
at a local taverna (usually overlooking the sea) with a wide assortment of fine
foods. Beverages are extra; each person takes responsibility for his/her drinks.
No one ever leaves the table hungry.
Each night, we have a fabulous dinner, at local tavernas like this
one, overlooking the sea.
|CHANGES IN THE ITINERARY:
Although we anticipate no changes in the itinerary in either program content
or the selection of sites, slight changes in scheduling may occur. This is a
consequence of official changes made by the Greek Government regulating boat
travel or access to sites. Currently, our program calls for three ferry trips
and one domestic plane flight, which are subject to change without notice. From
our past experiences in Greece, this has never been a problem but we alert all
the participants to the possibilities. Everyone will receive an up-dated itinerary
upon arrival in Greece.
WHAT OTHER MISCELLANEOUS COSTS ARE COVERED?
Included in the program cost are many miscellaneous expenses. All museum fees
are included as well as entrance fees to all archaeological sites. Port taxes,
all ground transportation, newer air-conditioned buses, and transfers have already
been figured into the cost. All project materials such as the clay for model-making
exercises, the materials for group projects, and the costume and masks for our
production of the play are included in the cost. All lectures by our staff and
archaeological site presentations are covered. All baggage handling and all
tipping are already included.
Our program includes many, many extras usually not included in package tours.
All dinners are splendid events with selections of fine foods included. Unlike
usual tours, we include many more ancient sites than is customary, and optional
side trips to modern sites are planned. We encourage everyone to take advantage
of these opportunities. The usual tours, on the other hand, include only a few
site visits while so many others are available for additional fees. For the
thoughtful and motivated traveler the cost of these add-on tours can quickly
become very great (and a hassle to arrange) even if the initial price seems
Registration for SIUC credit is optional. Participants who choose to
take the program for credit may opt for a grade or audit. For
travel/study programs, there is no additional cost for "out of state"
enrollees: the cost for each participant is $177.00/credit hour
(undergraduate) and $216.00/credit hour (graduate). There is also a $30
application fee for non-SIUC students applying for credit. This is
payable to SIUC and should be a separate check. Credit card payments
are accepted for tuition and application fees only. Credit in the
program, whether for a grade or audit, is available in Philosophy, Art,
Architecture, Art History and/or History. Students may also petition to
earn additional credit under the supervision of one of the faculty
members for completing an additional project during the summer months,
extending from travel research. These additional projects must be
completed no later than August 1, 2007. The staff will assist any
participant in organizing such additional credit-earning projects.
| SCHEDULE OF COST AND PAYMENTS:
|May program cost:
||28 May - 11 June, 2007
||$2,980.00* + R/T Transportation to Athens Greece ($1,152) = $4,132
| June program cost:
||23 June - 6 July, 2007
||$2,980.00* + R/T Transportation to Athens Greece ($1,318) = $4,298
- Due to the fluctuation of the Euro against the US, prices are subject to change without notice.
- Please Note: there are a limited number of group flight seats. These can be secured on a first-come first-served basis by sending a check for either $1152 or $1318.
Once the flight seat has been secured there is NO refund unless the tour operator can affect this change by substituting another person for that seat.
An initial payment of $250.00 along with your application is required to secure
a place in the 2007 program.
Full payment is due 15 March
|REFUNDS AND CANCELLATION PENALTIES:
All cancellations after 1 April 2007 but before 15 April: $600.00 penalty
All cancellations after 15 April 2007 but before 1 May: $1,200.00 penalty.
All Cancellations after 1 May 2007 but before departure: $1,500.00 penalty.
There is NO REFUND due to cancellation after the departure date.
Study Abroad programs recommends strongly that all participants obtain
separately "Travel Insurance" just in case their plans should change
after making program payment.
All rates area based on tariffs, costs and exchange rates in effect at publication
and are subject to change based on these factors.
| GREECE ITINERARY: 28 MAY – 10 JUNE 2007
ATHENS, DELPHI, WEST COAST TURKEY
GREEKS ISLANDS OF SAMOS AND KOS
Day 1 MAY 28th: Depart USA for Athens, Greece
Day 2 MAY 29th: Arrive Athens. Transfer to our First-Class
Hotel. Orientation Meeting 7pm.
Day 3 MAY 30rd: Visit the Acropolis and its Museum, explore the Parthenon, followed by the Agora and its Museum.Slide lecture 7pm.
Day 4 MAY 31st: Visit the National Museum, then we go by coach to Delphi. Museum visit. Slide presentation 7pm.
Day 5 JUNE 1st: Morning visit to Delphi archaeological site. We run
our Olympic footrace in the ancient stadium. Return to
Athens airport for afternoon flight to island of Samos.
Day 6 JUNE 2nd: Visit the Temple of Hera, largest temple in all Greek
antiquity, followed by the Museum in Vathi.
Day 7 JUNE 3rd: Visit the extraordinary tunnel of Eupalinos. Continue
to Mauratzaioi for an exercise in ancient Greek vases
at a local Pottery Workshop. Slide presentation 7pm.
Day 8 JUNE 4th: Morning exercise in ancient sundial construction.
Roundtable discussion. Ferry: Samos to Kusadasi, Turkey.
Day 9 JUNE 5th: Early morning visit to Claros, Oracle of Apollo,
followed by fabulous visit to ancient Ephesos,
and Selchek Museum. Slide presentation 7pm.
Day 10 JUNE 6th: Visit ancient Priene and re-enact the Trial of Socrates
in the ancient Council Chamber, visit to Miletos and
the Temple of Apollo at Didyma. Slide presentation 7pm.
Day 11 JUNE 7th: Transfer to Bodrum for a day out on a
private Yacht! Ferry: Turkey to Greek island of Kos
Day 12 JUNE 8th: Visit the Medical Asklepion, the ancient hospital
and explore tradition of Hippocrates.
Play rehearsal and costume-making.
Day 13 JUNE 9th: Play rehearsals and costume-making.
Play performance in the ancient theater on Kos.
Day 14 JUNE 10: Early morning flight from Kos to Athens, and USA
GREECEITINERARY: 23 JUNE – 6 JULY,2007
ATHENS, OLYMPIA, MYCENAE,CRETE, SANTORI NI, MYKONOS
Day 1 JUNE 23rd: Depart USA for Athens, Greece
Day 2 JUNE 24th: Arrive Athens. Transfer to our First-Class Hotel. Orientation Meeting 7pm.
Day 3 JUNE 25th: Visit the Acropolis and its Museum, explore the
Parthenon, followed by the Agora and its Museum.
Slide lecture 7pm.
Day 4 JUNE 26th: Visit the National Museum, then we go by coach to
Olympia. Museum. Slide presentation 7pm.
Day 5 JUNE 27th: Morning visit to Olympia archaeological site. We run
our Olympic footrace in the ancient stadium.
Visit ancient Mycenae and then proceed to Peireus port for
our First-Class overnight ferry to Crete.
Day 6 JUNE 28th: Visit ancient Knossos and the Herakleion Museum.
First-Class hotel in Chersonyssos. Slide presentation 7pm.
Day 7 JUNE 29th: Visit the Minoan palaces at Phaistos and Mallia.
Slide presentation 7pm.
Day 8 JUNE 30 th: Morning exercise in ancient sundial construction. Radio-play
reading of Euripidesí Trojan Women. Ferry from Crete
to island of Santorini. 7pm slide presentation
Day 9 JULY 1st: Visit ancient Akraotiri and Santorini Museum.
Slide presentation 7pm.
Day 10 JULY 2nd: Re-enact the Trial of Socrates.
Hydrofoil from Santorini to Mykonos island.
Day 11 JULY 3rd: Visit ancient Delos by boat.
Play rehearsal and Costume making.
Day 12 JULY 4th: Play rehearsal and costume-making.
Day 13 JULY 5th: Play performance and "return to Athens" by boat.
Day 14 JULY 6th: Departures to USA.
We begin our expedition in Athens and the mainland
where we set out explore the ancient Greek achievements of
the 5th and 4th centuries BCE in philosophy, architecture,
literature, politics, athletics, historical writing, and the theater.
In Athens, we visit the sacred Acropolis and its museum.
Then, we walk down to the profane marketplace below, the
Agora, to capture a view of everyday life, and visit the haunts
of the philosopher Socrates. There we read passages from
Plato’s dialogues that vividly depict the life and death of
Socrates. The next day, we visit the National Museum to
investigate artistic expressions and techniques, focusing on
the transitions from the Minoan to the Mycenaean period,
and then from Geometric to Archaic to Classical periods.
Then, we set off for Olympia, one of the four Panhellenic
sites, where we run an Olympic race in the ancient stadium.
We explore the site and the museum that holds so many
important finds. In the morning, we set out for Epidauros, a
noted center for theater and medical arts. We visit also the
great site of Mycenae in order to investigate the flourishing of
the earlier central palace civilization on the mainland, before
returning to the Athenian port, Peireus, for our first-class
overnight cruise to the island of Crete. After our early morning
arrival, we go first to the Minoan site of Knossos as we begin
to compare and contrast the Minoans with their Mycenaean
successors. Then, we reconstruct the whole site by a visit to
the Herakleion museum. Our second day on Crete brings us
to two more Minoan palaces, at Phaistos and Malia, in order
to grasp more clearly the general layout of the Minoan complexes
and to contrast them with both the Mycenaean palaces
and the Acropolis of the Classical period that we focused on
in Athens. Our third day on Crete offers hands-on activities
at a local potter’s shop, making clay models of architectural
elements of Minoan and Mycenaean buildings, and making
copies of vessels that we have been studying in the museums.
Next, we set sail from Crete to the volcanic island of
Santorini, whose main town Fira is romantically elevated
almost a half-mile into the air from the level of the sea. On
Santorini, over a two day period, we visit the ancient Minoan
town of Akraotiri, almost perfectly preserved in the volcanic
destruction during the Bronze Age, and the Fira museum. On
the third day, following our exercises of making a sundial, we
set sail for the island of Mykonos where our themes return us
to the Classical period. We visit ancient Delos, the sacred
island off the coast of Mykonos, and we devote ourselves to
the study of ancient drama. In Mykonos, we will perform
Aristophanes’ Clouds in a theater with costumes and masks
we make ourselves.
Throughout the expedition, in the evenings faculty will
deliver a series of formal lectures on ancient Greek civilizations,
participants will learn some modern Greek dancing, and the
group will be treated to the recitation of ancient myths at the
close of each dinner. Also, each professor will direct a handson
project so that all members of our expedition may think
more deeply and remember more clearly the many contributing
themes of our seminar. Every day on the islands, participants
can expect to have most afternoons free for swimming, relaxing,
a leisurely lunch, shopping, and so on. And the evening
hours after our sumptuous dinners are always free.
INTERDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR TOPICS
The Excellence of Self-Knowledge and the Cultural
Legacy of Ancient Greece: One way to explore the legacy
of ancient Greece is to focus on the articulation and development
of self-knowledgethrough cultural inventions that we have
inherited and highly prize. These institutional practices
include democracy and the jury system, philosophy and western
science, historical writing, public literacy, the Olympic
games, and the theater.
The Excellence of Democracy and the Jury System: How did the political institution of democracy arise? What
legal developments led to the jury system? What were its
strengths and weaknesses? What new vision of ourselves is
fostered by the advent of democracy?
The Excellence of Philosophy/Science:Why did
philosophy/science begin in Greek colonies on the west coast
of modern day Turkey, and in the eastern Greek islands in the
6th century B.C.E.? Why then, and there? How did these
beginnings lead to the vision that self-investigation was the
meaning of being human?
The Excellence of Figural Art:Why did the Greeks
choose to depict the human form at the expense of landscape
and setting? Why did this anthropocentric focus arise in the
8th century B.C.E.? And why has this emphasis on depictions
of the human form dominated Western Art ever since?
The Excellence of Historical Writing:How shall we
account for the emergence of historical writing? How is it
different from the writing of poetry? In what senses do we
understand our self differently through prosaic reflections on
The Excellence of Public Literacy:While we have
evidence of literacy, used restrictedly in the administration of
central-palace civilizations, in Greece we have the first
evidence for the development of public literacy on a much
wider scale. How shall we explain its origins and development?
In what ways does it lead to deeper self reflection?
The Excellence of the Olympic Games: We can identify
the beginning of the Olympic games in 776 B.C.E. Here we
mark the invention of a contest-culture in which individual
excellence is announced in a special victory. How are ideals
of self-excellence transformed by such contests?
The Excellence of the Theater: The invention of the
theater takes place when the actions described through poetry
appear by actors on stage. Behind masks, an individual
reveals a character by literally hiding himself. How does
theatrical performance lead to a new social consciousness in
which the meaning of self and society are re-examined?
1) The University urges everyone to secure, privately, "Travel Insurance".
2) At this time, no special medical precautions are needed prior to arrival
in Greece. However, medical authorities customarily recommend tetanus and booster
updates for those who have not had them within the last ten years. Please consult
3) Participants are responsible for own health insurance. Please verify with
your carrier that your health plan is valid overseas. Most are for short periods
like the trip, but a few, like Medicare, only work in the United States. Continuing
SIUC students may be covered by the SIUC health plan; please confirm with Study
4) Southern Illinois University Carbondale reserves the right to decline any
|FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS AND INFORMATION:
|Professor Robert Hahn
, Department of Philosophy: (618) 536-6641
, 2007 Program Director, Professor of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Ph.D. Philosophy, Yale University), Outstanding Teacher of the College, Outstanding Educator in the University, history of philosophy, ethics, ancient architecture.
NANCY RUFF, 2007 Program Co-Director, Professor of English, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Ph.D. English, Princeton University), ancient languages and literature, the role of women in antiquity.
RICHARD E. SCHULER, Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Fontbonne University (St. Louis) (M.S. Physics, University of Missouri-St. Louis, M. Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University), ancient astronomy and physics.
BARBARA TSAKIRGIS, Associate Professor of Classics and Art History, Vanderbilt University (Ph.D. Classical Archaeology, Princeton University), Hellenistic Egypt, domestic architecture.
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