Students enrolled in the program are expected to enroll concurrently in ancient Greek or Latin (at the appropriate level). Studying the language will allow you to interact more intimately with the course material and the culture.
In the Fall semester, we will read some of the most seminal works of Greek literature and we will discuss their lasting legacy throughout the centuries. We will think about the value as well as the malleability of the past in the context of reception, and, ultimately, we will inquire what ancient Greece represents and contributes to our own discourses and cultures today.
In the Spring, we will delve into Classical Athens, focusing on the historical and cultural context in which democracy emerged and thrived. By looking at both the archaeological evidence and literary sources, we will learn how Athenian democracy functioned and we will investigate what the advantages and the limitations of its institutions were. We will also explore how the democratic institutions shaped other aspects of Athenian culture (e.g., the aesthetics of contemporary drama).
The courses during the school year will prepare us for the highlight of this program: a two-week trip to Greece! While in Greece, we will spend one week in Athens and one week traveling to archaeological sites throughout Central Greece and the Peloponnese.