Athens is the vibrant and cosmopolitan capital of modern Greece, but it is also a city with a long past – a past which remains visible today not only in its many museums and archaeological sites, but also in its layout and architecture. This course makes use of these material remnants of the city’s past to provide students with a hands-on introduction to the history of Athens and the culture of its people, ancient and contemporary. It begins with the emergence of Athens as an independent city-state in a world of ancient Greek city-states; it touches on the city’s later role as both an imperial power and as a state subjugated by larger empires; and it concludes by considering the significance of Athens to the modern Greek nation-state. By combining close readings of selected texts with visits to and discussions of key archaeological sites and museum exhibits, the course will challenge students to reflect on two broad questions:
- How can we use both material and literary artifacts in our efforts to construct knowledge about the past?
- How does the modern Greek nation-state understand and represent that past?
This program is offered for 2 credits in Spring 2021
The cost of this program is $1,450. This fee will cover accommodations, all instructional costs, and some meals (welcome dinner at a local taverna on Saturday, March 6, and lunch from Monday, March 8 through Friday, March 12). Students will also need to purchase their own airfare to Athens, as well as those meals not included in the program fee.
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- Professor Emily Jusino, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion and Classics, email@example.com