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Study Abroad in Greece


A study abroad trip to Greece is planned for March 6-15, 2015.

Highlights of this 10-day excursion to Greece include the Acropolis in Athens, Mycenae, the Sanctuary of Delphi, the important archaeological site of Mycenae, the ancient theater at Epidaurus, and a day on the island of Aegina. These sites will provide students with deeper contextual knowledge of the sources used in the course. However, travelers will not spend all of our time "in the classroom" as the current itinerary includes time to explore Patras, Corinth, and Athens.




  • March 6-8 — Athens: Tour of Athens, Acropolis, National Archaeological Museum.
  • March 9 — Delphi.
  • March 10 — Delphi to Corinth, with stopover in Patras for lunch and sightseeing.
  • March 11 — Corinth and afternoon at ancient theater in Epidaurus.
  • March 12 — Argos and Mycenae.
  • March 13 — Ferry to spend a day on island of Aegina.
  • March 14 — Free day to explore Athens.

HON 2901: Our Big Fat Greek Heritage

logo-cepa.pngIn this course, students will learn why we still ask the same questions posed and answered by the ancient Greeks 2500 years ago. Not only are these questions still asked, but our modern political lives and contemporary policy debates reflect the diversity found in classical Greek thought on topics such as human nature, the nature and justification of political authority, and different systems of government.

For example, our understanding of democracy, inherited from the ancient Greeks through our Founding Fathers' interpretation of their works, shapes our current perspectives on the role of government, the structure of political institutions, the duties of citizens, political behavior, and foreign policy objectives.

In this course, we will begin with modern documents related to politics and policy in a variety of issue areas and in the academic literature. We will then pair these modern documents with works from classical Greek thought, drawing connections and identifying differences between modern political philosophy, policy perspectives and outcomes and the ideas on politics expressed two and a half millennia ago.

We should understand how the environment of ancient Greek produced and shaped their ideas. Similarly, our modern environment produces and shapes our ideas, including our interpretation of ancient Greek thought. The course trip, over Catawba College's 2015 spring break, provides students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the intellectual artifacts left to the modern world by the Greeks through experiencing physical remnants of the classical Greek civilization.


This trip is open to students enrolled in Our Big Fat Greek Heritage. A small number of and faculty and staff may be eligible to participate in the trip, with consideration given to the health of our course learning community and the availability of open spaces in the tour package.


The projected cost of this trip is ~$3000. The final cost is dependent on airfare and any potential subsidy that may be offered to student participants.

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