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Adventures Online: Discover Greece Through the Ages

Experience the history and lore of the Greek Islands during this live, online adventure that allows you to journey from one island to another from the comfort of your home.
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Online Program

Adventures Online: Discover Greece Through the Ages

Experience the history and lore of the Greek Islands during this live, online adventure that allows you to journey from one island to another from the comfort of your home.
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The Byzantine World
From the comfort of your own home.
4
The Bronze Age, Aegean Civilization
From the comfort of your own home.
5
Modern Greek History, Paros, Mykonos, Plaka
From the comfort of your own home.
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At a Glance

Known for its aesthetic beauty and fascinating lore and legends, Greece — and its many islands — just waits to be explored during this special online learning adventure! Join our experts live from Greece as they share their insight into the mythology and reality that has shaped this historic nation. Discover the ancient mystery of the Acropolis during a virtual field trip, and explore the islands of Delos, Paros and Mykonos as you continue your journey into the lore and traditions that continue to be a valued part of modern Greek society. Enjoy expert-led lectures and Q&A, and engage with your fellow Road Scholars during opportunities to review and discuss what you’ve learned.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Embark on a virtual field trip to the Acropolis — built as both a fortress and a sanctuary to the goddess Athena — to trace the roots of western civilization and democracy.
  • Join your experts for a virtual exploration of the islands of Delos, Paros and Mykonos and delve into ancient Greek religion and traditions.
  • Gain insight into the Byzantine Empire and learn how the turbulent histories of Greece and Turkey often intertwined.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The King Must Die
by Mary Renault
The first in Mary Renault's trilogy of well-researched page-turners features the tale of Theseus, slayer of the Minotaur and the king of Athens. Known for her exhaustive research, Renault is an acknowledged master of historical fiction.
Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History
by Marina Belozerskaya, Kenneth Lapatin
This lively illustrated guide covers the architecture, painting and sculpture of Ancient Greece from the third millennium to the end of the Hellenistic period. With 282 color and 28 black-and-white illustrations.
The World of the Ancient Greeks
by John Camp, Elizabeth Fisher
Featuring hundreds of illustrations and invitingly short chapters on topics from the first Greeks to the Heroic Age and classical Athens. With modern color photographs of great Greek cities from Athens and Delphi to Knossos, Ephesus, Pergamum and Priene.
Corelli's Mandolin
by Louis De Bernieres
This lyrical novel captures the humanity, quirks and loves of village life in the Greek islands. A satire of war, this charming and richly-colored novel is set on Cephalonia during the Italian occupation in the 1940s.
The Parthenon
by Mary Beard
A lively tale of the construction, significance and uses of the 2,500-year-old architectural marvel.
Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands
by Eyewitness Guides
Color photography, excellent local maps and an island-by-island synopsis of attractions make this book the one to carry with you. Includes a chapter on Athens.
Greek, A Language Map
by Kristine K. Kershul
This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly needed words and phrases.
The Most Beautiful Villages of Greece
by Mark Ottaway
Organized geographically, this handsome oversize picture book is an illustrated portrait of Greece with hundreds of color photographs accompanying lively essays.
The Greek Myths, Complete Edition
by Robert Graves
A new edition of Graves' classic collection with a cover by comic book artist Ross MacDonald. This expert retelling by Graves, a poet, memoirist and the author of I, Claudius (ITL429), still remains the seminal modern translation of the mythologies of Ancient Greece.
Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Artemis Leontis (Editor)
In this terrific anthology, 24 modern Greek writers offer a flavor of their nation, its culture and people, beautiful landscapes and rich history.
Greece Map
by Michelin
A colorful shaded map of Greece, the Greek Islands and the western coast of Turkey (including Istanbul) at a scale of 1:800,000.
A Traveller's History of Greece
by Timothy Boatswain, Colin Nicolson
A nicely written survey from prehistory through the 1990s: wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed.
Greece, Land of Light
by Nicholas Gage, Barry Brukoff
Brukoff's dramatic color photographs are paired with incisive commentary by award-winning author Nicholas Gage for this striking portrait of the people, land and history of Greece and the islands.
Homer the Classic
by Gregory Nagy
Harvard classics scholar Nagy considers how Homer’s poetry was greeted in its own day and in the centuries immediately following the great bard.
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter
by Thomas Cahill
Cahill brings to life ancient Greek society and civilization through the lives and words of politicians, playwrights, a poet, a philosopher and an artist in this eloquent and absorbing tribute.
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
by Robert Morkot
This pictorial survey of Greek antiquity, recording its culture and expansion, features dozens of full-color maps.
It's All Greek to Me
by Charlotte Higgins
With timelines, a who's who, charts and maps, this handy little primer is a thoroughly entertaining introduction to everything Greek, from poetry and drama to philosophy, history and culture.
Travels With Epicurus
by Daniel Klein
Daniel Klein's witty meditation on the ancients, life in the Greek Islands, his favorite philosophers -- and growing old gracefully -- is also a delightful romp through the Aegean, primarily set on Hydra.
The Complete World of Greek Mythology
by Richard Buxton
With hundreds of color illustrations, site plans, genealogies and maps, this handsome, encyclopedic reference illuminates the world of the Greek gods.
The Colossus of Maroussi
by Henry Miller
Miller captures the spirit and warmth of the resilient Greek people in this inspired tale of a wartime journey from Athens to Crete, Corfu and Delphi with his friend Lawrence Durrell.
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5 days
DAY
1
Welcome, Orientation, Introductions, Classical Civilization
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: All times noted are Eastern Time. Today’s session will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Welcome meeting (30 minutes). We will gather for an orientation and overview of the the program followed by introductions. 11:30 a.m. Lecture (60 minutes). We will analyze the social and political context that gave birth to Classical civilization: the foundation of the city-state, colonization, and the birth of democracy. We will also consider the Persian wars and their significance for the development of the ancient Greek world.

Afternoon: 12:30 p.m. Break (20 minutes). 12:50 p.m. Virtual field trip (60 minutes). We’ll set out on a virtual exploration of the world-famous ruins of the Acropolis and its history that goes back 6,000 years. We’ll see the astonishing architecture, optical refinements of the Parthenon, and its magnificent sculptural decoration. We’ll also learn about the function of the Acropolis both as the sanctuary of Athena as well as a fortress and gain an understanding of why and how this structure has been endowed with timeless principles and symbolisms. 1:50 p.m. We’ll have a wrap-up session (40 minutes) with questions and answers (Q&A) to summarize what we’ve learned and set the stage for tomorrow. 2:30 p.m. Today’s online presentation ends.

DAY
2
Ancient Greek Religion, Sanctuaries in Ancient Greece
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: All times noted are Eastern Time. Today’s session will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 2:05 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Review of the day. 11:05 a.m. Lecture (60 minutes). We will learn about the polytheistic character of ancient Greek religion including the role of Greek mythology and its universal symbolisms. We’ll also examine cult practices of the ancient Greeks and different type of sacrifices as well as the function of sanctuaries and the role of Panhellenic cults and festivals.

Afternoon: 12:05 p.m. Break (20 minutes). 12:25 p.m. Virtual field trip (60 minutes). We will see the sanctuary of Apollo at Delos. How and why did this tiny, remote, barren island became the religious center of the ancient Greek world? In mythology, Leto — a titan who coupled with Zeus — fled here and gave birth to the twin deities Apollo and Artemis and Delos became a center of Apollo worship. But in fact, Delos was considered sacred long before Olympian mythology took hold. We’ll explore the sanctuary where Apollo was born, see the famous lions of Delos, residential Hellenistic quarters, and the commercial markets. 1:25 p.m. Wrap-up with Q&A (40 minutes). 2:05 p.m. Today’s online presentation ends.

DAY
3
The Byzantine World
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: All times noted are Eastern Time. Today’s session will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 2:05 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Review of the day. 11:05 a.m. Lecture (60 minutes). We’ll learn about the foundation and history of the Byzantine Empire and delve into Byzantine architecture and art. We will also consider more complex issues such as the relationship between the Byzantine Empire and the West, the role of religion in the Empire, and the schism between the Orthodox and Catholic churches. During our virtual field trip, we will see examples of Byzantine architecture in the churches of Paros and Athens.

Afternoon: 12:05 p.m. Break (20 minutes). 12:25 p.m. Lecture-Interview-Interactive Q&A (60 minutes). Professor Ioanna Christoforaki is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art in Athens. She will provide expert commentary as we review the recent transformation of the church of Saint Sophia in Constantinople into a mosque by the Turkish government. The medieval past, especially in countries like Greece and Turkey with a turbulent common history, has often been used to promote ideas of ethnic superiority and so we will discuss the use and misuse of Byzantine monuments. 1:25 p.m. Break (20 minutes). 1:45 p.m. Wrap-up with Q&A (40 minutes). 2:05 p.m. Today’s online presentation ends.

DAY
4
The Bronze Age, Aegean Civilization
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: All times noted are Eastern Time. Today’s session will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 2:05 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Review of the day. 11:05 a.m. Lecture (60 minutes). We will focus on Minoan civilization and learn about the function of its palaces, the role of religion, and trade links with Egypt and the Near East. “Minoan” — for legendary King Minos — is the name applied by archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans who was excavating on the island of Crete from 1900-1905. We’ll also learn about the eruption of the Santorini volcano circa 1600 BCE and the resulting “time capsule” of Akrotiri on the island of Thera, now known as Santorini. We will see excavated houses, everyday items, and some of the famous Minoan arts and frescoes that still fascinate thousands of visitors.

Afternoon: 12:05 p.m. Break (20 minutes). 12:25 p.m. Lecture-Interview-Interactive Q&A (60 minutes). with Professor Georgios Vavouranakis of the National University of Athens who will discuss archaeological excavations. Professor Vavouranakis is an archaeologist with extensive fieldwork experience. His focus is Aegean Prehistory and archaeological theory, in particular Minoan Crete, funerary rites, landscape archaeology, and the social role of architecture and images. 1:25 p.m. Wrap-up (30 minutes). 2:05 p.m. Today’s online presentation ends.

DAY
5
Modern Greek History, Paros, Mykonos, Plaka
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: All times noted are Eastern Time. Today’s session will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 2:05 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Review of the day. 11:05 a.m. Lecture (60 minutes). We will examine the revitalization of western interest towards Classicism as well as the role of “Romantic” era travelers and their relationship to the Greek War of Independence. We’ll learn about the creation of the modern Greek state and the synthesis of modern Greek identity from the 19th century until today from an anthropological perspective. In the process, we will gain deeper insights into modern Greek culture.

Afternoon: 12:05 p.m. Break (20 minutes). 12:25 p.m. Virtual field trip (60 minutes). We will see key areas of the islands of Paros and Mykonos as well as the historic Plaka district in Athens. As we explore winding streets and traditional architecture, we will learn more about daily life in modern Greece. 1:25 p.m. Wrap-up, Q&A, and farewells (30 minutes). 2:05 p.m. This concludes our program.






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