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Online Program

Adventures Online: The Legends & History of Turkey

Program No. 24295RJ
Embark on a virtual journey to the Mediterranean to immerse yourself in the history and legends of Troy, Ephesus and Cappadocia on this learning adventure, live from Turkey!
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3 days
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Online Program
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Learn from the comfort of your own home.

DATES & PRICES

Online Program
Accommodation Details

Learn from the comfort of your own home.

3 days
1
Welcome, Orientation, Introductions, Troy
From the comfort of your own home.
2
Review of the Day, Ephesus
From the comfort of your own home.
3
Review of the Day, Cappadocia, Program Concludes
From the comfort of your own home.
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At a Glance

There’s no end to what you can learn when you study the legends and history of Turkey — from your home! Join local experts live from Turkey for a first-hand look into the ancient lands of Troy, Ephesus and Cappadocia during this online learning adventure. From the comfort of your home, embark on virtual field trips to explore the archaeological settlements of these historic places, and take in the artifacts of the Troy Museum, Ephesus Museum and Goreme Open Air Museum. Throughout your learning adventure, attend lectures that shed light on Homer and the Iliad, early Roman and Christian traditions, and the geological evolution of Cappadocia and its landscape. Share your enthusiasm for ancient history with your fellow Road Scholars as you delight in seeing ancient history come to life before your eyes.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Immerse yourself in Trojan history during a virtual field trip to the archaeological settlement of Troy and the new Troy Museum.
  • Explore the marble streets, millennia-old temples and impressive buildings of Ephesus during a virtual field trip, and take in the artifacts of the Ephesus Museum.
  • Journey to Cappadocia on a virtual field trip to explore its underground city and the Goreme Open Air Museum, pay a visit to a local potter’s workshop and take in a Whirling Dervish ceremony.

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. In keeping with our Traditional On-Site programs, ALL ADVENTURES ONLINE MULTI-DAY PROGRAMS (INCLUDING THIS PROGRAM) ARE PRESENTED LIVE; THESE PROGRAMS ARE NOT RECORDED. 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.
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Kazim Uzunoglu
Kazim started his tourism career as a licensed national guide in Turkey in 1987. He studied Economics at the University of Virginia but decided to stick to the travel business. After many years of leading educational tour programs around Turkey, he switched to the organizational side of the operation in 2004 and started running Baltac Tourism and Travel, the program provider for Road Scholar in Turkey. He is committed to offering the best educational programs to the discerning Road Scholar participants. His hobbies are riding motorcycles around the world, vintage cars and motorcycles, photography, and rock'n roll music.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Volkan Yazici was born in 1980 and studied physics engineering at Istanbul Technical University. He became a professional group leader in 2005, specializing in art history and architecture. His hobbies include reading and playing basketball, chess, and bridge. He says he loves being a group leader because it motivates self-improvement through interaction with people. “It is also very rewarding to introduce Turkey to Road Scholars as the way it is," Volkan says.
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Kazim Uzunoglu View biography
Kazim started his tourism career as a licensed national guide in Turkey in 1987. He studied Economics at the University of Virginia but decided to stick to the travel business. After many years of leading educational tour programs around Turkey, he switched to the organizational side of the operation in 2004 and started running Baltac Tourism and Travel, the program provider for Road Scholar in Turkey. He is committed to offering the best educational programs to the discerning Road Scholar participants. His hobbies are riding motorcycles around the world, vintage cars and motorcycles, photography, and rock'n roll music.
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Sami Ozcini View biography
Sami Ozcini has shared his love for Turkey — and his home city of Istanbul — with Road Scholar participants for more than 12 years. His on-site lectures bring a different perspective to understanding and appreciating the rich history and legacy of Istanbul. A graduate of Marmara University, Sami has a degree in English literature and enjoys traveling throughout Europe, Australia and the U.S. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking and acting as a referee for amateur football games in Istanbul.
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Dr. Zeynep Kuban is an assistant professor of architecture at Istanbul Technical University, one of the most prominent educational institutions in Turkey. Her special area of interest is architectural history. Dr. Kuban’s lectures to Road Scholar participants share her wonderful insights on the creation of one of the world’s most architecturally fascinating cities from early Roman times to the 21st century.
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Ancient Ephesus: The History and Legacy of One of Antiquity’s Greatest Cities
by Charles River Editors
The Iliad
by Homer
The Discovery of Troy and its Lost History
by Bernard Jones
Caves of God: Cappadocia and its Churches
by Spiro Kostof
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3 days
DAY
1
Welcome, Orientation, Introductions, Troy
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: Today’s session will start at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and end at 4:40 p.m.

Morning: 1:00 p.m. Welcome, Orientation, Introductions. Our Group Leader will greet everyone and review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, Zoom meeting protocols, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions. We will then say hello to our fellow Road Scholars. 1:40 p.m. Lecture. We are learning that Troy — or Ilium or Wilusa — may be more real than the ancient fables of Homer, presumed author of the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey” stretching back thousands of years in human imagination We will have a presentation on the topography, mythology, history, archaeology, and significance of the real life archaeological site of Hisarlik that has been identified as Troy. We’ll also learn about archaeological explorations since that of Heinrich Schliemann in 1870 and others who contributed to important discoveries.

Afternoon: 2:40 p.m. Break. 3:00 p.m. Virtual field trip. We will embark on a “virtual” exploration of the different layers of the ancient settlement of Troy. Starting with the Bronze Age ruins, we will go all the way to Roman and Byzantine remains. We will be better able to visualize the legends woven around Troy and gain a better understanding of the archaeology of the site with the myths surrounding this ancient site that goes 10 layers deep. We will also see highlights of the museum opened in 2018 that holds numerous artefacts from the excavations. The robust exterior has sides more than 100 feet long with a height equivalent to the pre-excavation height of ancient Troy. 4:00 p.m. Q&A followed by wrap-up and notes for the day (in different break-out rooms). 4:40 p.m. Today’s session will end.

DAY
2
Review of the Day, Ephesus
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: Today’s session will start at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and end at 4:05 p.m.

Morning: 1:00 p.m. Review of the day. 1:05 p.m. Lecture. Greeks had lived in the area of what became Ephesus as early as 1200 BCE, and a Greek colony was founded here in the 8th Century BCE. Today, it is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO inscription: “Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements founded on new locations, which followed the coastline as it retreated westward. Excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. Little remains of the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World,” which drew pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean.” We will have a presentation on the history, archaeology, and significance of this Greco-Roman city as a testimony to the cultural traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian periods. We’ll also learn about the development and worship of the cult of the female goddess, Artemis, and her extraordinary temple that consists today of a solitary column.

Afternoon: 2:05 p.m. Break. 2:25 p.m. Virtual field trip. We will take a virtual stroll along marble streets, millennia old temples, and impressive buildings of Ephesus. Highlights will include the magnificent Library of Celsus, one of the most beautifully designed structures in the ancient world; the grand theater of Ephesus with its seating capacity of 24,000; and the Terrace Houses where rich and famous Ephesians lived 2,000 years ago. We will also see some of the precious artifacts displayed in the Ephesus Museum. And we will note the forlorn remains of the Temple of Artemis, once one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. 3:25 p.m. Q&A followed by wrap-up and notes for the day (in different break-out rooms). 4:05 p.m. Today’s session will end.

DAY
3
Review of the Day, Cappadocia, Program Concludes
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: Today’s session will start at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and end at 4:05 p.m.

Morning: 1:00 p.m. Review of the day. 1:05 p.m. Lecture. We will trace the geological evolution of Cappadocia and its bizarre landscape, formed over a period of 60 million years. While human habitation began during the Paleolithic era, written history goes back to the Hittites. We’ll learn about the layers of historical settlements culminating in rock-cut churches and monasteries, testimony to humanity’s inherent skills to adapt to nature and challenging landscapes. We’ll also examine Cappadocia’s role in Christian history and its contribution to monasticism.

Afternoon: 2:05 p.m. Break. 2:25 p.m. Virtual field trip. It was discovered beneath a Byzantine-era castle and appears to have been able to hold many thousands of people. This extensive underground city was carved out as a safe haven for those fleeing from religious persecution, mainly used by early Christians for protection from invading Arabs. We will also visit the Goreme Open Air Museum — a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site — that was the most important monastic center of Cappadocia. From the UNESCO inscription: “In a spectacular landscape, entirely sculpted by erosion, the Göreme valley and its surroundings contain rock-hewn sanctuaries that provide unique evidence of Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period. Dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns – the remains of a traditional human habitat dating back to the 4th century – can also be seen there.” We’ll see elements of rock-cut churches beautifully decorated with frescoes depicting Biblical scenes and narrative. Pottery has been the most important handcraft for 5,000 years due to the Halys River flowing through Cappadocia. We will “visit” a potter’s workshop and observe a demonstration to understand the traditional methods of pottery-making still observed in the region. We’ll also see some footage from a Whirling Dervish ceremony in a 13th century caravanserai, an ancient camel “motel” on the Silk Road. 3:25 p.m. Q&A followed by wrap-up and farewells (in different break-out rooms). 4:05 p.m. This concludes our program.






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