University of Virginia, Greek Studies on Site 2019
I took “The Good Life” after my third year as a Classics Major at The University of Virginia. It was my first time going to Greece, and the course made it a life-changing experience. After some days touring the monuments and city of Athens, we took a ferry and set up shop on the beautiful island of Poros. Every morning, we would spend a few hours in the classroom in group discussion. Not only was the course material perfectly designed both to give a survey of moral philosophy and to set up deeper, more personal questions, but the discussions themselves were without fail incredibly engaging. After class, of course, we would take our big hard copies of The Complete Works of Plato and relax on one of Poros’ many beaches for an afternoon soaking in sunshine and philosophy.
I came out of “The Good Life” with a much deeper understanding of the foundations of moral philosophy in the ancient and modern world, and what it means to us. The chance to see Athens and learn about its history was also unforgettable. I recommend Greek Studies on Site to my friends and peers at school at every chance!
UCLA, Greek Studies on Site 2018
Traveling to Greece to study philosophy with Greek Studies on Site was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Walking the paths of the philosophers and orators we were studying really put the lives of the Ancient Greeks into perspective. Particularly memorable for me was seeing the Temple of Zeus, Poseidon, and the Parthenon.
On this trip I made lifelong friends, ate amazing food (vegan friendly), and got to know myself as well as the world of both Ancient and Modern Greece. Thanks for the experience of a lifetime, Greek Studies on Site!
Stockholm University, Greek Studies on Site 2018
This programme was the perfect way for me to improve my knowledge of ancient Greek philosophy and mythology, while at the same time being immersed in modern Greece and learning about its complex relationship with ancient Greek civilization.
The seminars were taught by competent, engaging and enthusiastic teachers, with well-planned and relevant readings, and groups small enough to allow for quality discussions and interaction. The programme of visits was equally well organized. I especially enjoyed our visits to Plato's Academy, Eleusis and the Areopagus, where we had on-site lessons on the Republic, the Eleusinian mysteries and Athenian democracy. We also spent a magical night watching Sophocles' Electra at the Epidaurus festival - where Georgia was kind enough to take the whole group on our request, although that visit was not included in the original programme.
I would recommend Greek Studies on Site to anyone wanting to learn more about ancient Greek thought and to experience sites of interest in and around Athens in a fun, engaging and memorable way that really helps bring the ancient texts to life.
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Cambridge University, Greek Studies on Site 2016
Greek Studies on Site was an invaluable experience that I shall take with me for the rest of my life. I had the opportunity to meet many interesting people from around the world, equally passionate about Classics and Ancient Greece as I was.
The programme itself is very well organised and designed to maximise learning. Each day offers a new experience. By the end of the course, we had all gained an extensive and thorough understanding of ancient Athens.
The teachers are not only experts in Ancient Greek studies, but also very kind, friendly, and genuinely interested in you. The teaching itself is of the highest quality.
After the course, I took all my knowledge and experiences with me back to university. In hindsight, Greek Studies on Site was a pivotal point for me in my career choices, as it gave me both the motivation and encouragement to continue pursuing what I love.
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Greek Studies on Site 2015
After the final year of my PhD studies in Ancient History, I wanted an experience that would be both a wonderful adventure and an educational highlight of my studies: I am happy to say that the Greek Studies on Site program has been all that and more!
I picked the Greek Gods module, masterfully taught by Professor Jenny Strauss Clay. Her wit and learning made the difficult subject matter not only approachable, but also immensely enjoyable. This was the summer when I was working on my postdoctoral applications. Our class discussions and Prof. Clay's remarks helped me improve my project: as a result, I won a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, for which I am exceedingly grateful.
Greece in July was a feast for the senses. I still remember colors of market stalls, the smell of blooming oleanders and the refreshing coolness of Greek yogurt we had every day for dessert. Visiting temples and museums by morning, learning about Greek gods by afternoon, and touring Athens on our own by night was a perfect combination of learning and leisure. I have very fond memories of my Greek Studies on Site program and I am definitely looking forward to my next stay in Greece!
Rutgers University, Greek Studies on Site 2014
I took the Greek Studies on Site Love in Antiquity course after completing my Bachelor's degree at CUNY Queens College. I was always interested in philosophical ideas of love and thought that the course would be a perfect fit - especially since I would get to visit many of the sites I've come across in my undergraduate studies.
After the Greek Studies on Site program I began my graduate work at Rutgers University, where I have completed my second year of a PhD program in Classics. The tour sites of the program have consistently come up in my readings and have added another dimension to my studies - such as our visit to the very slippery Areopagus or our creation of maps in the Kerameikos. The fun and informative tours bring me back to good memories and sometimes make me forget that I've been studying so late into the night!
I am so glad to have taken part in the Greek Studies on Site program - the instructors and students are just as amazing as Greece and I cannot wait to return one day!
Cornell University, Greek Studies on Site 2014
I participated in the Greek Studies on Site program after finishing my sophomore year at Cornell University, and chose to enroll in the Greek Mythology course. Greek Mythology had been a great favorite of mine since childhood, and I was eager to study the subject at its birthplace.
Our visits to various archaeological and historic sites, coupled with our classroom discussions, allowed me to enjoy and appreciate Athens from its glorious past to its fascinating present.
I am graduating in May 2016 with a Bachelor's in Anthropology and Archaeology and a German Studies minor, and am excited to begin my PhD degree in South Asian Archaeology at UCLA in the fall.
The Greek Studies on Site family is a cherished part of my undergraduate education and my life; I am so lucky to be part of it!