HIstory of Ancient and Modern Greece
      Dates: May-June, 2016 (3 weeks) TBD

Application Deadline: December 4, 2015


Three weeks of first-hand learning in Greece and the Aegean
The intensive, exciting three-week exploration of ancient and modern Greek culture, history and literature is led by Prof. David Wick of the History Department, and will involve students in classroom study and tromping through Greece and Turkey. We will focus on ancient history, culture and landscape from a historical and literature/linguistic perspective. The development of modern orthodox, secular and protestant cultures in Greece will also be examined as sites require.



The seminar takes students to numerous key sites through Greece and into Turkey.

Athens—Orientation and Introduction
The Aegean—Travel in the Greek islands
Athens & Southern Greece
Northern Greece, Macedonia—Katerini (or Leptokaria) & Thessaloniki

A normal day would include some combination of the following:

  • Informal lectures and class discussions
  • Visits to
    • historic sites
    • modern family households
    • businesses
    • churches
  • A variety of course readings and journal responses
  • A research paper based on a focus area



Students in HIS291 and ENG291 share all required History of Ancient and Modern Greece readings.   Research projects, track readings and course journals allow students to focus on one of the areas below.

  • The Cultures of Ancient Greece:  Prehistoric/ancient/Hellenistic Greek history, art, archeology, Roman Greece, the Byzantine world, Greece and Islam HIS291
  • Greek Plays in Context: Sophokles (tragedies) and Aristophanes (comedies): (Classics majors/minors who chose this track will read and translate extracts of the Greek alongside the English Translations; other majors will read translations only) ENG291
  • Paul, the New Testament Greek World and early Christianity:  The sites and cultural flavor of Paul's missionary ventures, the early Church in Greece, the rise and culture of Greek Orthodox Christianity HIS291
  • A Cross-Cultural Study of some aspect of Modern Greek Life:  Including modern Greek business life, family culture, contemporary urban life in Greece, interaction with the cultures of Eastern Europe and Islam (to fulfill the Modern Europe Requirement for the History Major) HIS291


Registration for international seminars is handled by the GEO. After accepted students have paid their deposit to the GEO, the GEO register seminar participants.


Students wishing to fulfill Global Understanding core through participation in the Greece Seminar must:

  • Participate in COR210 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 1 (0-credit) in APRIL 2015. Lab fees apply.
  • Participate in COR211 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 2 (0-credit) in SEPTEMBER 2015. Lab fees apply.

Please respond to emails from the GEO about registration for COR210 and 211. Both COR210 and 211 are one-day Saturday classes.

Contact GEO for further details.



Program costs include: tuition, airfare, site fees, meals and lodgings, totaling approximately $5500 (to be finalized costs may depending on the airline's fees, and the euro-dollar exchange rate). 

A $30 non-refundable application fee and a $450 program deposit** must accompany the application. The remainder will be billed to student accounts. Full details available from Student Financial Services. (**The program deposit will be refunded if the course does not run or if the student is not accepted.)



Please note, applications will be considered for acceptance in the order received.

  • Complete online application (link available to Gordon students only)
  • Email  explaining which of the tracks you want to pursue.
  • Submit a non-refundable $30 application fee
  • Submit a $450 program deposit (deposit will be returned if course does not run or if student in not accepted)

Non-Gordon students interested in applying to HIS291, apply here and email  for additional information. 



For further information contact:
The Global Education Office
P 978 867 4399

Prof. David P. Wick
Associate Professor of History