History of Ancient and Modern Greece
Dates: May–June 2019 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline: December 15, 2018


Three weeks of first-hand learning in Greece and the Aegean
This 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 Dr. Graeme Bird of the Classics Department and will immerse students in a week of classroom study and three weeks of local living, study, on-site research, and travel through Greece and Turkey. We will focus on ancient history, culture, and landscape; New Testament backgrounds and historical culture; modern orthodox, secular, and Protestant cultures in Greece all from a historical and literature/linguistic perspective.


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 may choose from the following tracks for the focus of the coursework including presentations, research projects, and journals:

  • Major Track: Many Cultures of Ancient Greece: prehistoric/ancient/ Hellenistic Greek history, art, archeology, Roman Greece, the Byzantine world, Greece, and Islam
  • Major Track: Classical Greek language and literature in original settings—locales of many great myths and dramas, landscapes where epic tales come to life, where poets wrote or sang them, the living language of Homer and Herodotus aloud on the streets
  • Alternative Track Options: Paul, the New Testament Greek World, and early Christianity: sites of Paul's venture into the West, the early Church in Greece, the rise and culture of Greek Orthodox Christianity. Modern Greece, Europe, and the Middle East: today's Greek culture as a laboratory on the living edge between East and West. Military History of Ancient or Modern Greece: great commanders, battles and military lessons, from the testing ground in the Greek and Greco-Roman worlds.


The GEO will notify students when they are able to register.


Program costs include tuition, airfare, site fees, meals and lodgings, totaling approximately $5500 (may fluctuate due to cost of airfare and the euro-dollar exchange rate). 

A $30 non-refundable application fee must accompany the application. A $450 deposit will be required within 10 days of acceptance. The remainder will be billed to student accounts. Full details available from Student Financial Services.

Scholarships are available for Gordon students. Scholarships forms are due with application. Click here for scholarship form. 


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
  • A $450 deposit will be required within 10 days of acceptance.

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