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The Parthenon



Gordon College's intensive exploration of ancient and modern Greece is led jointly by history professors David Wick and David Goss. Students will be immersed in a three-week experience of local living, study, on-site research and travel throughout Greece and Turkey. The seminar will focus on ancient history, culture, landscape, and the crafts/artifacts of ancient Greece. How do archeology and the art of curating artifacts affect the stories they tell today? 

The course includes information lectures, visits to historic sites, public & private museums, and the craft of replica recreation. Greece is on the "cutting edge" of where cultural ideas that preserve the past & shape Europe and the EU are developed.


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 to focus their coursework (including presentations, research projects and journals) on one of the following tracks:

  • Major Track: Many Cultures of Ancient and Modern Greece: prehistoric/ancient/ Hellenistic Greek history, art, archeology, Roman Greece, the Byzantine world, Greece, and Islam, Modern Greece & the EU.
  • Major Track: Classical Greek (historical sites, museums and historical interpreting, curating)—explore the sites of the great myths and dramas, landscapes and collections from the great events of Greek myth and history.
  • 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 lodging. Costs may fluctuate due to the cost of airfare and the euro-dollar exchange rate. Please contact Professor David Wick for more information.

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.


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

  • Complete online application 
  • 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
Professor of History

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