Field Study in Athens, Greece
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All elective courses, including ancient languages, at the Arcadia Center in Athens require a two-day field study component. Locations vary by semester and are at the discretion of the professor.
Professors provide field study programming with particular relevance to each course's syllabus and learning objectives. Generally the field study introduces students to remarkable and often undiscovered topoi in Greece. The field study calendar is set in advance and dates and destinations are included in each class syllabus.
Listed are just a few recent examples:
- Modern Greek Language classes
The Modern Greek courses offered at the Athens Center are an essential element in the program of cultural immersion which informs the academic program in Athens. Through language learning, students sharpen their skills of cultural observation, thus acquiring cross cultural understanding and the means to explore and familiarize with Greek culture in an in depth way.
During the field study on the island of Tzia (Kea), students were encouraged to order coffee and food in Greek, to find their way around the island and challenged to take part in an elaborate Greek language treasure hunt which required the use of their language skills. The prize: fresh figs and traditional Greek treats by the seaside!
- LIMO 320 Greek Literature as Culture & ARAN 310/HIAN 310 Athens on Site I
Archaeology and the City Topos/Chronos/ Metamorphosis (Space/Time/Transformation) was the theme that joined the students from these two chronologically distinct classes. Students explored the ancient remains on the island of Aigina and considered the historical continuity of classical forms in the neoclassical architecture of the island. Ancient and modern were also joined in a reading of the poems of Angelos Sikelianos whose work was informed by the ideal of the Delphic games. Aigina continues to inspire artists, such as the writers of the Generation of the 1930s, and the field study concluded with a reading of some of the poems of contemporary Katerina Anghelaki Rooke.
- Ancient Languages
Students and instructors of Ancient Greek and Latin spent their field study in the ancient theatre of Epidaurus. Students were familiarized with the essentials of the ancient dramatic art, its survival through Roman theatre, and its continuing influence in modern theater. The students sat in the theatre as spectators, acted out Sophocles’ Antigone, discussed written laws and moral justice and tested the acoustics of the theatre.
- ARMO 310/HIMO 310 Athens on Site II: History and Architecture in the City
The field study for this class visited Hermoupoli, the capital of the island of Syros, one of the great commercial centers of the Cycladic islands and one of the most important ports of the Eastern Mediterranean in the 19th century. Students explored of the urban development of Hermoupoli and the culture it housed. As one student enthused: “Indeed, this is the city of Hermes, full of the power of youth, moving freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine”.