UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Closed

Travelers in Greece

Athens, Nafplion, Hydra, Poros - Greece

Arrive Date: June 28, 2016   End Date: July 26, 2016

Program Overview

When the god of sea and the goddess of wisdom competed for patronage of the great city, Poseidon, striking his trident to the ground, offered water. Athena planted an olive tree becoming the patron deity of Athens, the starting point of our program. Through several field trips to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the program will take students from Athens to the oracle of Delphi and the monasteries of Meteora and Mystras to the olive groves of the Peloponnese and the kingdom of the Myceneans. Crossing the Aegean Sea, our class will conclude in the islands of Hydra and Poros. Traveling the same lands with the American and Greek writers (in translation) the class will be reading, students will examine the intersections of a rich past and a complex present in a land where the gods still speak.

Instructor: Aliki Dragona

Taught in: English

Max Enrollment: 32

Program Coordinator: Sarah Wiens

Info Session Presentation


English (ENL) 139Topics in Global Literatures and Cultures (4 units)

English (ENL) 198Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

Program Highlights
  • Visit the cradle of Western Civilization, where democracy was born.
  • Walk on some of the most famous sites: the Acropolis and the Parthenon; the Oracle of Delphi; the monasteries of Meteora, suspended between heaven and earth; the citadel of Mycenae and Agamemnon’s tomb; the stadium of ancient Nemea; and medieval Mystras.
  • Read and write about Greece while traveling and immersing yourself in its culture and history.
  • Odysseus did it first. Now, you can too!
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