UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status:  Not Offered in 2018

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Travelers in Greece

Athens, Nafplion, Hydra, Mykonos - Greece

Arrive Date: June 27, 2017   End Date: July 25, 2017

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 Mystras to the olive groves of the Peloponnese and the kingdom of the Myceneans. Crossing the Aegean Sea, our class will conclude on the islands of Hydra and Mykonos. 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:  30

Program Coordinator:  Erin Schlemmer

Student Video Projects (Credit: Traci Bourne, Rachel Vogel)



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; travel to the Greek islands.
  • Walk on famous sites: the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the Oracle of Delphi, the citadel of Mycenae and Agamemnon’s tomb, the stadium of ancient Nemea, and medieval Mystras; visit the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis in ancient Delos.
  • Read and write about Greece while traveling and immersing yourself in its culture and history.
  • Odysseus did it first. You can too!
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