Rome students are once again embarking on the 40-year-old Rome Program tradition, the Greece trip. On Friday, after a brief stop in Bari, Italy, to visit the Basilica of St. Nicholas, students will board the ferry to Patras, Greece. During the 10-day trip, Romers will visit Olympia, Nafplion, Epidauros, Mycenae, Athens, Delphi and Meteora.
After landing in Greece, the first destination is Olympia, site of the classical Olympic Games. Next, students will travel to Epidauros to visit the sanctuary of Asclepius, Greek god of healing, and read from Euripides' "Bacchae" in the Theater of Epidauros, which boasts some of the most marvelous acoustics known to man. From the center of the stage, a speaker can project his voice to every part of the 15,000-seat theater.
In Athens, students will visit the Acropolis, the Theatre of Dionysius, the Agora and the National Archaeological Museum, as well as enjoying some free time. From there, students travel to Delphi, ancient seat of the Delphic Oracle, and then to Meteora, a complex of monasteries constructed atop sandstone pillars.
"I loved everything about the Greece trip," said Fall 2012 Romer Angela Andrews. "My favorite part was probably Delphi. The scenery is beautiful, and it was really cool to see the place that was the religious center of the classical world."
Ancient Greece is the cornerstone of UD's Core curriculum, and the opportunity to visit these sites represents the culmination of every student's encounter with Ancient Greece.
PHOTO: Fall 2012 Romers at the Parthenon.