Spring 2013 Greece Trip

The Spring 2013 Romers awoke bright and early on Friday the 1st to board the buses for the start of the Greece Trip. Along with their professors and chaplain – Dr. Hatlie (History), Dr. Osborn (Literature), Sr. Catherine (Theology) and Fr. Thomas – the students spent ten days exploring Greece, immersing themselves in its rich history and beautiful temples, pondering its great philosophies, and performing scenes from the great Greek tragedies. The Greece trip is a wonderful opportunity through which UD students can expand their understanding of the classical cultures they study in so many of their Core Curriculum courses.

Spring 2013 Itinerary

Mar. 1st – While making their way to the Italian port of Bari the students stopped at the Basilica of St. Nicholas where St. Nicholas' relics are housed, then set sail for Greece on board the Blue Star Ferry.
Mar. 2nd – We arrived in Greece at the port of Patras and quickly made our way to Olympia where we ate lunch and enjoyed some free time before Saturday night Vigil Mass. Following dinner the students were treated to a night of traditional Greek dancing.
Mar. 3rd – The day began with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, followed by a visit to Olympia's Archaeological site, where the great Olympic Games were held. The students saw the ruins of the temple that housed the chryselephantine statue of Zeus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), and ran a foot race in the original Olympic stadium. After lunch the group departed for the seaside town of Nafplion, where a group of students braved the chilly, Mediterranean waters for an afternoon swim.
Mar. 4th – Students visited the healing site of Epidaurus and experienced the incredible acoustics of one of the best best-preserved Greek theaters in the world. Following lunch they toured the archaeological site of Mycenae, home of Agamemnon and the "Lions' Gate." With a stop along the way at the Corinthian Canal, the group traveled on to Athens.
Mar. 5th – A full day of visits in Athens! The morning began at the Pynx with a reading of Pericles' Funeral Oration by the students, followed by the Areopagus, situated just below the Acropolis. Fr. Thomas lectured on St. Paul in the very spot that the Apostle spoke to the Athenian people. Afterwards the students toured the Agora and heard about Socrates outside what is left of the prison in which he was supposedly held. In the afternoon students hiked up Mt. Lykabbetos and explored the bustling Plaka.
Mar. 6th – Waking early the group made its way up to the Acropolis and the Theater of Dionysus with talks on Athenian theater and political life. After lunch students visited the Athens Archaeological Museum and traveled to Delphi.
Mar. 7th – Although waking to a wet morning, the group trekked to the site of the famous Delphic Oracle, saw the Siphnian Treasury and the Temple of Apollo, and learned of the connection between the Pagan and Christian idea of the aphorism "Know thyself." Afterwards they toured the Delphi Archaeological Museum which houses the famous bronze charioteer statute. In the afternoon students visited the Monastery of Hosios Loukas or explored Delphi further.
Mar. 8th – From Delphi on to Thessalonica, another beautiful town on the water. Students heard from Fr. Thomas on Paul's Letters to the Thessalonians, and visited the Basilica of St. Demetrius with Sr. Catherine.
Mar. 9th – Traveling to Vergina, students visited the Royal Tombs of Phillip II and learned about the Macedonians and Alexander the Great. Lunch was on the road in order to make it to the Eastern Orthodox monasteries of Meteora, balanced atop immense sandstone pillars. They visited the Convent of St. Stephen with Sr. Catherine and learned of Monastic life from Fr. Thomas. Late that night students boarded the Superfast Ferry at Igoumenitsa for the trip home.
Mar. 10th – The morning was spent catching up on reading and relaxing on the ferry before arriving in Bari and making the long trip back to campus.

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