Spring 2014 Greece Trip: March 1 - 11, 2014

SATURDAY March 1: Monte Sant'Angelo – The group spent one afternoon in Monte San't Angelo, the site of an apparition of the Archangel St. Michael.

SUNDAY March 2: Bari and Set Sail for Greece

Spring 2014 DelphiMONDAY March 3: Up the Mountains to Delphi- After our early morning arrival in Greece, the group visited the Church of St. Andrew in Patras. Fr. John lectured on the life of this important saint, and then it was off to Delphi. In the afternoon we visited the upper portion of the archaeological site in Delphi where students gave performances from Aeschylus' Eumenides, and learned about archaic Greek temples.

TUESDAY March 4: The Delphi Archaeological Site and Museum- The morning was spent at the upper portion of the archeological site in Delphi. Professors talked about the functioning of the Oracle and the Temple of Apollo, Greek sacrifices and religion, ancient philosophy and the critique of Greek religion, and Dante's Paradiso. After being on site in the morning, the group then visited the Archaeological Museum of Delphi and had the opportunity to see the famous bronze charioteer statue. In the afternoon students had free time to explore the town of Delphi or hike Mount Parnassus.

WEDNESDAY March 5: The Monastery of Hosios Loukas and onward to Athens- After leaving the beautiful town of Delphi, the group continued onward towards Athens. We stopped in the afternoon at the Greek monastery, Hosios Loukas where there were lectures on the history of the monastery and some thoughts on Greek Orthodox Church versus the Roman Catholic Church. After touring the church and the crypt, the students had time to look at the impressive Greek icons sold at the monastery. In the afternoon, after arriving in Athens, The group visited the Pnyx, Soctates' Prison, and the Areopagus. At the Pynx, students read from Pericles' Funeral Oration, which was followed by a stop at the Areopagus, situated just below the Acropolis. Fr. John lectured on St. Paul in the same place that the Apostle spoke to the Athenian people.

THURSDAY March 6: Full day in Athens: the Agora, Acropolis, and Theater of Dionysus- The group spent the morning visiting the Agora and its museum, the Acropolis, and the Theater of Dionysus where lectures were given on Athenian theater and political life. The students had the afternoon off to explore the city of Athens and the impressive Plaka, hike up Mt. Lykabbetos for beautiful views of the whole city of Athens, or visit the stunning Acropolis Museum.

FRIDAY March 7: Travel to Nafplion via Corinth- Before departing from Athens, the group spent the morning visiting the National Archaeological Museum. Then it was off to Corinth, where Fr. John talked about St. Paul, and Dr. Freni talked about the Doric temple to Apollo. After lunch on the Corinthian Canal, we traveled to the seaside town of Nafplion. Students had some free time to visit the town, and some even went swimming in the beautiful but chilly water!

SP14 CorinthSATURDAY March 8: Epidaurus and Mycenae- We spent the morning in Epidaurus where students visited the healing center and experienced the incredible acoustics of one of the best best-preserved Greek theaters in the world. Following lunch the group toured the archaeological site of Mycenae, home of Agamemnon and the famous Lions' Gate and Tholos Tombs.

SUNDAY March 9: Travel to Olympia- On our way out of Nafplion, the group stopped at the impressive Palamede Fortress where professors talked about the history of Nafplion and its importance as a seaport. Students presented scenes from Shakespeare's Othello, and then students were given free time to explore the fortress. Then it was off Olympia in the afternoon. In the evening the students were able to see a presentation on authentic Greek traditional dancing, and, after learning some of the steps, they were able to join in the dancing themselves!

MONDAY March 10: Archaeological Site of Olympia- Our last day in Greece was spent on the archaeological site in Olympia. Students learned about the history of the Olympic games and heard presentations from Pindar's Olympic Odes, and then visited the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, and finally the Ancient Stadium of Olympia. After an exciting race in the stadium, the group went to the Archeological Museum of Delphi to see pediments and metopes from the Temple of Zeus, and the famous statue of Hermes with the baby Dionysus. That evening we got back on the ferry to Italy, and spent the following day making our way back to campus.

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