Greece and Italy: An Artistic and Literary Odyssey

Fall 2022
Winter 2023
Spring 2023
Olympia
Day
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
Variable credit options, see below
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Classical Greece and Rome and Renaissance Italy made some of the Western world's most extraordinary contributions to the written word and the visual arts. These accomplishments continue to captivate artists and thinkers, giving them models and standards to admire, emulate, struggle against, or reject—but rarely to ignore. We will study the texts and monuments of ancient Greece, from the Bronze Age to the Roman period, and Italy, especially Rome and Florence, from the Etruscan period through the 16th century. We will read authors including Homer, Sappho, Virgil, Dante, and Petrarch; artists we study will include Phidias, Praxiteles, Giotto, and Michelangelo. Throughout the program, we will also learn about modern rediscoveries and reinterpretations of these periods. 

In fall, we will investigate the rise of the Greek polis, or city-state, from the ashes of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations, as well as that of the Etruscans in what is now Tuscany. In addition to reading primary source materials, we will study the surviving architecture, sculpture, painting, and pottery. Students will have the option of studying ancient Greek or learning digital photography. In winter, our focus will be on the Roman appropriation of Greek art and thought and the later Florentine rediscovery and interpretation of the Classical past. We'll study how the Italians drew on the ideas of classical literature and learning as the basis for revolutions both in artistic practices and the conception of humanity. Greek students will continue learning the language, while the photography students will move on to film. In spring, we will meet on campus for two weeks for additional study and preparation for our studies in Greece and Italy. Once in Europe, we will visit archaeological sites, museums, and other cultural institutions in Athens, Crete, the Peloponnese, Delphi, Rome, and Florence. Between visits, we will hold seminars to discuss what we have seen and read, and students will work on individual projects that will apply what they have learned, including ancient Greek and photography. 

Throughout the program, students will interpret the texts and monuments in essays, and their mastery of the historical contexts and artistic styles will be strengthened and assessed in written exams. In winter, original research projects will help us reach a new level of understanding of an aspect of our study of special interest to each of us. This research will allow every student who continues into spring to be an expert on a site or monument when we see them in Greece or Italy. Participants in the language and photography electives will share their work. 

Registration

Fall 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 10049
So - Sr (1 - 16): 10052
Fr (14): 10388
Winter 2023 Registration

Continuing students are studying ancient Greek language or photography for four credits per quarter. Students entering in the winter must be able to demonstrate one quarter of successful study in one of those topics, or enroll in the twelve credit option. Contact Andrew Reece for the CRN and signature override. 

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 20093
Fr (14): 20096
Spring 2023 Registration

Academic details

Paths
Intermediate
Intermediate
Preparatory For

The arts, humanities, education.

Credits
16
Variable Credit Options

Students may enroll for discrete components of the program for four to twelve credits. Contact faculty for options.

Maximum Enrollment
50
Class Standing
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Fees

$100 per quarter for required media fees. 

Special Expenses

$80 in winter quarter for 10 rolls of film. 

Schedule

In Person or Remote
In Person (F)
In Person (W)
In Person (S)
Time Offered
Day
Schedule Evergreen link
see Schedule Evergreen for detailed schedule

First Meeting

SEM 2 E2105 - Workshop
Location
Olympia
Study Abroad

Greece and Italy, 8 weeks, Spring, approximately $7000.00 for airfare, meals and lodging, local transportation, and museum and site visits.

Special Expenses: $2000 Estimated expenses students will cover themselves for airfare to Europe and most meals

Required Student Fee: $4600 This fee does not include airfare or most food in Italy (students will have kitchens), but does include travel within and between the two countries, lodging, breakfast in Greece, and entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites

Administrative Fee: $400 (Nonrefundable deposit to cover administrative costs of running study abroad)

May be offered again in
<p>Fall-Spring 2025-26</p>

Revisions

Date Revision
2022-08-23 Now open to FYs
2022-04-27 $100 required fee added