Aurora University

Experience Greece with Mark Walter and Simone Quinn

PHL 3880 (4 cr) - Greece: Myth and History

Are you fascinated by Greece? Are you intrigued by the dark mysteries of Greek myths, the heady drama of four thousand years of history? No matter whatever draws you to this wonderful country, we invite you to join us for an unforgettable experience traveling through and learning about some of the most interesting places in the richly diverse Peloponnese region of southern Greece. Our trip will encompass both space and time, transporting you to the archaic civilization of ancient Mycenae, through the classical splendor of Athens, and on to the complex sophistication of Byzantine Mystras. We will walk in the footsteps of Greek freedom fighters in the mountain paths of Arcadia, wander through the sun-baked stone villages of the Mani, and relive the first days of Greek independence in the towering fortress and picturesque alleyways of Nafplion. Along the way, we will learn about how Greek myth and history intersect, inform, and sometime confuse themselves with each other, discovering facets of Greek culture that are invisible to the superficial tourist, and uncovering a Greece that will live on in you for many years to come.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in another country and culture with the support and expertise of a faculty team with many years of experience in Greece, as well as to enjoy the camaraderie and fun of experiencing this with fellow student travelers. Flights, ground transportation within Greece, most breakfasts, lodging, and all entrance fees are included in the price of the trip, which is $3,000. This does not include the cost of AU tuition. Course meeting dates on AU’s campus are May 6-9, 2019, and in Greece from May 11-24, 2019.

This course has been approved for General Education distribution credit for “Cultures and Civilizations” (students must file a petition) and counts as an elective in the Philosophy major. Please contact Dr. Mark Walter for additional information about the travel course, including a full list of site and museum experiences, at mwalter@aurora.edu or (630) 844-4239.