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Program Description:
Although the boundary between sacred and secular space was less rigid in ancient Greece, sanctuaries were areas set aside specifically for encountering the divine. This travel seminar will explore a number of questions associated with Greek sanctuaries from their inception in the 8th century BCE through the Hellenistic period. Such questions include what physically constituted a Greek sanctuary, what sorts of rituals and religious practices [Acropolis]  occurred in the sanctuary, and what the social functions of these sites were. We will explore Greek religion in the context of specific sanctuaries: first, Athens, for the relationship between civic and religious life; two of the four Panhellenic sites, one of which also served as an oracular shrine (Delphi) and the other as a venue for athletic competition (Olympia); the healing cult of Asklepios at Epidauros; and the sanctuary of Apollo and Artemis on the sacred island of Delos. We will discuss in detail the archaeological and art historical composition of the sites and their historical contexts, as well as examine the particular types of religious rituals associated with each sanctuary. In doing so we will gain a better understanding of the functions of the sanctuary and the central role it played in Greek society.

By "body and soul", we mean the way that the Greeks imagined and imaged the body, how they cared for themselves in sickness and health, and what they believed happened after death. Therefore, the on-campus course and travel seminar both expand and deepen students' understanding of the place of the human body in ancient Greece in a broader context. The best way to study the monument and its sculpture is to do so in situ.  By visiting the temples, sanctuaries, athletic venues, oracular shrines, and cemeteries will help students understand the place, and limits, of existence in the ancient Greek mind. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Travel Sem- May 2021 10/15/2020 10/15/2020 TBA TBA