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Greece and Turkey

Maymester 2015 (Dates TBA)

Info Sessions: Thursday, September 18, at 12:20pm in AIMM 125 and Monday, September 22, at 5:00 pm in AIMM 125

CLS 351/HON 351 – An Odyssey in Greece and Turkey: An Exploration of Ancient Greek Culture and Places (1 unit, Liberal Learning Elective in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts; Global)

Program Directors: Dr. Lee Ann Riccardi, Art/Classical Studies and Dr. Glenn Steinberg, English/Classical Studies

No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

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This multiweek experience includes visits to the major classical sites of Athens, Olympia, and Delphi, as well as to important sites elsewhere in the ancient Greek world, such as Knossos and other Bronze Age sites in Crete or ancient and Byzantine sites in Istanbul and western Turkey. The course examines various artistic media and intellectual traditions, especially literature, philosophy, architecture, and decorative sculptural programs, in their concrete physical context, with attention to their religious and cultural functions as well as their social, political, historical, and/or artistic value.  The study of the ancient sites, focusing on the religious, political, and topographical aspects that shaped the foundation, growth and development of these important ancient places, will take place mostly on site and in the museums.  Particular emphasis is placed on the religious meaning and function of the sites in regard to rituals, festivals, and games.  At the same time, students read literary texts, especially the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and examine the ways in which these literary works themselves developed out of religious ceremony and explored religious beliefs and images in order to contribute to or challenge social and cultural cohesion.

Greece Excursions May Include:

Athens: Acropolis Site, Ancient Athenian Agora, National Archaeological Museum, Acropolis Museum
Corinth: Acrocorinth, Corinth archaeological site and museum
Epidauros; Nafplion; Mycenae; Tiryns
Olympia museum and Olympia site
Hosios Loukas
Delphi: site, Parnassus hike, Delphi archaeological museum

Turkey Excursions May Include:

Istanbul: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Byzantine Hippodrome,  Archaeological Museum, Topkapi Palace, Turkish and Islamic Museum, Basilica Cistern
Seljuk: Seljuk Museum, Archaeology Museum, Ancient City of Ephesus

2014 Program Cost (2015 Prices to be determined shortly): 

  • Application Fee = $150
  • Tuition/Fees = $1,631.97 (in-state and out-of-state students)
  • Land Package – estimated at $2,675 (subject to change), not including transatlantic flights from New Jersey to Greece/from Turkey
  • Airfare – students will pay approximately $1,160 in airfare (Newark to Athens, Athens to Istanbul, Istanbul to Newark – students will pay $928.60 to TCNJ and the balance to Vista Travel directly)

Total payable to TCNJ: $5,385.57

Payment Schedule (Cash or Check Payable to TCNJ): Payment due at the same time as all Winter Session classes.
Questions?  Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.