Discover a Greek Polis: Ancient Athens On Site

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At the National Archaeological Museum in Athens
In front of the Greek ParliamentAt Cape Sounion
At Delphiat the Agora

Location: Athens, Greece

Season Dates: June 23, 2014 - July 19, 2014
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014


Program Type
Field school


Project Director: Robert F. Sutton, Emeritus Professor of Classical Studies UPUI; Research Associate, Bryn Mawr Coll

Project Description

Students study the fundamental political, social, and cultural institutions of the ancient Greek polis of Athens through first-hand examination of its material remains in the context of the modern city. The following major monuments of architecture and topography are experienced on site in central Athens:

  • Acropolis
  • Ancient Agora
  • Roman Agora
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • the ancient walls of Athens
  • the south slope of the Acropolis and the theater of Dionysos
  • Kerameikos

Excursions to Delphi, Piraeus, Eleusis, and major sites in the Attic countryside, including Marathon, Brauron, and Sounion, offer an enhanced perspective of the forces affecting the development and history of the ancient Greek polis.

Visits to the National Archaeological Museum and the museums of the Acropolis, Agora, and the Kerameikos introduce masterworks of ancient art and other artifacts to supplement knowledge gained on site. Students also gain an appreciation of how the past and present interact within the setting of the modern city.

Period(s) of Occupation: From the Bronze Age through the Classical era and beyond

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Room and Board Arrangements

Students are housed within walking distance of the CYA Academic Center in either CYA student apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens or in hotel accommodations arranged by CYA. CYA apartments are simply furnished and equipped with a full kitchen and air-conditioned bedrooms. Towels, linens and housekeeping service will be provided. Hotel accommodations will be simple ‘B’ or ‘C’ class, double-occupancy, air-conditioned rooms with breakfast included.

A full mid-day meal will be served weekdays in the CYA cafeteria between the hours of 12:30-2:00 p.m. A portable packaged lunch will be provided on those weekdays when the group is away from Athens on a day-trip.

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: 4
Tuition: $2,990 including accommodations

Contact Information
College Year in Athens
PO Box 390890
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617 868 8200
Fax: 617 868 8207

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