Jan term: Myths, Monks, and Monuments
McDaniel in Greece offers an intensive introduction to the history and culture of ancient Greece, including the Pre-Historic, Classical, and Byzantine Periods, primarily through its material remains. Students will study and visit a broad range of significant monuments, museums, and archaeological sites, with special emphasis on the insight they offer into Greek culture. Particular attention will be given to Greek religious belief and practices and how they are related to the material remains. In addition to extensive time and study in Athens, students will travel to Corinth, Crete, Delphi, Eleusis, Meteora, Mycenae, Olympia, Santorini, and Sounion. Study of sites, monuments and museums will be supplemented by a selection of primary and secondary source readings.
The only prerequisite is an interest in Greece and a willingness to learn about its history and culture. The program is open to all students from McDaniel College and other colleges and universities. Adults, alumni, friends of the college and members of the community are also welcome.
(January 1-18, 2020)
In addition to extensive time and study in Athens, students will travel to Aegina, Corinth, Crete, Delphi, Eleusis, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nauplion, Olympia, and Sounion. Group flights fly in and out of Dulles International Airport (Washington, D.C.)
Location and Itinerary
Jan. 1 (Wed) Departure from Dulles International Airport, overnight flight to Athens
Jan. 2 (Thu) Arrive in Athens, Walking tour, Welcome Dinner*
Jan. 3 (Fri) Orientation, Greek class, overnight ferry to Crete
Jan. 4 (Sat) Arrive in Iraklion, Archaeological Museum, Knossos, Phaistos,
Voroi (lunch), Matala (hotel: Iraklion)
Jan. 5 (Sun) Spinalonga, Plaka (lunch), Malia, transfer to Hania (hotel: Hania)
Jan. 6 (Mon) Hania: Walking tour of Hania and Epiphany Ritual, Agia Triada Monastery, Chryssopigi Monastery (hotel: Hania)
Jan. 7 (Tues) Hania Archaeological museum, Therissos (lunch), Venetian ‘metohi,’ Souda Bay, overnight ferry to Athens
Jan. 8 (Wed) Lysikrates Monument, Temple of Zeus, Monasteraki, Kerameikos, Greek Parliament*
Jan. 9 (Thu) Akropolis, Theater of Dionysus, Akropolis Museum*
Jan. 10 (Fri) Pnyx, Areopagus, Agora, Roman Forum, Greek class*
Jan. 11 (Sat) Day trip to Aegina Island*
Jan. 12 (Sun) National Archaeological Museum*
Jan. 13 (Mon) Day trip to Brauron, Laurion, Cape Sounion*
Jan. 14 (Tues) Trip to Eleusis, Corinth, Nauplion (hotel: Nauplion)
Jan. 15 (Wed) Mycenae, Epidaurus, bus trip to Olympia (hotel: Olympia)
Jan. 16 (Thu) Olympia site and museum, bus to Achaia Klaus winery and Delphi (hotel:
Jan. 17 (Fri) Delphi site and museum, Monastery of Hosios Loukas, bus to
Athens, Farewell Dinner*
Jan. 18 (Sat) Departure for the U.S., return to Dulles International Airport
* hotel in Athens
Housing and Meals
Housing in Athens will be in centrally located hotels, in double rooms with private bath, with breakfast daily. Housing on field trips will be in hotels convenient to the archaeological sites and museums being visited. If two students wish to be roommates during the tour, they may do so. Hotels will not be ‘posh,’ but they will be clean, friendly, and warm. Breakfast is always provided in hotels, and the Athens Centre will provide a Welcome Dinner and a Farewell Dinner. Students are free to arrange their own lunches and dinners. Greece has an incredible number of restaurants, eateries, cafés, food shops, souvlaki (shish-kabob) and gyro stands of all kinds. Vegetarians will find many non-meat options available. Students grab some meals on the go or have a nice relaxing sit-down dinner. The group leaders (Tom and Rose Falkner) will arrange some opportunities for us to eat together as a group. Expenses vary from one person to another, but a good rule of thumb is to allow about $25 per day for lunch and dinner.
‘Greece: Myths, Monks, Monuments’ provides an intensive introduction to Greece—from ancient Greece to the Byzantine period to modern Greece. During the program you will develop a basic understanding of:
You will also take some basic instruction in the modern Greek language.
The focus of the program is on-site study. Each day we will visit different archaeological sites, monuments, museums and other locations for on-site lecture and discussion. We are affiliated with the Athens Centre, and when we are in Athens, we have the benefit of its library, instructional and social space, and technology (computer lab, printer, copier, Wi-Fi).
- the history of Greece, its major periods and events
- the geography and topography of Greece
- the major monuments, archaeological sites, and material remains of Greece
- Greek myths, religious beliefs and practices
- modern modern Greek society, politics and culture
Estimated comprehensive fee is $3,690, including all airfare and air taxes, local transportation (including overnight ferry), hotels and breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, entrance fees for museums and archaeological sites, instruction, and insurance coverage. Students cover the cost of lunches and dinners, as well as any local travel, entertainment and souvenirs. Students will also have to pay for a passport, if they do not already have one. Other expenses vary a great deal from one person to another, but a good rule of thumb is to allow about $25 per day for lunch and dinner.
Students will be required to submit a $100 non-refundable deposit after being accepted to confirm their place on the program.
The focus of the program is on-site study and travel throughout Greece. Each day we visit different archaeological sites, monuments, museums and other locations for on-site lecture and discussion. We are affiliated with the Athens Centre, and when we are in Athens, we have the benefit of its library, instructional and social space, and technology (computer lab, printer, copier, Wi-Fi). During the program students will be encouraged to have an enriching cultural experience; to become familiar with Greek culture, food and customs; and to interact with the Greek people. To that end, students will receive basic instruction in the Greek language at the Athens Centre, which will also provide an orientation program.
How to Apply and Register
For McDaniel students: Click "Apply Now" above and follow the prompts to log in with your McDaniel username and password.
For non-McDaniel students: Click "Apply Now" and follow the prompts for "I do not have a username and password" to create an account.
Approved and accepted students will be registered for the class by the Registrar's Office after the application deadline.
Priority application deadline:
Final application deadline:
Final withdrawal deadline to a refund (excluding the $100 non-refundable deposit):
October 1, 2019
Note: The faculty leader will provide final approval for all students to participate.
For more information, contact the Jan term leader:
Professor Thomas Falkner