Professor: Drs. Hunt and Furman
This course provides a remarkable grounding in the humanities by taking us back to the beginnings of Western civilization in ancient Greece and Rome. The time period covered is roughly the ninth century B.C.E. to the fourth century of the common era: the so-called “classical” period. It is classical because so much of what is best about us derives from this period, and because we return to it over and over again as a touchstone for our own efforts (out of the flux and multiplicity of life) to create something that is beautiful, good, and true. As we explore classical Greco-Roman civilization, we will engage with a history at least as bloody, uncertain, and cynical as that of our own time. But we will also find some of the world’s most remarkable writers–among them Homer, Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, and Augustine–seeking wisdom and solace in the composition of works that still possess their edge and relevance.
Our engagement with written culture during the fall semester will prepare us for our January trip (INTD 290 B) and an on-site encounter with the material culture of classical Greece and Rome: the statues and frescoes, temples and sanctuaries, law courts and marketplaces, theatres and stadiums, houses and cemeteries, that contributed as much as any literary or philosophical text to shaping ancient men and women. As we visit the Athenian agora where Socrates walked and talked, the Theatre of Dionysus where the plays of Sophocles and Aristophanes were first performed, the cave at Cumae where Aeneas consulted the Sybil, the Roman Forum where Cicero honed his oratorical skills, and the site of the Nemean Games celebrated in Pindar’s odes, we will be able to appreciate in a concrete and vivid way the ancient quest for wholeness in the life of the individual and of society.
The Faculty-Led Program and Airfare Fees include the following for the dates of the program:
- lodging in Rome and Greece (double occupancy)
- Round trip airfare from Rome to Athens
- Transport in country
- Some meals
- HTH health and natural/political disaster evacuation insurance or program vendor insurance if it is more comprehensive.
- Visits, museums
The Faculty-Led Tuition Fee includes:
– 3 Semester Credits.
– Whittier Students are eligible for a tuition waiver. You can click the following link to review the Tuition Waiver Policy.
– This fee does not apply to participants, who do not wish to receive academic credit.
Costs Not Included:
– Meals not indicated on the itinerary
– Airfare and transport other than indicated above
– Expenses of a personal nature
– Optional international cell phone/SIM card rental and usage charges
– Passport expenses
– Single supplement fee, if a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel/hostel accommodations and if available.
Not included: incidentals, round-trip airfare from the U.S. to Europe.