Program Options

Ancient Greece and Rome: The Foundations of Western Civilization

Part I: Rhodes College. July 8 to July 27.

Two major concentrations of the Classical option, Ancient History and Greek thought, are introduced in this section to establish the foundation for subsequent studies.

Classical Studies: From Pericles to Caesar. This course traces the history of the Mediterranean world from 5th-century B.C. Athens to the rise of the Roman Empire.

James Robert Peters, B.A., Northern Illinois University; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University. Associate Professor of Philosophy, The University of the South.
David H. Sick, B.A., College of Wooster; M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota. Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Studies, Rhodes College.

Part II: York. August 5 to August 12.

The emphasis of study is on the contribution of archaeology to our knowledge of the Ancient World. Students attend lectures and visit archaeological sites. They undertake a detailed study of Hadrian's Wall and concentrate on the Roman city of York.

Patrick Ottaway, B.A., Oxford University; M.A., University of Leeds; Ph.D., University of York. Former Head of Archaeological Fieldwork, York Archaeological Trust; founder of PJO Archaeology.

Part III: Lincoln College, Oxford University. August 12 to September 22.

This central portion of the program uses classroom study to build on the material taught in Parts I and II. Students take three courses; each is six weeks in length, and divided into two parts.

History

  • Part I: Warfare and Society in Ancient Greece.Samuel Robert Potts, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Cardiff University. Former Associate Tutor Ancient History, Cardiff University.
  • Part II: Warfare and Society in Ancient Rome. Samuel Robert Potts, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Cardiff University. Former Associate Tutor Ancient History, Cardiff University.

Philosophy: Plato, Aristotle and the Legacy of Ancient Philosophy.

  • Part I: Nakul Krishna, B.A., St. Joseph College, Bangalore; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Oxford University. Lecturer, Trinity College, Oxford University.
  • Part II: Anna Marmodoro, M.A., University of Pisa; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh. Fellow in Philosophy, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.

Literature

  • Part I: Greek Lyric Poetry, Tragedy and Comedy. Emma Griffiths, B.A., Oxford University; Ph.D., University of Bristol, Lecturer in Greek, University of Manchester.
  • Part II: Roman Drama and Love Poetry. Stephen Kershaw, B.A., Ph.D., University of Bristol. Freelance classicist and tutor for Oxford University for Continuing Education.

The program includes, in addition, evening talks by distinguished British speakers and visits to sites of particular interest and relevance to course study.

Part IV: Greece, The Eastern Aegean, and Italy: The Monuments and Centers of Classical Civilization, September 22 to October 25.

A five-week study tour. In Greece: Crete, the Cycladic island of Thera/Santorini, the great monuments of the city of Athens, sites of the Peloponnese (Mycenae, Tiryns, Epidaurus, Delphi, Mistras and Sparta and Olympia); and three islands (Mykonos, Delos and Aegina), and Thessaloniki. In Italy: Sicily (Taormina, Syracuse and Piazza Armerina), Reggio Calabria, Rome and the sites of the Bay of Naples, Naples, Capri, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Oplontis. The program concludes in London.

Art History: Ancient and Byzantine Art and Architecture: The Legacy of Greek Principles and Techniques.Stephen Kershaw, B.A., Ph.D., University of Bristol. Freelance classicist and tutor for Oxford University for Continuing Education.

CREDIT. For satisfactory completion of the sixeen-week semester and all academic requirements, Rhodes College and The University of the South offer eighteen hours of credit: four in Literature, four in Classical Studies, four in History, four in Art History and two in Philosophy.