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Spring Break Away 2017 - Greece

Course: CLSX 185: Cult and the Cosmos in Athens 

[Satisfies: Faith and Reason] 


This course explores the archaeological history of ancient Athenian religious life. It provides an introduction to the city, from the Iron Age to the Late Roman period. We will investigate the Athenian urban landscape and monuments, with special attention given to its varied shrines, sanctuaries, and rituals. Students will reflect on the connection between the religious life of the city and the ideas of its most famous rabble-rousing philosophers.

During the break, we will travel to Athens, the most eminent cities of the ancient Greek world. We'll get to know the modern city, with its wonderful food and cafes, bougainvillea-covered balconies, and marble streets. Athens is also home to some of the most spectacular museums in Europe, brimming with Classical sculpture, Bronze Age gold, and intriguing artifacts. We'll visit the unrivaled Parthenon and wander through sundrenched ancient ruins.

Day trips will take us to spectacular views of the Aegean from cliff-side temples, hikes through olive groves, and tavernas on the seashore.

Professor: Dr. Katherine Rask (raskk@duq.edu)

Prerequisites: The course is open to all, no prerequisites

Max enrollment: 20 students

More information: Dr. Rask, 409 College Hall

Class Time: M/W 3 - 4:15 p.m.

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