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CLST 183

Off-Campus Extended Studies Course

Winter or May Term off-campus study project on a theme related to classical studies.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
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Winter Term information

David Guinee

183A: The Classical Tradition in Italy (off-campus)

During the course students will explore some of the most celebrated and significant monuments of ancient Roman culture and its tradition in Italy. We will begin our explorations with approximately a week in Rome, studying and exploring the Roman Fora, the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica, and early Christian Churches. We will then move northward into Tuscany (to study Florence, Siena, and surrounding towns) and eventually up to Venice. The course will focus on the art, history, and politics of Italy and how they are shaped and defined by the country's relationship with Ancient Rome. Students will spend most days on guided site visits with the faculty and will be responsible for readings, directed journal entries, and site presentations.

For more information on program costs and how to apply for the program, paste this URL into your web browser:

https://depauw-horizons.symplicity.com/index.php?s=programs

Enter "Winter" into the Term search box.


May Term information

Michael Seaman

183A: History, Art History and Cultural Fusion in Northeastern Italy (off-campus)

This project will explore Italy through an interdisciplinary approach and will focus on the history, art,and architecture of an area that has undergone significant cultural transformation over two millennia. A border area is frequently the place where a country undergoes the greatest transformation. Northeastern Italy, at the crossroads of three distinct cultures (Italian, Germanic and Slavic) is an area that has seen countless invasions since the Roman period and is therefore a unique territory that bears witness to continuous cultural transformation. History has left it uniquely rich not only in art and architecture but also in a fusion of cultures. There are in this small area of NE Italy and environs eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, noted for their outstanding value to humanity (we will visit seven), with two other cities currently on the wait list and slated for approval soon (we will visit these two cities as well). This interdisciplinary course is composed of several parts, taught together by both instructors: History and History of Art of Northeastern Italy and cultural assimilation in ancient and modern Europe. More detailed information (e.g. cities to be visited, language covered, art to be studied, syllabus, and daily course schedule) is available upon request. Daily buffet breakfast and 16 carefully planned group meals as well as five Italian food-tastings are also included.

For more information on program costs and how to apply for the program, paste this URL into your web browser:

https://depauw-horizons.symplicity.com/index.php?s=programs

Enter "May" into the Term search box.


Winter Term information

Rebecca Schindler

183A: Greece: Heritage in Context and Conflict (off-campus)

Who owns the past? Who gets to decide what is preserved and how it is presented? An object of fascination for early European travellers, Greece is looked upon as the birthplace of western civilization and historically archaeological work there has focused on the 'Classical' period. Modern Greek identity has been constructed around its connection to the classical past, ignoring or pushing to the side other facets of Greek history, such as its Christian tradition in the Byzantine Church, and its Muslim past as a subject of the Ottoman empire . This course explores the ethics of cultural heritage in Greece through the first hand study of archaeological sites, museums, and churches. We will explore the construction of the Classical past in Athens, looking in particular at the controversies surrounding the Parthenon marbles and the New Acropolis Museum. Then, we will turn our attention to Thessaloniki, one of the most important cities of the Byzantine and Ottoman worlds. There we will focus on Greece's post-classical history as well as the 'Macedonian question,' that is, who owns the legacy of Alexander the Great. Controversies in cultural heritage bring the past into the present in multiple vivid ways that this course will explore. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of the course: research, writing, and presentation work, as well as the efforts of being members of an itinerant intellectual community. There will be significant walking and some hiking. Our itinerary also includes opportunities for cultural experiences, such as meals at traditional Greek tavernas.


May Term information

Michael Seaman

183A: History and Monuments of Ancient Greece (off-campus)

This project will explore Greece and Turkey through an interdisciplinary approach and will focus on the history, art, architecture, philosophy, literature, and culture of the area that served as the cradle of Western Civilization. The travel-study course will take us to the sites, monuments, and museums of Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Nauplion, Marathon, Cape Sounion, and other destinations. Students explore ancient Greece through a combination of classical archaeological site visits, lectures, and the texts of Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, and Plato. The program features a 10-day land tour of the mainland followed by a five-day cruise through the Greek Islands with stops at the historic sites of Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini and Ephesus, Turkey. In all, we will visit 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, celebrated for their outstanding value to humanity. Students will have the opportunity to travel independently in Europe at the conclusion of the program.