Ancient Greece Study Tour
- This tour has already taken place and is now here as an archive
- James McDonaugh
This tour is an introduction to the riches of classical Greece, its architecture, sculpture, history and literature. We will also explore how wider themes of western European art and culture trace their origins to Greece. To help us understand the flowering of the arts in the 5th century BC, we examine the pre-classical civilisations, including Homer's Mycenaean heroes and the Cycladic cultures of the Greek islands. We visit some of the greatest sites of antiquity, including Athens' Acropolis, Sounion, Delphi, Olympia, Epidavros, and Mycenae. In Athens we visit two of the greatest archaeological museums in the world, and there are extraordinary smaller collections at Delphi and Olympia. We read Herodotus as we drive through some of Europe's most dramatic and beautiful landscape, including Arkadia, the northern Pelopponese and southern central Greece. We will spend three nights in Athens where we experience one of Europe's most vibrant capital cities, and one night each at the tranquil small towns of Olympia and Delphi.
James McDonaugh is an art history lecturer focusing on Italy, Turkey and Greece. He has led tours for academic bodies in the UK and America including the Art Fund, The Courtauld Institute and Historic New England. Combining a deep knowledge of art, literature, history and theology, his aim is 'to bring to life some of the most beautiful objects and places of interest in Europe'. James has an MA in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford, a diploma in Art History and an MA in Architectural History from the Courtauld Institute. He runs his own business, Art Tours, for private clients. James led the hugely successful tour of Istanbul for The Course in October 2009.
Central Athens Hotel view website »
Centrally located in the heart of the Old City of Plaka overlooking the Acropolis. Each room has a private bathroom, safety deposit box, TV, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, internet access, fridge.
Olympion Asty Hotel view website »
Ideally situated just minutes from all the archaeological sites, the hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Each room has a private bathroom, safety deposit box, TV, telephone, fridge.
Amalia Hotel Delphi view website »
Located at the foot of the mountain, it has breathtaking views to the sea overlooking the village of Galaxidi. Facilities include private bathroom, safety deposit box, TV, telephone and fridge.
Book your place
This course has already taken place and is here as an archive. If you are interested in taking part in a future study tour, please get in touch:
- Mary Bromley
- 020 7266 7815
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