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This course involves a two week educational experience in Greece. During this experience, students will learn about the history and philosophy of the Olympic Games, both ancient and modern. The course includes visits to major historical landmarks in Athens as well as to the venues of the 1896 and 2004 Olympic Games, the Hellenic Olympic Committee, and the International Olympic Academy. The course also includes visits to the sites of the four ancient Panhellenic Games (Corinth, Delphi, Nemea, and Olympia). In Delphi, Nemea, and Olympia students will run in the same stadia than ancient athletes did!The course begins with an overnight flight to Athens. During the stay in Greece’s capital, students will take guided tours of the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, and the National Archeological Museum. They will also visit the Panathenaic Stadium and the Zappeion Megaro Hall, venues of the 1896 Olympic Games. In addition, students will be welcomed at the Hellenic Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Academy. Students will also tour the venues of the 2004 Olympic Games. Finally, while in Athens, students will spend an afternoon exploring Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon.After the initial five nights in Athens, students will spend two nights in a lovely island (Aegina or Hydra) before heading to the Peloponnesus on a private bus. On the way to Epidauros, students will visit the Canal and the Archeological Museum in Corinth. In Epidauros, students will explore its Archeological Museum and The Sanctuary of Asclepios. While en route to Olympia, students will make stops in Mycene as well as the Ancient Museum and Stadium in Nemea. In Olympia, students will spend two nights at the International Olympic Academy. There, they will take guided tours of the Archeological Museum and the Archeological Site as well as visit the local Museum of the Olympic Games.The content of this course is made up of the trip itself along with discussions of assigned readings, documentaries, and lectures. These discussions are aimed at helping students understand and appreciate more fully the ancient and modern Olympic Games as well as their entire experience in Greece.
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