Join Syracuse University faculty members and local experts for a comprehensive look at the dawning of the Bronze Age Agaean to the flowering of the Greek city-state. Armed with readings and your own research topic, your studies will spend more than a week on site charting the artistic, cultural, and political origins of Western culture. Together with a small, intimate group of students you will explore and discuss the rise and collapse of Minoan Crete and Homeric Mycenae, the development of pan-hellenism in Aesclepian medicine, Olympian sports, and Delphic prophecy, and the birth of democracy in Athens.
The Greek Odyssey is offered as a pre-semester seminar in the fall (August-September), and a post-semester seminar in the spring (April-May).
Fall program: begins 10 days before the Florence program start date and ends in Florence the day before the start of orientation.
Spring program: begins after the Florence semester program ends and returns to Florence upon completion.
HOA/HST/HUM 300.2: A Greek Odyssey: The Visual Construction of Self & Society in the Minoan Aegean and Ancient Greece (3 credits)
The course will have a seminar format, with lectures framing issues at the beginning of each session, followed by discussion of readings and student presentations. You will be assigned prepatory readings prior to the start of the seminar, and oral presentations will be assigned. You will present a three-page written version of your seminar presentation, incorporating peer and professional feedback, at the end of the seminar. You will also compile travel logs, from which you will be asked to submit excerpts during and at the end of the class.
The seminar will be led by Syracuse University urban historian Alick McLean, with contributions from local experts.
The Greek Odyssey travels via plane, bus, and boat throughout Greece. It is designed to offer students a visual image of early Minoan and Mycenean sites. The itinerary may be adjusted slightly each semester due to travel considerations and logistical planning. A sample itinerary from Fall 2017 is available here.
Eligibility and Admissions
The Greek Odyssey is open to students admitted into the semester program in Florence. Interested students must complete the Florence Signature Seminar Questionnaire in their online account. A $300 deposit will be required to hold your place in the program. This is due upon receipt of your Greek Odyssey acceptance email. Details on submitting the deposit will be included in your Greek Odyssey acceptance email.
Space is limited to approximately 30 students, and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event that there is insufficient interest in the seminar, Syracuse Abroad may choose to cancel the program.
Syracuse Abroad offers a group flight for students admitted to the Greek Odyssey program. Group flight information will be sent to all admitted students in the Greek Odyssey acceptance email. Student who choose to fly independently need to talk to their admissions counselor before making a reservation as the timing of the group flight is crucial to the start of the trip.
A program fee* of approximately $2,150 includes a $300 deposit, airfare from Rome to Athens, Athens to Rome, all ground and sea transportation during the program, entrance fee to all seminar sites, hotel accommodations with breakfast daily, and some additional group meals.
*The final program fee is dependent upon the number of participants, and will be determined upon completion of program registration. The finalized fee will be communicated with all admitted students.
Greek Odyssey Registration Instructions
- Complete the Florence Signature Seminar Questionnaire in your application portal.
- Once completed, you will receive a Greek Odyssey acceptance email, containing instructions on submitting the required $300 deposit and purchasing a ticket for the Signature Seminar group flight.
- Please note that you are required to register for at least 12 additional credits for a minimum of 15 credits for the semester. You should further understand that, if you register for more than 19 total credits, you will be charged additional tuition fees for each credit over 19, and you may not register for more than 22 total credits without prior academic approval.