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AUGUSTANA FACULTY LED PROGRAM: Tracing the Roots of Western Civilization in Classical Greece
Athens, Greece; Corinth, Greece; Delphi, Greece; Nauplion, Greece (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
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Housing Options:
Hostel, Hotel
Course Leader:
O'Hara, David, Wentzel, Rocki
Program Provider:
Augustana University
Areas of Study:
Art History, Classical Studies, Classics, Greek, History, Philosophy
Additional Prerequisites:
Academic Good Standing, Dean of Students Approval, Faculty Leader Approval
Additional Fees:
$150 IPO Administrative Fee
Program Description:


Academic Overview
Western civilization owes an enormous debt to developments in humane sciences around the Golden Age of Athens (478-404 BC). Democracy, political science, medicine, natural philosophy, tragedy and comedy all find significant roots in ancient Greece.  The aim of this course is to bring students into direct contact with a major strain of their intellectual and cultural heritage by traveling to Greece and by visiting sites of historical significance.  On this trip, students will learn the history and culture of classical Greece, learn the rudiments of ancient and modern Greek language, research one pre-assigned site, and keep a travel journal.

This is a one credit elective course.

Comprehensive Fee
Costs: $3,000-3,300 (Final cost will be determined when participant list is set); $150 Administrative Fee.
Comprehensive Fee includes round trip airfare, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, accommodations in twin and triple rooms, and some meals.
See Professor O'Hara for complete details on what is included, and for an estimated budget for extra costs and spending money.

Required Readings
Students will be provided with a course packet of readings.
Hitchens, Christopher. The Parthenon Marbles: The Case for Restitution.

10% Greek Language Component Quiz
40% Presence
25% Site Report
25% Travel Journal

Program Directors
David O'Hara ProfileDr. David O'Hara
Associate Professor, Philosophy and Classics

Dr. David O’Hara teaches a variety of courses, including ancient philosophy, American philosophy, environmental ethics, Asian philosophy, and philosophy of religion.  He regularly teaches a course on classics in Greece, and a course on tropical rainforest and reef ecology in Belize and Guatemala. His most recent book is Downstream, (Cascade Press, 2014) about brook trout and the ecology of the Appalachians.  He is also the author of Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C.S. Lewis (U. P. Kentucky, 2008). He is currently preparing an edited volume of the Religious Writings of American philosopher Charles S. Peirce. Dr. O'Hara is a graduate of Middlebury College (B.A., Spanish), St John's College (M.A., Liberal Arts), and The Pennsylvania State University (M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy).

Rocki Wentzel ProfileDr. Rocki Wentzel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Philosophy and Classics

Dr. Rocki Wentzel joined Augustana in 2008. She teaches courses in Latin and Greek, as well as Greek and Roman mythology, literature in translation, and seminars on applications of gift theory. Her research falls under the heading of classical reception and she has published articles on reception in the fiction of Edith Wharton with a particular focus on writing, creativity, and gender. She earned her Ph.D. in Greek and Latin (Classics) at The Ohio State University, where she wrote her dissertation on the reception of Virgil’s Aeneid in Augustine’s Confessions.

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