“The Greece Study tour provided us with the amazing experience of studying and living among such a rich history and culture. There is nothing quite like attending a seminar overlooking ancient ruins and a Greek sunset. with the best gyro you’ve ever had too :). It is incredibly well organized, and you will have a wonderful time visiting historical sites and museums, taking part in local cultural events, exploring the towns, and even learning some Greek along the way. If you have the chance, go for it!! You won’t be disappointed.” — Laurie H., 2008
In addition to the books below for purchase, I will give each of you well before departure (probably before spring break) a binder of readings, some of which are about the trip (e.g., itinerary) and some of which are readings for the seminars (e.g., Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, some excerpts from Thucydides).
Getting your books on an electronic device saves on packing weight and cost, although some versions can make for clumsy thumbing through of pages for our seminar discussions (“But then look here in the second paragraph on page 37…”). It’s your call. (Each year some students, as they need more space in their suitcases during the trip, donate their copies of books they’re done with to the hotels’ reading library for other guests.)
One other warning—this one about buying used copies of books through vendors like Amazon.com: recent student experience has shown that choosing a used copy under the new book listing often doesn’t get you a copy of the same translation. For example, when you might THINK you’re purchasing a used copy of Svarlien’s translation of Euripides’ Medea, you’re just as likely to be getting some quite outdated translation, which goes by (of course) the same title but might be translated with thou and thee. Many listings of used copies on Amazon.com don’t provide the information on the translator. I’ve chosen these translations for a reason; not just any translation will do.
These good, modern translations are portable and affordable, as all are from Hackett Publishing Company.
- Euripides’ Medea, translated by Diane Arnson Svarlien; introduction and notes by Robin Mitchell-Boyask, 2008 (978-0-87220-923-7)
- Aeschylus’ Oresteia, translated by Peter Meineck, 1998 (978-0-87220-390-7
- Plato’s The Trial and Death of Socrates, 3rd edition (translated by G.M.A. Grube and revised by John M. Cooper), 2000 (978-0-87220-554-1) [Note that we’ll be reading only the work The Apology in this volume, and the death scene from the Phaedo.]
- The Essential Odyssey by Homer, edited and translated by Stanley Lombardo (978-0872208995)