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 005: Explore the Greatest Ancient Cities. Archaeological tour of Athens (Greece), Rome and Pompeii (Italy)

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RomeThis program, which has been scheduled by the Sanisera Field School, is divided in two main parts. In the first part of the course students will discover the most significant remains of Ancient Greece through an archaeological tour of ancient Athens, which will be lead by an expert on Greek art. During the second part students will discover the most significant remains of Ancient Rome through an archaeological tour of ancient Rome, which will be lead by an expert on Roman art.by an expert on Roman art.


Part 1. Explore The Acropolis of Athens (Greece)

For the first part of the course, the Sanisera Field Program has scheduled an archaeological tour of the city of Athens, where students will visit the most important classical remains. This tour will have a duration of five days and explanations will be in English.

Athens is the cradle of our civilization. In Classical times Athens became Greece's artistic center under Pericles' reign. His architects designed spectacular buildings in the Acropolis and his sculptors, painters and potters had no equal.

One of the basic elements to be found in Greek cities was the Acropolis. The Acropolis of Athens was similar to a fortified sanctuary on top of a hill. On its highest point, the Northwestern side of the Parthenon was located at 90 m above the city's plateau. The monumental gate of the Acropolis was the Propylaea, which was built at the Western end of the complex. To the right of the other end of The Acropolis there is the Parthenon, which was dedicated to Athena. Other significant building was the Erechtheion, which was dedicated to all the gods, goddesses and heroes that were worshiped in The Acropolis. On its southern side there is a portico sustained by the caryatids – women-shaped columns.

In the center of modern-day Athens there are many other archaeological remains which will be visited by students – Dyonysos theater, the Pillars of Olympian Zeus, the Athenian Agora, the Keramiekos Cemetery- and, of course, a must-to-do visit to The Acropolis Museum.

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.


Part 2. Explore Rome & Pompeii (Italy)

For the second part of the course, the Field Program has scheduled an archaeological tour around the city of Rome, where students will visit the most important classical remains. This tour will have a duration of five days.

At its peak Rome was a densely populated city surrounded by ancient fortifications, which extended up to a radius of 3 square kilometers. It had 11 public baths and over 1000 pools and fountains that fed through 19 aqueducts. It also had two circuses and two amphitheaters, triumphal arches and 36 thousand statues. There were nearly two million palaces.

In the heart of the city there was the forum, where merchants gathered, as well as senators and priests who celebrated their rituals and sacrifices according to the requirements of Roman religion.

Very near the Forum there was the Colosseum, which was a magnificent theater built in just 10 years and dedicated to the entertainment of the great mass of the population. It could accommodate 50,000 spectators who could watch fights among gladiators.

Another unique building in Rome is undoubtedly the Pantheon. Built between 118 and 125 A.D., it was a temple dedicated to all gods. It is the most remarkable monument of the whole Roman Empire which has survived in its original form. All decorative elements, mosaic tiles and interior columns remain the same, and its vaulted dome was the largest ever built until the twentieth century.

The art collection which is on display in the halls of the Vatican and the Capitoline Museums are the essential complement to admire the Roman classical world. Also, a visit to Pompeii will be carried out.

This tour will have a duration of five days and explanations will be in English.

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.

 

 

 


 

Museum of Archaeology in Athens, Greece

Museum of Archaeology in Athens, Greece

The Parthenon - Athens

The Parthenon - Athens

The Temple of Zeus in Athens, Greece

The Temple of Zeus in Athens, Greece

Greek art

Greek art

Model of ancient Rome

Model of ancient Rome

 



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