Study Tours of Mediterranean Lands

Faculty of Humanities

Study Tours of Mediterranean Lands

Department of Classics

In 2001, the Departments of Classics and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures revived the Study Tours of Mediterranean Lands. In the past, generous bursaries have been available from the Student Awards and Financial Aid office at Brock. For more information, please see Scholarships, Awards, Bursaries.

Turkey Tour 2013
The 2013 Study Tour to Turkey (CLAS/VISA 3M24), led by Professor Fanny Dolansky, concentrated on the major monuments of Turkey in Istanbul, Cappadocia, and along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts, with a particular focus on sites of importance in Greco-Roman antiquity. Students visited archaeological sites and museums that reflect Turkey's long and diverse cultural heritage from the Neolithic settlement of Çatalhöyük to Topkapı Palace and Sultan Ahmet Mosque (better known as the Blue Mosque) in Istanbul. Mosques, churches, and museums reflecting the culture of Byzantine and Ottoman Turkey were a highlight of our stay in Istanbul. Ancient sites visited include Perge, Aphrodisias, Patara, Didyma, Ephesus, and Troy.  


Italy Tour 2011
The 2011 Study Tour to Italy (CLAS/VISA 3M25), led by Professor Katharine von Stackelberg, was designed around the theme of "Houses, Villas and Gardens of Ancient and Renaissance Rome". The course introduced students to the major Roman and Renaissance monuments in Italy, with a specific focus on houses, villas and gardens. Students engaged in the active exploration of the art and architecture of Italy and its impact on the Renaissance through walking lectures, guided tours of major sites and visits to museums. Sites visited included Rome, Ostia, Tivoli, Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Baiae. 


Turkey Tour 2009
The 2009 Study Tour to Turkey (CLAS/VISA 3M24), led by Professor Elizabeth Greene, introduced students to the major monuments of Turkey in Istanbul, Cappadocia, and the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. Students visited sites and museums that reflect the vast cultural landscape of Turkey from the Bronze Age to the present day, with particular attention devoted to Greco-Roman antiquity. The churches, mosques and museums of Byzantine and Ottoman Turkey formed a highlight of our stay in Istanbul. Ancient sites visited include: Ephesus, Didyma, Pergamon, Troy, Bodrum (ancient Halicarnassus), Aspendos, and Antalya.


Greece Tour 2007
In 2007, the Department of Classics offered CLAS/VISA 3M23, an exploration of the major sites and museums of mainland Greece. The study tour, led by Professor Allison Glazebrook, included Attica, the Peloponnese, Northern Greece, and a day trip to the island of Aegina. The course focused on the history, sites and monuments from the Mycenaeans to Alexander the Great and beyond. The tour was run in conjunction with The Athens Centre, Greece and seventeen students participated. Students received three hours of instruction in modern Greek and group dinners introduced students to the cuisine of modern Greece. Lectures and student presentations occurred on site.

Rome Tour 2003
In 2001 and 2003, the Department of Classics in conjunction with the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offered the Study Tour as CLAS/ITAL/VISA 4M01: Monumental Rome From Romulus to the Renaissance. The four-week course comprised daily walking tours of the city of Rome, with lectures and student presentations at important sites such as the Forum, the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, and so on. The course also included trips to archaeological sites such as Pompeii or Ostia, to allow students to view an ancient town in a less altered condition. In 2003, the students also took a trip to Florence to view comparative material for the Renaissance portion of the course. Assignments included tests on the course components, papers (due after the return from Rome), and journal assignments.