Study Tours and Travel

The Department of Classics and Archaeology normally offers a study tour in Mediterranean countries in odd-numbered years (i.e., 2017, 2019, 2021, etc.).

These courses provide excellent opportunities to experience ancient cultures first-hand through their monuments, art, and artifacts with visits to archaeological sites and museums. Recent destinations have included Greece, Italy, and Turkey. Brock offers generous bursaries and the Department of Classics and Archaeology has raised considerable money for scholarships and travel awards to support student travel. For more information, please see Scholarships, Awards, Bursaries.

Greece Tour 2023

In the summer of 2023, the Department of Classics is offering CLAS/VISA 3M23 Study Tour of Greece. Students are spending 2 weeks touring the archaeological sites and museums of Greece to learn first-hand about the history and culture of the ancient Greek world.

Check out the 2023 Study Tour of Greece blog!

Italy Tour 2019

The 2019 Study Tour led by Dr Carrie Murray and Dr Eóin O’Donoghue took a group of Classics and Archaeology majors, minors, and non-Classicists around the sites and museums of Rome, Ostia, Pompeii, Naples, Sperlonga, and the Etruscan sites Tarquinia and Cerveteri. We also visited a number of churches for their art historical connections with the ancient world including incredible mosaics and spolia in the form of columns and inscribed plaques.

Greece Tour 2017

Race at Olympia. Consult the Oracle at Delphi. Walk in the Footsteps of Socrates. The 2017 Study Tour to Greece (CLAS/VISA 3M23) was led by Professor Allison Glazebrook.

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 and Archaeology offered CLAS/VISA 3M23, an exploration of the major sites and museums of mainland Greece. The study tour, led by Dr. 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. Students received three hours of instruction in modern Greek and group dinners introduced students to the cuisine of modern Greece.

Rome Tour 2003

In 2001 and 2003, the Department of Classics and Archaeology 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.