From Homer’s Iliad to Heinrich Schliemann’s ‘Treasure of Priam,’ Vergil’s Aeneid to Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy (2004), this course will investigate the Trojan War and responses to it, both ancient and modern. As we cross the Atlantic, we will read and discuss the Iliad. Then, after learning about exciting, controversial archaeological discoveries, you will have an opportunity to visit Mycenae, home of Agamemnon lord of men, and Troy, home of Hector breaker of horses. We’ll look at Vergil’s creation of a Roman epic, a survival story of defeated Trojans persevering to found a new city in a newland; we’ll watch Troy, a modern reworking of the ancient story directed by a German survivor of World War II. As the MV Explorer heads back across the ocean, we will read the Odyssey, the story of a great hero’s journey home.
Field WorkCountry: Greece
Your field lab journal will make up twenty percent of your course grade. We will take a day trip together to see the National Museum in Athens (with the spectacular finds from Schliemann's excavation at Mycenae together with some other famous finds from Pylos and Tiryns), Schliemann's house, and Schliemann's tomb. I will also be leading optional overnight trips to Mycenae and Troy. After each visit, you will write about it in your field experience journal, including photographs if you can (museums in Greece do not always allow photographs). Your field lab journal must include discussions of at least three objects or buildings or sites. If you participate only in our field lab in Athens, you'll need to pay particular attention that day.