January Term in Greece 2012

January 2012:

The Bronze Age: The Minoans and the Mycenaeans.

Together with the Sunoikisis consortium, the Center for Hellenic Studies will offer a travel study program in Greece during January. Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature at Harvard University, will lead the trip, which focuses on Bronze Age societies, specifically the Minoans and the Mycenaeans.  If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact us via Contact Form.


Estimated Rates:

The cost will be approximately $2800.00.

The rate is subject to change upon increase/decrease of the EUR to the USD prior to time of final payment.

An initial deposit of $500.00 is due upon acceptance.
The remainder of the cost will be due December 15, 2011.

*Rate does not include airfare to/from US and Greece.

Click here for a PDF of an estimated trip budget.


The Center for Hellenic Studies will accept applications on a rolling basis. Enrollment will be limited to 35 participants.

The application will call for a PDF of your transcript and contact information for 2 references. The Center will contact your references and have them fill out an online questionnaire.


For more information regarding the January Term trip, please contact us via Contact Form.

Preliminary Itinerary, January 9-21, 2012:

Jan. 9: Flight from Athens to Crete.

Students will meet in Athens for a flight to Crete on January 9.

Jan. 9-13: Crete.

While in Crete, students will visit the ancient Minoan palaces, including Knossos and Phaistos. Students will also visit the spectacular beach a Matala, famous for its man-made caves.

Jan. 14-15: Nafplion, Mycenae, Tiryns

On Friday, January 13, the group will journey via overnight ferry to Nafplion where the medieval structure of Palamidi Fortress still looms high over the city. From 1829-1834, Nafplion was the first capital of Greece after it gained independence from the Ottoman Empire.

Students will visit the Mycenean sites in the Argolid including Mycenae, Midea, and Tiryns and the network of roads that connect these settlements. On the evening of the 15th, there will be a dinner with folk dancing.

Jan. 16-17: Sparta, Pylos.

On January 16, students will retrace Telemachos’ journey as described in the Odyssey.  We will visit the sites of Sparta, Pylos, and Mystra. On January 17, we will return to Nafplion.

Jan. 18: Nemea, Corinth.

On January 18, students will journey back to Athens.  Along the way, we will make stops at the sites of Nemea, the site of one of the major Pan-Hellenic festivals, and Corinth.

Jan. 19-20: Athens.

On January 19, we will visit the Agora, where Socrates engaged Athenians in philosophical conversation, and the Agora Museum. In the afternoon, we will visit the National Archaeological Museum. On Friday, we will visit the New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis, where the Parthenon stands.

Jan. 21: Departure.


J-term Flyer PDF