J-Term Syllabus, 2012

January Term: Crete and the Peloponnese in the Bronze Age

January 9-21, 2012


This travel-study program will explore the Bronze Age societies that occupied Crete and the Peloponnese. These societies fall under the modern names of the Minoans (after, Minos, the legendary King of Knossos) and Mycenaeans (after the cite located approximately 15 km from the Bay of Argos between Mt. Ayios Ilias and Mt. Zara). The excursion will combine visits to archaeological sites and museums with readings from primary and secondary sources about the societies and their influence on subsequent cultures. 


The readings for the course will be available on the Sakai worksite for the program under “Resources.”

Aeschylus Oresteia: Agamemnon, Libation Bearers,
. Trans. Herbert Wier Smyth, Gregory Crane, Graeme
Bird, and Gregory Nagy.
Bacchylides Odes
12, 13. In Greek Lyrics.
Trans. 2nd ed. Richmond Lattimore. Chicago: University of Chicago
Press, 1960.
Barber, Robin Selections from Blue Guide:
6th edition. London: A & C Black, 2003.

The Monuments of Ancient Greece,” by Nicolas Coldstream(13-31)”History of Athens” (89)”2: The Acropolis” (91-95)

[Note: the information about the Acropolis
is no longer accurate, since the new museum opened in June

“3: The Areópagus, Mouseíon, Pnyx, and Hill of the Nymphs” (95)

“4: From Síntagma Square to the Kerameikós and the Academy” (97-98)

“5: The ‘Theseíon’ and the Agorá” (99-104)

“25: Corinth (Kórinthos) and its environs” (187-211)

“26: Corinth to Mycenae (Mikínes), Argos, and Návplio” (211-221)

“27: Myceane (Mikínes)” (221-232)

“28: Návplio, Tiryns (Tírintha) and the Argive Heraíon (Iraío)” (232-243)

“31: Trípolis to Sparta, Mistrá” (257-268)

“34: Messenia (Messinía)” (283-300)
We have also included the following selections that may be of

Byzantine Art and Architecture in Greece,” by Karin M. Skawran (31-40)

Post-Byzantine Monuments: Frankish, Venetian and Ottoman Greece” by Peter Lock

Greek Vernacular Architecture: An Outline” by Peter Lock (46-49)

Modern Greek History” by Richard Clogg (49-55)

Greek Folk Art” by Jane Cocking (56-60)

Biers, William R. Archaeology in Greece,” “The Minoans,” and “The Mycenaeans.” In The Archaeology
of Greece: An Introduction
, 13-96. 2nd ed. Ithaca: Cornell
University Press 1996.
Cameron, Pat Selections from Blue Guide: Crete. 7th edition.
London: A & C Black, 2003.

“A history of Crete”(37-55)

[Note: the Archaeological Museum is still closed for renovations. Selections from the collection are on display in a temporary exhibition space.]




“Ayía Triáda”



Camp II, John McK. The
Athenian Agora: A Short Guide
“The Prehistoric Period” in The
Archaeology of Athens
, 11-20. New Haven: Yale University Press,
Friedrich, Walter L. et al. “Santorini Eruption Radiocarbon Dated to 1627-1600 B.C.” Science 312 (2006): 548.
Homer Odyssey 1-4, 15.1-300.
Trans. Samuel Butler, Soo-Young Kim, Kelly McCray, Gregory Nagy, and
Timothy Power.
Manning, Sturt W. et al. “Chronology for the Aegean Late Bronze Age: 1700-1400 B.C.” Science 312 (2006): 565-569.
Pausanias Guide
to Greece
, 1.1.1-1.30.4
, 2.1.1-2.5.3
, 2.15.1-2.25.9
, 3.11.1-3.20.8
, 4.36
. Trans. Peter Levi. London: Penguin, 1971.

Online Resources

The Acropolis Museum

Excavations of Ancient Corinth (an ongoing project of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens)

Herakleion Archaeological Museum (part of the Odysseus website sponsored by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

The Kerameikos (a project of the German Archaeological Institute) [German]

Virtual tour of Knossos (a project of the British School at Athens)

National Archaeological Museum in Athens

The Nemea Center at the University of Berkeley

Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean (a site developed by Jeremy Rutter and sponsored by Dartmouth College and the Foundation for the Hellenic World)

The Pylos Project, part of the Minnesota Archaeological Researches in the Western Peloponnese (MARWP)

Archäologische Forshungen in Tiryns (a joint project of Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and the German Archaeological Institute)

Other Recommended Reading

Dubin, Marc et al. Greece: Athens and the Mainland. London: Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2011. (DK Eyewitness Travel Guides)

Schedule of Activities

Week 1 (1/8-14)
Monday1/9/2012 Evening Flight from Athens to Chania Accommodationsin Chania:

Porto Veneziano

Tuesday1/10/2012 Reading Cameron 37-55, 352-372 (“A history of Crete” [PDF] and Khaniá” [PDF]); Biers 13-22, 23-61 (“Archaeology in Greece” [PDF] and “The Minoans” [PDF]); Friedrich et al. [PDF]
Morning Orientation and visit to archaeological museum Accommodationsin Chania:

Porto Veneziano

Afternoon Sightseeing in Chania
Evening Preview meeting and dinner in Chania
Wednesday1/11/2012 Reading Bacchylides Ode 12, Cameron 99-120, 124-128 (“Knossos” [PDF] and “Phourni” [PDF])
Morning Travel to Heraklion Accommodationsin Heraklion:

Hotel Lato

Afternoon Visits to Knossos and Phourni
Evening Review meeting and dinner
Thursday1/12/2012 Reading Cameron 147-159, 166-171 (“Phaistós” [PDF], “Ayía Triáda” [PDF], and “Górtyn” [PDF])
Morning Visits to Gortyn and Phaistos Accommodationsin Zaros:


Afternoon Visit to Ayia Triada and free time in Zaros
Evening Review meeting and dinner
Friday1/13/2012 Reading Cameron 62-99 (“Herákleion” [PDF]) 
Morning Travel back to Heraklion and visit to Archaeological Museum Accommodations:Knossos Palace
Afternoon Sightseeing in Heraklion
Evening Travel to Pireas: 9:00 p.m. departure on the Knossos Palace
Saturday1/14/2012 Reading Biers 62-96 (“The Mycenaeans” [PDF]); Barber 211-243 (“26: Corinth to Mycenae [Mikínes], Argos, and Návplio” [PDF]); Manning et al. [PDF]
Morning Arrival in Pireas; bus transfer to Nafplion; stop at Lerna Accommodationsin Nafplion:

Hotel Park

Afternoon Visit to the Archaeological Museum (before 3 pm) and
sightseeing in Nafplion
Evening Preview meeting (Myceneans) and dinner
Week 2 (1/15-21)
Sunday1/15/2012 Reading Barber 221-243 (“27: Myceane [Mikínes]” [PDF] and “28: Návplio, Tiryns [Tírintha] and the Argive Heraíon [Iraío]” [PDF]); Aeschylus,  Agamemnon and Libation Bearers [PDF]; Pausanias 2.15.4-17.7, 2.25.1-7 [PDF]
Morning Sites along the Mycenaean system of roads: Tiryns and Argive
Accommodationsin Nafplion:

Hotel Park

Afternoon Sites along the Mycenean system of roads: Mycenae
Evening Review meeting and dinner
Monday1/16/2012 Reading Barber 257-268 (“31: Trípolis to Sparta,
Mistrá” [PDF]);
Odyssey 1-4 [PDF],
15.1-300 [PDF];
Pausanias 3.11.1-3.20.8 [PDF]
Morning Travel to Sparta (with a stop at the Menelaion) Accommodationsin Pylos: Karalis Beach Hotel
Afternoon Travel to Pylos (with stop at Mistrá)
Evening Review meeting and dinner
Tuesday1/17/2012 Reading Barber 283-300 (“34: Messenia [Messinía]” [PDF]),
Pausanias 4.36 [PDF].
Morning Visit to the Mycenaean site at Pylos Accommodationsin Nafplion:

Hotel Marianna

Afternoon Travel back to Nafplion (free time)
Evening Dinner
Wednesday1/18/2012 Reading Barber 13-31, 89, 187-211 (“The Monuments of
Ancient Greece,” [PDF]
“History of Athens,” [PDF]
and “25: Corinth [Kórinthos] and its environs” [PDF]);
Pausanias 2.1.1-2.4.5 [PDF],
2.15.2-3 [PDF].
Morning Visits to Nemea and Corinth Accommodationsin Athens:


Afternoon Travel to Athens
Evening Preview meeting and dinner in the Plaka
Thursday1/19/2012 Reading Barber 95, 99-104 (“3: The Areópagus,
Mouseíon, Pnyx, and Hill of the Nymphs” [PDF]
and “5: The ‘Theseíon’ and the Agorá” [PDF]);
Camp, The Athenian Agora [PDF]
and “Prehistoric Athens” [PDF]
Morning Visit to the Kerameikos and Agora Accommodationsin Athens:


Afternoon Visit to the National Archaeological Museum
Evening Open
Friday1/20/2012 Reading Aeschylus, Eumenides
Barber 91-95 (“2: The Acropolis” [PDF]);
Pausanias 1.1.1-1.30.4 [PDF]
Morning Visits to the Acropolis Museum and Acropolis Accommodationsin Athens:


Afternoon Open
Evening Final dinner
Saturday1/21/2012 Departures