Exploring Homer’s World: Bronze Age Greece

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Part tour, part retreat, our trip is a unique opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the world of Homer by reading his epic Odyssey and visiting sites connected to his myths and stories.

We set the context by exploring the architectural masterpieces of Athens, including the Acropolis and the Parthenon. The Classical Pursuits leader and our local guides will bring Homeric legends and ancient Greek drama to life on excursions to sites such as Thebes. And we’ll see written in stone the multicultural heritage of Greece in towns such as Nafplion, with its Roman, Frankish, Venetian, and Turkish architecture.

For the second part of our journey, enjoy a relaxing yet stimulating week at the Kapsaliana resort in beautiful, mountainous Crete. The quiet setting among olive groves is the ideal place to dig deeper into the Odyssey. Homer’s epic poem tells the story of the journey of the Ithacan king Odysseus as he tries to return home after the Trojan War. Here we will mix daily discussions with plenty of free time to relax. Our tour leader will facilitate an engaging and memorable experience whether you are coming to the epic for the first time or have read it many times before.

The guiding principle of our trip is a concept sacred to ancient Greeks and still a fundamental value in Greece today: philoxenia, which can be translated as “friend to the stranger.” The Odyssey is a story of xenia (guest-friendship), whether it is practiced well or poorly, treated with reverence or parodied. Outside the pages of the book, enjoy Greece’s famous hospitality with a group of travellers who might start out as strangers but will end up as friends.

Image credits: The Acropolis as viewed from the Mouseion Hill, Christophe Meneboeuf/Wikipedia

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DESTINATION
Athens and Crete, Greece

DATES
March 29–April 10, 2025

GROUP SIZE
14 to 16 participants

COST TBA

READINGS
The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson; The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus, translated Robert Fagles

LEADERS
TBA

ACCOMMODATION
The Niche Hotel, Athens; Hotel Castellano, Nafplion; Kapsaliana Village Resort, Crete


Cost includes guides, readings, accommodation in double occupancy, two meals a day, discussions, ground transportation, walking tours, talks, excursions, admissions, and taxes and gratuities.


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