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IWP launches opportunity to study abroad in Greece

IWP, in cooperation with the Mycenean Foundation, is launching a study-abroad opportunity in Greece, beginning in July 2022. During this four-week trip, IWP students will stay in the seaside town of Nafplio, where two IWP classes will be offered. They will also tour some of the great cultural sites in Greece and meet with senior Greek government officials.

This is now the second study-abroad option for IWP students, joining the course at the University of Oxford (England), which was started in 2012.

During the trip, Dr. Christofilis Maggidis, a new IWP Professor who also serves as the President of the Mycenean Foundation, will teach a course on “Ancient and Modern Democracy: Ideology, Morphology, Pathology” (IWP 697). This class involves an interdisciplinary investigation of ancient democracy (with special emphasis on the ancient Athenian democracy), its origins, history, and evolution, rise and fall, and its diachronic legacy.

Dr. Maggidis will also teach “Diplomacy and War in the Ancient World” (IWP 696). This seminar ventures a historical review of diplomacy, foreign relations, and war in the ancient world, focusing on an interdisciplinary, comparative analysis of select case studies from various chronological periods, ancient cultures, and states in the region of the Mediterranean and the Near East.

During their visit to Greece, students will tour Athens before arriving at their home base: the Mycenaean Foundation’s Melathron Center in Nafplio.

Other planned events include a guided tour of the Mycenaean citadel of Mycenae and museum and field trips to Sparta and Mystras; Pylos and Olympia, including swimming at Voidokilia bay and the Polylimnio waterfalls; Epidaurus, including the theater, sanctuary, and museum; Argos; and Corinth, including swimming, water sports, and hiking.

Dr. Christofilis Maggidis
Dr. Christofilis Maggidis, President of the Mycenaean Foundation and active field archaeologist in Greece, will teach two courses on the Greece trip.

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