Seminar Participants to Follow in Pausanias’ Footsteps through Greece

Ancient Greece seminar brochure coverCIC and the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) are pleased to cosponsor a special faculty seminar, “Traveling with Pausanias through Greece,” in summer 2018. Part of the Ancient Greece in the Modern College Classroom seminar series, participants will for the first time begin their journey at the CHS facilities in Nafplio, Greece, and continue in Pausanias’ footsteps to historical locations throughout the country, including Argos, Athens, Delphi, and Olympia. Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University, and Kenneth Scott Morrell, associate professor of Greek and Roman studies at Rhodes College (TN), will lead the June 17–25 seminar.

The itinerary inspiration is Pausanias, a Greek traveler originally from Ionia, who journeyed in the second century CE throughout Greece and recorded his observations and experiences in ten guide books, beginning with his arrival in the region of Athens. Over the course of seven days, participants will visit many of the places Pausanias saw and made note of in his Periēgēsis Helládos (Description of Greece). In addition to Pausanias’ descriptions, participants will read a selection of poetic, historical, and philosophical works related to each site. The seminar also will provide a background on the development of Greek material culture, such as the evolution of sacred, domestic, and civic architecture, funerary practices, sculpture, and two-dimensional representations of traditional narratives and daily life in vase paintings.

The seminar is open to full-time faculty members in all disciplines who might use classical texts in their courses, and it may be of special interest to faculty members in archaeology, history, art history, literature, classics, theatre, and philosophy, and to those who lead or are planning trips for students to Greece. The chief academic officer of the nominee’s institution must nominate the faculty member who wishes to participate by January 19, 2018.

For the 20 selected faculty members, the cost of lodging, transportation, and entry fees for seminar-related excursions to archaeological sites and museums, reading materials, and most meals will be covered by CIC and CHS, thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Participants will make their own international travel arrangements to Athens, Greece, and CIC will reimburse participants up to $1,200 to help offset travel expenses. The only expenses to participants or their institutions will be the cost of transportation that exceeds $1,200 plus personal incidental expenses. View nomination materials and additional information about the seminar. For questions, contact Stephen Gibson, CIC director of programs, at (202) 466-7230 or