The Anthropology of Food in Greece: the Mediterranean Diet and More (Athens, Koroni)

Major Discipline(s):
Summer Session II (June 26 - July 22, 2017)

The “Mediterranean Diet” has received a great deal of attention over the past 25 years as a dietary pattern with significant health benefits. To think of diet in this way, however, is to think of food as simply nutrition. The rich symbolic life of food, its place in social relationships, its importance to ritual, its connection to regional and national identity, its ties to memory: all of these are lost in the focus on diet as diet alone. This course places this regional diet back into its region, looking at the history and social context in which the Mediterranean diet developed in Greece, and exploring the many different meanings that the production, preparation, consumption, and contemplation of food has in contemporary Greek society. Along the way, issues of globalization, changes in agriculture, food tourism, food security, poverty, and consumer protection will be addressed. We'll also thoroughly interrogate the ideas of “traditional” and “local,” two concepts central to the discussion of regional diets. When not in the classroom, we will visit farms, vineyards, groves, restaurants, markets, museums, kitchens, sweet shops, cooperatives, NGOs, and festivals in our quest to experientially study food in Greece.

Athens, Koroni and the Island of Aegina


This course requires a minimum enrollment of 15, with a maximum enrollment of 24.

CYA reserves the right to cancel any course that fails to achieve minimum enrollment by April 1. Students are advised not to purchase non-refundable airline tickets before early April.


60 contact hours

Fee Discounts:

  • Students who submit their application for admission with full payment postmarked on or before March 1, receive a reduction of $100.

  • Students who enroll and participate in more than one CYA summer course receive a reduction of $100 per course. 

Essential Information

The course starts in Athens on Monday, June 26 and ends in Koroni on Saturday, July 22. Transportation from Athens to Koroni, as well as during day excursions is included in the course fee. Complimentary bus transfer to Athens will be on Saturday, July 22, arriving in Athens in late afternoon/early evening. Students should not plan to fly out of Greece on that day.

Enrolled students will have access to detailed information prior to departure that will include directions to the Academic Center and other practical information about the course. CYA recommends the following websites for general information about Athens and Greece: and; and about the town of Koroni:


While in Athens students are housed within walking distance of the CYA Academic Center in either CYA student apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens or in hotel accommodations arranged by CYA. CYA apartments are simply furnished and equipped with a full kitchen and air-conditioned bedrooms; towels, linens and housekeeping service will be provided. Hotel accommodations will be in simple 2- or 3-star hotels, double- or triple-occupancy, with air-conditioned rooms. During the 7-day stay in Koroni students will be accommodated at Zaga Mylos Hotel, double- or triple-occupancy, in air-conditioned rooms. 


The CYA Academic Center is located next to the Athens Marble Stadium and houses classrooms, the library, the student lounge and cafeteria, computer facilities (including wireless access for those students who choose to bring laptop computers), laundry facilities, and administrative offices. The Academic Center is accessible Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Sunday 5:00-9:00 p.m.


A full mid-day meal will be served weekdays in the CYA cafeteria between the hours of 12:00-3:00 p.m. when the group is in Athens. A welcome and a farewell dinner are also included in the course fee. During the stay in Koroni breakfast and lunch will be served at the hotel, except for the day that the group will be on a day trip to Kalamata, where lunch is not included.

Arrival: Monday, June 26
9:00 a.m.: Check-in begins at the CYA Academic Center. Pick up information folder from Student Affairs and course materials from the Librarian. Transfer to CYA apartments or to CYA-arranged hotel accommodations.

6:00 p.m.: Orientation session at the Academic Center followed by welcome dinner offering students the opportunity to meet their Professor and fellow students.

Class begins: Tuesday, June 27 

Leave for Koroni: Sunday, July 16.
Check out of Athens accommodations. Chartered bus transfer to the town of Koroni where you will stay until Saturday, July 23 (6 nights, 7 days)

Last Day of Class: Friday, July 21
Last class and final examination. Farewell dinner

Departure: Saturday, July 22
Accommodations available till 11:00 am.
Complimentary morning bus transfer to Athens. Estimated bus departure 8:30am. Estimated arrival in central Athens 2:00 - 3:00pm. As arrival time in Athens depends on traffic conditions, it is advisable that students do not book a departure flight out of Greece on the same evening.