When Egypt meets the Aegean: Interconnections in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean (Thera [Santorini], Crete, Athens)

Major Discipline(s):
Art History & Archaeology
Summer Session II (June 26 - July 22, 2017)
The objective of this course is to offer a deep insight into the cultures of Greece during the Bronze Age within their wider Eastern Mediterranean context. The Egyptian Collection of the National Archaeological Museum at Athens, one of the most important worldwide, will be the platform for the teaching of the ancient Egyptian civilization and its wonders, as well as its interaction with the people of Greece. The focal point of the course is the site of Akrotiri, the “Pompeii of the Prehistoric Aegean” at the magnificent island of Thera (Santorini) in the Cyclades. The students will familiarize themselves with all aspects of the Aegean Bronze Age through visits to the site itself, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, the caldera which is a miracle of geology and the numerous key-sites of this unique island.
An essential part of the course is the trip to the near-by island of Crete, where the newly renovated Archaeological Museum of Herakleion, the majestic sites of Knossos and Phaistos and other important locations will be explored. Of equal importance will be a trip to the citadel of Mycenae in mainland Greece, a site that gave its name to an entire civilization, followed by a visit to the close-by citadel of Tiryns. In order to see the greater picture, a one-day trip to the modern city of Thebes (under which a major Late Bronze Age town thrived) will take place and there the course participants will explore the galleries of its brand new Archaeological Museum that offers a unique insight to the Aegean palatial society and its contacts with various eastern neighbors. The course will conclude in Athens.
The students will have the extremely rare opportunity to experience hands-on activities (e.g. metal and wall painting workshops) and behind the scenes visits at a number of instances, allowing them to comprehend better and deeper the material culture through actual contact with prehistoric artefacts. Distinguished scholars and specialists of Greek archaeology will be teaching throughout the course and share with the participants their academic interests and excitement. Apart from the assigned readings, the students will be benefitted by accessing some of the richest and specialized libraries of the world regarding the cultures of Eastern Mediterranean.

Athens, Mycenae,Tiryns, Thebes and  the Islands of Santorini and Crete


This course requires a minimum enrollment of 15, with a maximum enrollment of 20.

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

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 Santorini and Crete

IMPORTANT NOTE: This course involves extensive travel.  Be wary of overpacking.  Pack only what you can carry comfortably, because you will be required to check- in and out of accommodations for each stay / travel segment of this course. 


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.
Arrival: Monday , June 26
2:00 p.m.: Check-in at CYA and move into your apartments

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

Class begins: Tuesday, June 27

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

Departure: Saturday, July 22
Accommodations available till 12:00 noon.

Housing & Meals

Monday, June 26 to Sunday, July 2 (6 nights, 7 days): Accommodations in CYA student apartments.  Tuesday, June 27, to Friday, June 30, lunch will be served  at the CYA Cafeteria between the hours of 12:00 – 15:00.

Sunday, July 2 to Friday, July 7  (5 nights, 6 days): Accommodations at Carlos Pansion, at Akrotiri village on Santorini.  Breakfast will be served daily.  Dinner will be served Monday through Thursday.

Friday, July 7 through Wednesday, July 12 (5 nights, 6 days): Accommodations at Olympic Hotel in Heraklio town, Crete (last night on ferry boat returning to Athens).  Breakfast will be served daily.  No other meals included.

Thursday, July 13 to Saturday, July 15 (2 nights, 3 days) Accommodations in CYA apartments. Lunch will be served on weekdays at the CYA Cafeteria between the hours of 12:00 – 15:00.

Saturday, July 15 – Sunday, July 16 (1 night, 2 days): Accommodations at Victoria Hotel in Nauplio town.  Breakfast on Sunday.

Sunday, July 16 to Saturday, July 22 (6 nights, 7 days): Accommodations in CYA apartments. Lunch will be served on weekdays at the CYA Cafeteria between the hours of 12:00 – 15:00.