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The Archaeology of Greece: From Palace to City-State
Course Number: MS301
Instructor(s): Steven Diamant
Dates: May 26 - June 21, 2014

Course Description

This course is an intensive four-week journey to the key sites and museums in Crete, Attica, the Peloponnese, and central Greece to examine the art and archaeology of prehistoric and classical Greece in its original setting. Students will explore first-hand the celebrated monuments and masterpieces of the Minoan, Mycenaean and Greek civilizations, and study the changes from palatial Bronze Age society to Greek city-state democracy. As students acquaint themselves with the most influential landmarks in Greek art and architecture, they will take a critical and reflective look at their discoveries and re-evaluate the fundamental bases of Greek archaeology.

In addition to the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Ancient Agora, National Archaeological Museum, and Theatre of Dionysus, sites in Attica will include the Temple of Apollo at Sounion and the Sanctuary of Artemis at Brauron. A multi-day study-travel excursion to Crete will visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the Minoan palaces of Knossos, Phaistos, and Mallia, and the sites of Archanes, Fourni, Vatypetro, Myrtos, Pyrgos, Gournia, and Lato. The study-travel excursion through the Peloponnese will include the sites of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Lerna, Tiryns, Sparta, Mystra, and Olympia before culminating with a visit to the central mainland site of Delphi.

Participants are required to prepare for the course by completing some reading assignments in advance. Three essays are required, one on June 24 and the other two on July 24, 2014.

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, 2014. Students are advised not to purchase non-refundable tickets before early April.

Summer CYA courses are the equivalent of a regular one semester course at CYA. A detailed syllabus outlining the contact hours, reading and assesment is available upon request.

Course Fee: $3,600

Please note: 

  • Students who submit their application for admission with full payment postmarked on or before March 1, 2014 receive a reduction of $100.
  • Students who enroll and participate in more than one CYA summer course receive a deduction of $100 per course.


Never before has a course had such an impact on me. In just a few short weeks, the College Year in Athens program opened up the past, shared Greece’s incredible history, and combined learning with fun to not only broaden my horizons but make a lasting difference in the way I see the world...Touring these sites would not have been the same without the expertise and experience of Professor Diamant—an instructor who has dedicated his life to the study of these ancient people.
Ioan Bolohan -- Summer 2013. Majoring in Business Administration and Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill
The course, under the expert guidance of Dr. Steven Diamant, covered more ground than I expected, both literally and figuratively... Every part of our trip - from Crete to Delphi to the Peloponnese - was carefully and thoughtfully planned by CYA. we never had to worry about the logistical aspects of traveling.  This made the course that much more enjoyable, as we could truly focus on our studies...(and) the course was exactly what I had hoped it to be: rigorous and challenging. 

Jenna Gaska, Summer 2013--now a phD candidate in Molecular Biology, Princeton

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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

Housing / Facilities:   Students are housed in Athens 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 simple ‘B’ or ‘C’ class, double-occupancy, air-conditioned rooms with breakfast included.

While traveling, students stay in simple ‘B’ or ‘C’ class hotels in double- or triple-occupancy, air-conditioned rooms with breakfast included.

During the Athens segments of the course, a mid-day meal served on weekdays in the CYA cafeteria is included in the fee.

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 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Daily Schedule:  Students should expect full days (with a break for lunch) of on-site instruction and travel. Due to the scope and material of the course as well as the rigor of the schedule and the travel involved, participants should be prepared for a physically and intellectually demanding—yet highly rewarding—experience.


Monday, May 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. 
  • Transport to CYA apartments or to CYA-arranged hotel accommodations. 
  • 6:00 p.m.:   Welcome and orientation session at the Academic Center offering students the opportunity to meet Professor Diamant and fellow students.

Tuesday, May 27

  • Class begins

Last day:
Friday, June 20 - Farewell lunch or dinner

Saturday, June 21 - Student apartments or hotel accommodations available until 11:00 a.m.