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Discover a Greek Polis: Ancient Athens On Site
Course Number: MS317
Instructor(s): Robert F. Sutton
Dates: June 23 - July 19, 2014

Course Description
Students study the fundamental political, social, and cultural institutions of the ancient Greek polis of Athens through first-hand examination of its material remains in the context of the modern city. The following major monuments of architecture and topography are experienced on site in central Athens:

Ancient Agora
Roman Agora
Temple of Olympian Zeus
the ancient walls of Athens
the south slope of the Acropolis and the theater of Dionysos

Excursions to Delphi, Piraeus, Eleusis, and major sites in the Attic countryside, including Marathon, Brauron, and Sounion, offer an enhanced perspective of the forces affecting the development and history of the ancient Greek polis.

Visits to the National Archaeological Museum and the museums of the Acropolis, Agora, and the Kerameikos introduce masterworks of ancient art and other artifacts to supplement knowledge gained on site. Students also gain an appreciation of how the past and present interact within the setting of the modern city.


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 airline 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: $2,990
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 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 residing in Athens. CYA recommends the following websites for general information about Athens and Greece: and

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

A full mid-day meal will be served weekdays in the CYA cafeteria between the hours of 12:30-2:00 p.m. A portable packaged lunch will be provided on those weekdays when the group is away from Athens on a day-trip.

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: The majority of class time takes place on-site. Afternoon lectures at the Academic Center often follow morning site visits.
Co- and Extra- Curriculars Included in the course fee are all-day field trips to Eleusis/Gyftokastro and Marathon/Brauron/Sounion. Optional activities include a taverna dinner and a Greek dance lesson. Athens has tremendous cultural and historical appeal; students should feel free to consult CYA staff for help in organizing optional activities during free time.

Arrival: Monday , June 23

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.: Orientation session at the Academic Center followed by an open house offering students the opportunity to meet Professor Sutton and fellow students.

Tuesday, June 24 - Class begins

Last Day:  Friday, July 18
Final Examination
Farewell lunch or dinner

  Saturday, July 19
Student housing available until 11:00 a.m.