Since 2011, the Centre for Classical Studies in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics has been teaching overseas courses each January in Turkey, Greece or Italy. Students who have read the literature and studied the history of the ancient Greek and Roman world get their chance to see at first hand the places where that history was made: great cities; small towns; fortified sites; sanctuaries; as well as the landscape in which they existed. They also visit many superb museums, seeing a far greater range of Classical art than is available in Australia. For the students, all this gives flesh to their own imagining of Classical civilisation.
The January 2017 course goes to Italy, where we will start in Reggio di Calabria. The group will travel through Sicily, circumnavigating the entire island, before moving on to southern Italy, where we will spend some time in Paestum, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Naples. The course will be taught by Dr Chris Bishop and Dr Peter Londey of the Centre for Classical Studies.