Journey to the heartland: ANU Ancient History students in the Mediterranean

Friday 3 February 2017

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 went to Italy, where they started in Reggio di Calabria. The group traveled through Sicily, circumnavigating the entire island, before moving on to southern Italy, where they spend time time in Paestum, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Naples. The course was taught by Dr Chris Bishop and Dr Peter Londey of the Centre for Classical Studies.

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On Wednesday the 18th of January ANU Classics Students on the Italy and Sicily tour participated in Museum Selfie Day. The aim of this was to highlight museums, in particular small museums. In circumstances that could only have been concocted by... Read more


On a windy Saturday morning, we visited the site of the Ancient Greek settlement of Morgantina in Sicily. The site contained many differences to most of the other Greek sites that we had visited, most noticeably its lack of a temple, a stereotypical... Read more


It was mid-November and I found myself sitting in a class room well past the completion of my semester two exams. I was in the midst of a weeklong series of lectures for our impending class trip to Italy. While I was both intellectually exhausted... Read more


As a person who has already been on the ANU trips to Turkey and Greece, I had resigned myself to the unfortunate truth that I was not going to experience anymore ‘firsts’ with this years’ trip to southern Italy and Sicily. However, on our third day... Read more


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