7 days
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate

Uncovering Ancient Greece

The Glory of Greece course examines the history of the Ancient Greeks from Mycenaean, Minoan and Homeric times until the commencement of the Peloponnesian War in 431BC. We discover the development of a classical, ancient people and culture. Further, we consider their resounding effects upon our own longstanding institutions and ways of life.

From Homer’s Troy 1250BC to Pericles’ Athens 431BC, the main aim of this course is to explore Ancient Greece and assess its ongoing impact upon western civilisation today.


This Summer School course covers

  • the places - including Athens, Sparta, Delphi, Corinth, the Aegean Islands, Troy, Mycenae and more
  • the stories - including the Iliad and the Odyssey, the Persian Wars, the glory of Athens’ democratic century and the war with Sparta
  • the culture - including the art, drama, science and philosophy of ancient Greece, and
  • the evidence - including ancient historians and modern archaeologists such as Homer, Herodotus and Thucydides as well as Schliemann and Evans.

Participants will be exploring the very roots of western civilisation as it formed over a millennium in the eastern Mediterranean, the Greek mainland and the Aegean from 1600BC to 431BC broadly.

In the classroom

The content will be arranged and presented through a variety of media including:

  • introductory live tutorial discussion each morning in preview, presentation and review of material used
  • examination of a variety of primary written sources, cultural artefacts, ancient remains and archaeological evidence
  • use of maps, museum contents and selected writing from recent accounts by historians
  • virtual visits to key sites such as Knossos, Delphi, the Acropolis (Athens) and many more
  • audio-visual presentation of a select few lectures by eminent classicists
  • select cinematic interpretations of the Homeric epics
  • round table research and discussion.

Dr Philip Dutton has spent over 40 years in higher education at four universities. He is currently researching in the School of Education at University of Wollongong. Phillip has a special teaching interest in Ancient Greek History. The study of the Ancient Greeks down to Alexander the Great has been an academic pursuit by Philip since the sixties as a student, then as a teacher and lecturer.

PDF of Tour

Overview: After checking in to the Ibis, we come together for a welcome dinner at the Ibis Styles restaurant “Mr Good Guy” at 6.00pm. This gives you the chance to meet your program leader, catch up with old friends and meet other people hoping to discover all that they can about Ancient Greece.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles

Overview: We begin by introducing ourselves, our interests and our aims before proceeding to the first basic questions that identify the Greeks as Greeks even from Homeric times and the legends of Troy.

In the afternoon we plot as best we can how Greece looked even from pre-Homeric times and how it came to disappear as a culture into a Dark Age lasting at least 300 years.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles

Overview: After reviewing the previous day, we pick up our progress to witness the kind of Greece that emerges from around 800BCE and help explain the Dark Age and simply what and why it came about in the first place. We look again at Homer for some understanding.

Why do we see a different Greece emerge from the Dark Age from 800BCE and in what ways?

Accommodation: Ibis Styles

Overview: This morning, following review, we consider the development of characteristic and politically contrasting Greek city-states especially over the 100 years from 620BCE to 510BCE. This session will end with some ideas about how Athens managed to become the first model of democracy and what were its strengths and weaknesses by both ancient and modern measures?

In the afternoon, depending upon time and arrangements, will shall consider the emergence of the golden age of Athens in thought, word, deed and art.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles

Overview: Enter the Persians! Today we look closely at Athens’ great 5th Century BCE in all aspects of political, cultural and economic achievement despite being tested early by the Persians from 490BCE only to be defeated in a drawn out war with Sparta from 431 to 404BCE.

Why did the great pan Hellenic alliance against the Persians lead ultimately to a breakdown and to war between the major Greek city-states as a result? We read the historians of the period, Herodotus and Thucydides, to help us find answers.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles

Overview: In the evening we conclude our course with a farewell dinner at the Customs House Hotel Restaurant, starting at 6:30pm.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles

Overview: After breakfast, we say our farewells and the program draws to a close

Discover who were the Greeks and where they came from
Learn the Homeric legends then and now
Consider the growth of Greek city-states and the contrast between Spartan society and Athenian culture within Greece
Discuss the development of democracy within Athens in the 6th and 5th centuries including the resistance to outside conquerors from Persia
Investigate the Golden Age and how it arose and became the model for modern democracies

What’s included in our Tour

  • 6 nights in full en suite accommodation in central Hobart.
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 2 dinners.
  • Lectures and handouts as indicated.
  • Services of a study leader and lecturers.
  • Complimentary wifi.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Return airfares to and from Hobart.
  • Airport transfers to/from your Hobart Hotel
  • Costs of a personal nature.

Odyssey Summer Schools map

Glory of Greece
Erechtheion in Acropolis of Athens, Greece
Rhodes island. Greece
Eastern Mediterranean
Temple of Athena, Delphi
Sparta ruins, Greece

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