Rome's Colosseum and Pantheon. Timeless Pompeii. The birthplace of the Olympics. The Theater at Ephesus. Greek island-hopping. Hiking, swimming. Athens and the Acropolis. There is something for everyone on this multi-generational program.
Join fellow Princetonians June 21 – July 2, 2012, as you gather family and friends to introduce them to the ancient cities and idyllic islands that have been central throughout millennia. Aboard the all-suite Corinthian II, embark on a voyage between two iconic capitals, Rome and Athens, by way of a host of sites well known in myth, literature, and history. Discover Olympia, birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games and become enchanted by Crete's Minoan Palace of Knossos. On the cliffs of Santorini, see artifacts from Akrotiri, an ancient town buried—and, like Pompeii, preserved by—the pumice and ash of a volcanic eruption centuries ago. Explore the fortified town of Rhodes, one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities. Conclude in Athens, a city capturing the best of the ancient and modern worlds. Youth education counselors will lead the Young Explorers Program, a series of educational and recreational activities developed to enhance children's appreciation of the sites visited, while scholarly lectures will captivate more mature travelers.
Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined by those from the Smithsonian Institution.
About the Study Leader
Yelena Baraz, Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University, will serve as Princeton Study Leader on this Journey.
A specialist in Latin literature and Roman cultural history, Yelena Baraz teaches Latin language and literature at all levels at Princeton. She is largely interested in how literary texts shape, and are in turn shaped by, social and cultural forces. Her first book is on Cicero's philosophical works as a cultural project (Princeton University Press, Spring 2012), while her newest project explores the meaning of pride and related concepts in Roman society across periods and genres. Prior to coming to Princeton in 2007, she taught at Trinity College and held a fellowship at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich. The mother of twin daughters, she earned her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.
During this Journey, Professor Baraz will speak on a variety of aspects of Ancient Rome, including the philosophers of the time and daily life in ancient Roman towns. She will also be available to guide travelers through a bit of the Homer's Odyssey while this modern-day odyssey unfolds. Her talks will be complemented by those of other scholars accompanying this program.