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An Invitation to Study in Greece


 


The Basil P. Caloyeras Center invites all LMU students to join the Odyssey Program and spend five weeks in Greece studying and exploring the land and the culture that is the cornerstone of Western civilization. The Program will begin and end in Athens where we will visit the Acropolis, the Agora, and the National Archaeological Museum. The Program takes residence on the Aegean island of Spetses, famous for its gorgeous beaches, distinctive architecture and stately mansions. Spetses is close to both Athens and the Peloponnese and affords us the opportunity to visit such well known historical sites as Epidaurus, Mycenae, Corinth, Nemea, Nauplio, Olympia, Argos, Mistras, Sparta, Delphi, and Meteora.

The Odyssey Program is the creation of Loyola Marymount University (Study Abroad Office) and the Basil P. Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies.
 
 
 
Summer 2014 (Cancelled)
 
Courses Summer 2013
 

MDGK 342/ENGL 341/FNLT 341/EURO 498 ANCIENT LANDSCAPES: MODERN VOICES:  AN INTRODUCTION TO MODERN GREEK LITERATURE
3 semester Units
Prof. Christina Bogdanou, Ph.D.

While visiting the ancient paths of Greece from Delphi to Epidaurus and Olympia, to the modern metropolis of Athens, the mythical landscapes that most visitors call in on their trip to Greece will come to life and reveal to us their eternal stories in the literary texts we will discuss. The students will discover a world still inhabiting the same landscape of Greek myths, yet, a world in search of a modern national and cultural identity separate from ideological constructions of the past.

The course fulfills the English major, Foreign Languages and Literatures major, European Studies major, as well as the requirements for the Modern Greek Studies Minor.

 

MDGK 398/PHIL 320/HNRS 398//EURO 398 ETHICS: ANCIENT GREEK MORAL PHILOSOPHY
3 Semester Units
Prof. Timothy Shanahan, Ph.D.

From Socrates in the 5th century BCE through the neo-Platonists of late antiquity, Greek philosophers contemplated and debated the question of "the good life" for human beings.

By studying selections from their works, classroom lectures, discussions, and guided visits to philosophically significant sites in Greece, students will be equipped to form their own reflective views of "the good life." Topics will include happiness, pleasure, goodness, virtue and vice, fate, luck, friendship, death, immortality, tranquility, and wisdom.

This course fulfills LMU's upper-division Philosophy core requirement, may also be taken toward completion of the Philosophy minor, the Modern Greek Studies Minor, or as an Honors or European Studies elective.


Summer 2012 (Cancelled)

 

Courses Summer 2011


MDGK 450/ HIST 450/ EURO 498 - MODERN GREEK HISTORY AND CULTURE 
3 semester Units
Prof. Demetrios Liappas

Introduction to Modern Greek history and culture.  The course examines the external and internal challenges that Greece has faced in the last two hundred years.  Visits to local museums and historical sites in Athens and the Peloponnese will supplement the classroom lectures.


The course fulfills the History Major requirements, some of the prerequisites for the European Studies Major, and the requirements for the Modern Greek Studies Minor.  
 
 
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MDGK 398/ THST 398/ EURO 398 - THE APOLLONIAN AND THE DIONYSIAN IN SIVA AND THE APOSTLE PAUL
3 semester Units
Prof. Christopher Chapple, Ph.D.

We will begin
 this course with an exploration of The Bacchae, a Greek tragedy by Euripides that explores the dark potential of human religiosity.  We will study its analysis by Friedrich Nietszche in his Birth of Tragedy and by Ruth Benedict in her classic analysis of social structures, Patterns of Culture. We will then explore two religious figures, one mythological and one historical.  The God Siva represents in many ways the abandon of the Dionysian impulse, while the Apostle Paul puts forth a taming version of religious impulse in his various letters. As we live and travel within Greece, we will explore the reams of the Greek gods and famous cities documented in the travels of Paul, grappling with the creative tension between ecstatic experience and lived realities.

This course fulfills Major/Minor core requirements in Theological Studies and European Studies, and the Minor requirements for Modern Greek Studies.



Courses Summer 2010


MDGK 342/ ENGL 341/ FNLT 341/EURO 398 - ANCIENT LANDSCAPES, MODERN VOICES:  AN INTRODUCTION TO MODERN GREEK LITERATURE
3 semester Units
Prof. Christina Bogdanou

While visiting the ancient paths of Greece from Delphi to Epidaurus and Olympia, to the modern metropolis of Athens, the mythical landscapes that most visitors call in on their trip to Greece will come to life and reveal to us their eternal stories in the literary texts we will discuss. The students will discover a world still inhabiting the same landscape of Greek myths, yet, a world in search of a modern national and cultural identity separate from ideological constructions of the past.

The course fulfills the English major, Foreign Languages and Literatures major, European Studies major, as well as the requirements for the Modern Greek Studies Minor.



MDGK 398/THEA 110/THEA398/EURO 398 - BEGINNING ACTING/INTRO TO EPIC ACTING
3 semester units
Prof. Diane Benedict

Through the use of ensemble exercises for imagination, body and voice, textual analysis, performance analysis, rehearsal, improvisation, and performance, students will explore epic style acting using various texts from both the ancient and modern Greek/European comedy and drama. There will be an emphasis on the development of character, relationship, and physical action. Visits to ancient theatres and attendance of festival performances will be included.

The course fulfills the core requirement in Creative Arts, elective requirements for the Theatre Arts major, and the Minor requirements for Modern Greek Studies.



Courses Summer 2009


THEA 430/MDGK 498 - GREEK THEATRE: PAST AND PRESENT
3 semester hours
Prof. Katharine B. Free

A survey of Greek theatre from ancient Greek tragedy and comedy to the modern dramatic traditions. Plays will be analyzed in their cultural, historical and social contexts with attention paid to the conditions of traditional staging as well as to the creative possibilities of reinterpretation by theatre artists. The class will visit the sites of ancient theatres including the Theatre of Dionysos, where drama began. The class will attend performances of plays at the Herodion and the Epidaurus theatres.

This course fulfills the Critical Arts and Literature Core Curriculum requirements for all LMU students except Theatre Arts Majors. This course fulfills an upper-division requirement in theatre history and dramatic literature for Theatre Arts Majors, and the requirements of the Modern Greek Studies Minor.



MDGK 450/HIST 450/EURO 498 - MODERN GREEK HISTORY AND CULTURE
3 Semester hrs.
Prof. Demetrios Liappas

Introduction to Modern Greek culture and history. The course examines the external and internal challenges that Greece faced in the last two hundred years. Visits to local museums and historical sites in Athens and the Peloponnese will supplement the classroom lectures.

The course fulfills the History Major requirements, some of the prerequisites for the European Studies Major, and the requirements for the Modern Greek Studies Minor.



Courses Summer 2008


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HIST 398 /MDGK 398/ EURO 398 - HISTORY OF GREECE: FROM THE MINOANS TO THE MODERN AGE, c.2000BC-2008AD
3 semester hours
Prof. Stefan Chrissanthos

A survey of the political, military and cultural history of the Greek people - from Antiquity, through the Byzantine period and into the Modern Age. The last two hundred years will be examined in the context of European and World history. Excursions to important historical sites, cultural centers and local museums in Athens and the Peloponnesus will supplement the classroom lectures.

The course fulfills the History Major and Minor requirements, some of the prerequisites for the European Studies Major, and the requirements for the Modern Greek Studies Minor.



MDGK 341/ ENGL 341/ FNLT 341/EURO 398 - ANCIENT LANDSCAPES, MODERN VOICES: AN INTRODUCTION TO MODERN GREEK LITERATURE
3 semester hours
Prof. Christina Bogdanou

While visiting the ancient paths of Greece from Delphi to Epidaurus and Olympia, to the modern metropolis of Athens, the mythical landscapes that most visitors call in on their trip to Greece will come to life and reveal to us their eternal stories in the literary texts we will discuss. The students will discover a world still inhabiting the same landscape of Greek myths, yet, a world in search of a modern national and cultural identity separate from ideological constructions of the past.

The course fulfills the English major, Foreign Languages and Literatures major, European Studies major, as well as the requirements for the Modern Greek Studies Program.


Courses Summer 2007


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THEA 430/MDGK 498- GREEK THEATRE: PAST AND PRESENT
3 semester hours
Prof. Katharine B. Free

A survey of Greek theatre from ancient Greek tragedy and comedy to the modern dramatic traditions.  Plays will be analyzed in their cultural, historical and social contexts with attention paid to the conditions of traditional staging as well as to the creative possibilities of reinterpretation by theatre artists.  The class will visit the sites of ancient theatres including the Theatre of Dionysos, where drama began.  The class will attend performances of plays at the Herodion and the Epidaurus theatres. 

This course fulfills the Critical Arts and Literature Core Curriculum requirements for all LMU students except Theatre Arts Majors.  This course fulfills an upper-division requirement in theatre history and dramatic literature for Theatre Arts Majors, and the requirements of the Modern Greek Studies Minor.



MDGK 450/HIST 450/EURO 498 - MODERN GREEK HISTORY and CULTURE
3 Semester hours

Prof. Demetrios Liappas

Introduction to Modern Greek culture and history. The course examines the external and internal challenges that Greece faced in the last two hundred years. Visits to local museums and historical sites in Athens and the Peloponnese will supplement the classroom lectures.

The course fulfills the History Major requirements, some of the prerequisites for the European Studies Major, and the requirements for the Modern Greek Studies Minor.



Courses Summer 2006


MDGK 341/EURO 498/FNLT 341/ENGL 341 - Introduction to Modern Literature
Prof. Christina Bogdanou
3 units

Modern Greek Literature will be studied in a historical and cultural context. Special attention will be given to the literary creations of Kazantzakis, Cavafy, Seferis, Elytis and Ritsos. The course fulfills the English Major and European Studies Major requirements and the requirements for the Modern Greek Studies Minor.



MDGK 450/HIST 450/EURO 498 - Modern Greek History and Culture
Prof. Demetrios Liappas

3 units

Introduction to Modern Greek culture and history. The course examines the external and internal challenges that Greece faced in the last two hundred years. Visits to local museums and historical sites in Athens and the Peloponnese will supplement the classroom lectures. The course fulfills the History Major requirements, some of the prerequisites for the European Studies Major, and the requirements for the Modern Greek Studies Minor.