Study Abroad Program

Ionian University

Seafarers in Ancient Greece: Pirates, Sailors, Colonizers

Corfu, Greece July 1-13 2019


Intensive Ancient Greek Course

July 15-20 2019 Corfu, Greece


This two-week study abroad program focuses on various types of seafarers in ancient Greece, from pirates to sailors and colonizers. It explores their roles in mythical journeys, the colonization process and naval battles from the archaic to the Hellenistic age. Emphasis will be given to maritime religion, economy and landscape. The program will also take advantage of the location of Corfu incorporating trips to islands and locations of sea-battles, and inquiring about the role of ancient Corcyra in seafaring. Through a combination of in-class lectures and on-site teaching the students will be able to gain a deep understanding of the history of seafaring along with various aspects of the life of islanders in the ancient world. The students will also establish a good foundation in ancient Greek History, Art, and Religion.