Seafarers in Ancient Greece
Pirates, Sailors, Colonizers
Corfu, Greece
July13-25 2020
Corfu, Greece

Academic Coordinators:
Professor Athanasios Efstathiou (aefstath@ionio.gr) and
Dr Polyxeni Strolonga (strolonga@ionio.gr)

This two-week summer school 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.

The program will consist of everyday lectures by invitedscholars,experts in the field, andvisits to sites, which will give the opportunity to the participants to experience the remains of seafaring activities on the island. Although the program is open to undergraduates, MA students are also welcome to apply. In the latter case the requirements of the course will be adjusted accordingly. The participants will have full access to the library resources and facilities at the Ionian University. The program will offer 3 ECTS= 1,5 US Credits.The cost of the program varies depending on the package you choose.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the program the students will be able to understand the significance of seafaring and to trace its development in various time periods and through different contacts. They will also be emerged into the history of Corfu, which will serve as a case study for all types of seafaring. By studying a variety of sources the participants will cover important historical periods and they will investigate aspects of Greek life that relate to seafaring from maritime religion to commerce. Such multifaceted knowledge will be implemented in other courses they will take in Classical Civilization at their home institution.

Assessment (for students who take this course for credit)
Seafarers in Ancient Greece
• Participation: During class and visits (10%)
• Quizzes: There will be seven quizzes. The five highest scores will count. The quizzes will be on each day’s readings and they will include identifications and short- answer questions(20%)
• Tests: Two tests, each of which will be given at the end of every week and it will cover the material of all lectures. It will include essay questions. (40%)
• Paper: A five-six page long research paper on a topic chosen with the aid of the instructor (30%)

Note: All students will have to give one oral presentation on a scholarly article or on a site in Corfu.

How to Apply
1. fill out and submit the online registration form
2. provide an academic recommendation letter within three weeks after the submission of your application. The letter should be sent to classics@ionio.gr
3. upon notification of acceptance in the program make an advance payment (50% of the total amount) to the Summer School’s bank account, which will be provided by email. If you do not make the deposit, your spot is not guaranteed.

Important Dates:
• Registration and advance payment: 15 May 2020
• Total amount due: 12 June 2020

Cancellation policy
• For cancellations between 15 May and 31 May the deposit will be refunded but there will be a cancellation fee of 150 EUR.
• For cancellations between 1 June and 12 June there will be a 30% cancellation charge in addition to the cancellation fee of 150 EUR.

NOTE: The cancellation period ends on 12 June.No refund is granted for cancellations after 12 June.

Cost of the Summer School

Option A: EUR 750. This amount includes:
• Tuition fees
• Teaching material
• One all-day guided excursion to Ioannina (castle, museums, etc.), and the archaeological site of Dodoni.
• Guided tours carried out during the program, including tickets to museums and sites.

Option B: EUR 1000. This amount includes:
• Tuition fees
• Teaching material
• One all-day guided excursion to Ioannina (castle, museums, etc.), and the archaeological site of Dodoni.
• Guided tours carried out during the program, including tickets to museums and sites
• Accommodation at the University’s hall of residence. Please note that the rooms at the University’s Hall of Residence are not air-conditioned.

• The students who choose Option A should know that in Corfu there are many tourist accommodation establishments. However, due to the high tourist season throughout the duration of the Summer School, it is highly advised to book your accommodation as soon as possible.
• Student who choose Option B should know that rooms in the Hall of Residence of the University are double or triple (same-sex).
• Lower prices have been procured for the students of the Summer School for their meals at specific restaurants.
• Lower prices have been procured for those interested to get around the island by the city and/or green bus
• The Ionian University does not provide travel along with health insurance, which students MUST obtain from their place of origin.