Twenty-one Remove Classicists embarked upon a tour of mainland Greece with IKC, MGGD and EOH over the Easter break. And there could not have had a more dramatic back-drop for the opening night’s dinner than the floodlit Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion in southern Attica.
The drama continued the following morning, with a visit to the old stomping ground of Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles: namely the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens. As the rain came down, the undaunted students leapt up hill after ancient hill, from the Acropolis to the Pnyx, the Areopagus, Philipapou and the hill of all hills, Lykabetos. Ice cream also became a mainstay of the Greek experience, whatever the weather.
Other classical highlights in Athens included the gargantuan Temple of Olympian Zeus and the beating heart of ancient Athens that is the Agora. The pick of Athens’ indoor sites were the sleek New Acropolis Museum and the immense National Archaeological Museum including the famous death mask of Agamemnon.
Leaving behind the urban bustle, we stopped off at delightful Eleusis, home of the renowned Mysteries, en route to the spectacular hillside sanctuary at Delphi, belly-button of the ancient world. With a distant glimpse of Odysseus’ island home, we pressed on into the Peloponnese for a race at the original Olympic stadium, before heading through the cyclopean walls of Bronze Age Mycenae, down a 3,000 year old water cistern and up to the top of the show-stopping theatre of Epidauros.
Much was covered in an invigorating six days with a wonderfully enthusiastic and engaged group of students, and we are already looking forward to Greece 2016.