About the course
This course is led by UBC faculty member Hallie Marshall.
The poetic traditions of ancient Greece were deeply rooted in place and cultural events and practices. This course seeks to explore ancient Greek drama beyond the confines of the traditional classroom by associating texts with particular sites in Greece and ancient performance traditions and conventions. Students will be encouraged to think not only about how text creates meaning, but also how performance creates meaning, and how physical and cultural spaces exert influence. It is expected that students will embrace thinking about poetry that sits not quietly on the page, but resounds in the ancient performance space; to think about how cultural products can be both universal and yet rooted in time and place; and to see that the traditions they are learning about, which often seem distant and abstract, have a tangible form where the ghosts of the past can be felt amidst the ruins.
About the experience
Students will travel to a variety of locations in Greece, visiting numerous sites related to ancient performance traditions and the mythology and history of ancient Greece. Students will also participate in a SSHRC-funded project, making a short film of a scene from an ancient Greek tragedy.
Galaxidi, Delphi, Oiniades, Naupaktos, Patras, Nemea, Isthmia, Nafplio, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Naxos, Athens, Athenian Acropolis, Theatre of Dionysus, Ancient Agora of Athens*
* If there are lingering concerns about Covid-19, the travel itinerary may be altered to avoid major urban areas such as Athens.
A typical day might include
A typical day will begin with breakfast at the hotel, following which we will take our bus to one or more archaeological sites, and then return by bus to our accommodations. In some locations, we will have guest lectures or workshops with professors and theatre artists from Greece. Following lunch, students will have a bit of free time and we will regroup in the late afternoon for discussion and/or presentations. There will be occasional group meals in the evenings, but generally, students will have evenings to themselves.
Notable environmental conditions
While May in Greece is usually pleasantly warm (mid-20s), students should be prepared for the possibility of temperatures in the low 30s. Most days we will be visiting archaeological sites which will involve a great deal of walking, sometimes over uneven terrain.
Students will be expected to share rooms with their fellow students in the program, with the number of students in each room varying from hotel to hotel (from doubles to quads). We will be staying at a variety of hotels (generally 3 star) which have been selected for their location and their generous Greek hospitality.