Greece and Turkey
The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey
from Athens to Istanbul

2 weekly lectures
12 weeks/62 minutes

Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Obert Meeting Room

The shimmering turquoise waters and lost worlds of the Aegean await you. Grab your travel hat and join us for a unique cultural journey to the dramatic landscapes of Greece and Turkey—to dazzling ancient cities, majestic empires, and magical treasures of history.

October 3, 2018
1. Touring the Cradle of Western Civilization
2. Athens—Around the Acropolis and Parthenon

 October 10, 2018
3. In the Footsteps of Socrates—Historic Athens
4. Around Attica—Temples and Mysteries

 October 17, 2018
5. Seeking the Good Life—Corinth to Epidauros
6. Mycenae—Where Kings Planned the Trojan War

October 24, 2018
7. Around Nafplio—Greek History at a Glance
8. Ancient Olympia—Gods, Games, and Temples

October 31, 2018
9. Quest for Wisdom at Apollo's Oracle—Delphi
10. Byzantine Outposts—Monemvasia and Mistra

November 7, 2018
11. Cruising the Islands—Mykonos and Delos
12. Aegean Ring of Fire—Milos and Santorini

November 14, 2018
13. Exploring Crete—Realm of Ancient Minoans
14. Lure of the Labyrinth—Palace at Knossos

November 21, 2018
15. The Dodecanese—Kos, Patmos, and Rhodes
16. Welcome to Turkey—The Turquoise Coast

November 28, 2018
17. Central Turkey—Ankara, Konya, Cappadocia
18. Up the Meander River—Priene to Pamukkale

December 5, 2018
19. A Wonder of the World—Ephesus
20. Royal Cities of Asia—Pergamon and Sardis

December 12, 2018
21. Troy—Beyond Homer and the Trojan Horse
22. Istanbul—Capital of the Byzantine Emperors

December 19, 2018
23. The Pearl of Constantinople—Hagia Sophia
24. Ottoman Istanbul—Mosques, Palaces, Bazaars

Dr. John R. Hale is the Director of Liberal Studies at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He earned his B.A. at Yale University and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in England. Professor Hale teaches introductory courses on archaeology, as well as more specialized courses on the Bronze Age, the ancient Greeks, the Roman world, Celtic cultures, the Vikings, and nautical and underwater archaeology. An accomplished instructor, Professor Hale is also an archaeologist with more than 30 years of fieldwork experience. He has excavated at a Romano-British town in Lincolnshire, England, and at the Roman Villa of Torre de Palma in Portugal. Among other places, he has carried out interdisciplinary studies of ancient oracle sites in Greece and Turkey, including the famous Delphic oracle, and participated in an undersea search in Greek waters for lost fleets from the time of the Persian Wars. Professor Hale has received many awards for distinguished teaching, including the Panhellenic Teacher of the Year Award and the Delphi Center Award. His writing has been published in the journals Antiquity, The Classical Bulletin, the Journal of Roman Archaeology, and Scientific American.
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The World's Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites

2 weekly lectures 
18 weeks / 60 minutes

Wednesdays at 12:00 P.M.
Obert Meeting Room

“ Earth is an amazing and wondrous planet. Learning more about it gives us new eyes 
that increases our ability to appreciate
its beauty and complexity.”