The program will follow other recent years' itinerary, which means that we will be staying in Athens, Delphi, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and you will not only get a great educational experience, but you will also get to see different parts of the Greek mainland, the Peloponnese, and the Cycladic Islands!

2016 Itinerary

  • 15 May 2016: Depart Philadelphia (or elsewhere, if you prefer) for Athens
  • 16 May 2016: Arrive in Athens to begin the program!
  • 16 May 2016-22 June 2016: Following a short stay in Athens, we will move to Mykonos, then to Santorini, then to Crete, then to Delphi (after a lovely and exciting overnight ferry ride!), then we will continue to Tolo, which allows for trips to Mycenae, Epidauros, and Corinth. The program will conclude following a brief final stay in Athens.
  • 22 June 2016: Our program is complete! Return to the US and share your stories and photos!

2016 Program Faculty

Dr. Bryan Crable, program director. 2nd program faculty: Dr. Billie Murray

2016 Program Courses

Rhetoric and Democracy in Ancient Greece (COM 3204, taught by Dr. Murray); Rhetoric and Myth in Ancient Greece (COM 3208, taught by Dr. Crable)

COM 3204: Rhetoric and Democracy in Ancient Greece

This course offers students the unique opportunity of exploring both rhetoric and democracy and the cultural context in which they arose, in the 5th and 4th centuries, B.C. Specifically, this course examines the history of and debates over one of the most important traditions in the field of communication: rhetoric. Through theoretical and cultural explorations of ancient and modern Greece, the birthplace of both rhetoric and democracy, we will discover connections between the workings of democracy and the art of rhetoric. Discussions of political and social shifts within ancient Greek culture, the rise and fall of the Greek polis, and the importance of a rhetorical education will be focal points throughout the course. These contexts, which come together in the earliest practice and theorizing of rhetoric, allow us to raise questions regarding the role of speaking and language in democratic participation—questions that have as much relevance to us today as to the ancient Greeks. 3 credits

COM 3208: Rhetoric and Myth in Ancient Greece

This course offers students an opportunity to explore a familiar topic: the mythology of the ancient Greeks. However, this course explores myth in a way that is quite distinct. As opposed to thinking about myth as a primitive form of religion or science—or as a literary product—we are going to be placing myth back within its original context. That is, as a class we will be asking: what was the rhetorical function of myth in archaic and classical Greece? Through our theoretical and cultural explorations of ancient and modern Greece, we will re-discover the close connection between the stories of Greek myth, the spread of literacy, and the growth of both democracy and the art of rhetoric in classical Athens (connecting, in this way, to the subject of COM 3204). 3 credits

Excited yet? (you should be!)

Get the application process started!

All interested students should contact the Faculty Program Coordinator and visit the Office of Education Abroad website to learn about the requirements and how to apply—but be sure to complete your application process by the early application deadline of December 15!

Dr. Bryan Crable
Department of Communication
Garey Hall B5A
Villanova University
phone: 610.519.4751

Summer in Greece Brochure

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For more information, download the brochure for the Summer in Greece program, and visit the program's website for pricing, details, and the online application!

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Summer in Greece Brochure
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