Athens Summer School 2013

January 5-27, 2013

The Department of Archaeology and the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens invite your application to join the third Classical Archaeology Summer School in Athens.
The Summer School is a unique opportunity to study the archaeology and history of ancient Athens at first hand. With a particular focus on the Archaic and Classical periods (ca. 630-323 B.C.) and under expert tuition, you will enjoy formal lectures integrated with daily visits to archaeological sites and museums in Athens and Attica. You will also travel further afield to the panhellenic sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi.
The course is open to students of Australian universities and to Australian high school teachers. Interested members of the general public are also welcome to apply.

Summer School tutors:

  • Dr Lesley Beaumont, Senior Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University of Sydney
    (formerly Assistant Director of the British School at Athens)
  • Dr Stavros Paspalas, Deputy Director of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.

Essential Information

You will be required to remit two separate sums to the University of Sydney for participation in the Athens Summer School.
The first amount of $3250 (based on a minimum enrolment of 15 and current currency exchange rates) represents the in-country costs of your stay in Greece. This includes:

  • Twin-share self catering accommodation at Australian Archaeological
  • Institute hostel in Athens or at other foreign archaeological institute hostels
  • Overnight accommodation in Delphi
  • Site and museum entrance fees
  • In-country transport to sites and museums in itinerary
  • Membership of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens
  • Library use in Athens
  • Six picnic lunches and two taverna dinners

The cost does not include your return airfare to Greece, which you should organise independently.
A deposit of $500 will be required to reserve your place in the Summer School, and the balance of payment will be due 60 days prior to departure.

The second sum payable to the University of Sydney will be your Summer School tuition fee. Although the 2013 levy is not yet known, the 2012 indicative fee is $3310 for undergraduates and $3000 for postgraduates. FEE-HELP is available to enrolled Australian undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Credit points
University of Sydney students can earn 6 senior credit points by undertaking this Summer School in lieu of ARCA2613 (undergraduates) and ARCL 6902 (postgraduates). All students enrolling in the Summer School for credit will be required to complete specified assignments both in Athens and on return to Australia.

Non University of Sydney students should discuss accreditation with their home institutions.

A number of bursaries to offset the cost of participation in the Summer School will be available to successful applicants who would not otherwise be able to participate. If you wish to apply for a bursary, please enclose a letter to Dr Beaumont explaining your reasons for applying. Please note, you may also be eligible to apply for scholarships such as Marion Macaulay Bequest Scholarship for overseas studies in Arts and Education. Click here for information on Exchange Scholarships and Loans

Contact and registration

To register your interest, please complete the enclosed application form and return by June 30, 2012 to:
Dr. Lesley Beaumont
Department of Archaeology A18
University of Sydney NSW 2006


Saturday 5 January 2013 – Day 1

  • Participants arrive
Sunday 6 January – Day 2 (Epiphany)
  • Introduction to the course
  • Lecture 1 – The natural and urban topography of Athens
  • Lecture 2 – Athenian Architecture: Origins, function and the orders
    Cutting of the Vassilopita
  • Visit to Lykabettos Hill, Metro Station exhibitions at Akropolis and Evangelismos Metro stations
  • Group welcome dinner

Monday 7 January – Day 3

  • Lecture 3 – The Athenian Akropolis in the Archaic Period: Architecture and Sculpture
  • Visit Pnyx and view Akropolis from Mouseion Hill
  • Lecture 4 – The Athenian Akropolis in the Classical period: Architecture and Sculpture

Tuesday 8 January – Day 4

  • Visit Athenian Akropolis, Akropolis Study Centre and Akropolis Museum

Wednesday 9 January – Day 5

  • Lecture 5 – The development of the Athenian Agora
  • Visit the Agora, Agora Museum and Areiopagos

Thursday 10 January – Day 6

  • Lecture 6 – The Kerameikos: burial practice and Athenian funerary sculpture
  • Visit Kerameikos and Kerameikos Museum

Friday 11 January – Day 7

  • Visit Plato’s Academy, Piraeus (including Archaeological Museum), Salamis and trireme Olympias.
Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January – Days 8 and 9
  • No organised activities

Monday 14 January – Day 10

  • Lecture 7 – Athenian Vase Painting I
  • Hands on pottery session at the British School of Archaeology at Athens
  • Visit numismatic collection at the Alpha Bank

Tuesday 15 January – Day 11

  • Lecture 8 – Athenian Vase Painting II
  • Visit National Archaeological Museum pottery collection
  • Visit Temple of Olympian Zeus

Wednesday 16 January – Day 12

  • Lecture 9 – Athenian free standing sculpture: The Archaic Period
  • Lecture 10 – Athenian free standing sculpture: The Classical Period
  • Visit National Archaeological Museum sculpture collection

Thursday 17 January – Day 13

  • Lecture 11 – Athenian sanctuary organisation and cult requirements
  • Visit Eleusis and the Sacred Way
  • Visit the border fort at Eleutherai

Friday 18 January – Day 14

  • Lecture 12 – the Case of the “Hephaisteion Architect”
  • Visit Trachones theatre, and the cave of Pan at Vari
  • Visit Sounion (Poseidon and Athena Sanctuaries)

Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January – Days 15 and 16

  • No organised activities

Monday 21 January – Day 17

  • Lecture 13 - The Development of the Theatre
  • Visit south slope of the Akropolis: Theatre of Dionysos, Odeion of Perikles and the Asklepieion
  • Visit north slopes of the Akropolis and Choregic Monument of Lysikrates

Tuesday 22 January – Day 18

  • Visit Marathon, Rhamnous and Oropos (Amphiaraos Sanctuary)

Wednesday 23 January – Day 19

  • Visit Loutsa/Halai Araphenides (Sanctuary of Artemis Tauropolos), Brauron (Sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia) and Thorikos

Thursday 24 January – Day 20

  • Lecture 14 -  Delphi
  • Afternoon – no organized activities

Friday 25 January – Day 21

  • Depart for Delphi early
  • Visit Delphi Archaeological Museum
  • Overnight stay in Delphi

Saturday 26 January – Day 22

  • Delphi site visit
  • Return to Athens
  • Course review
  • Farewell dinner

Sunday 27 January – Day 23

  • Departure from Summer School accommodation.