Athens Classical Archaeology Intensive Program 2019

January 4-25, 2019

The Department of Archaeology and the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens invite your application to join the fifth Classical Archaeology Intensive Program Program in Athens.

The Summer Program 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 and New Zealand universities and to high school teachers in Australia and New Zealand. Interested members of the general public are also welcome to apply.

  • Dr Lesley Beaumont, Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology
    (formerly Assistant Director of the British School at Athens)
  • Dr Stavros Paspalas, Acting Director of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.

Essential Information

The in-country costs of your stay in Greece, payable to the University of Sydney, amount to $2750 (based on a minimum enrolment of 15 and current currency exchange rates).
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
  • Seven picnic lunches and three 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 Program, and the balance of payment will be due 60 days prior to departure.

You will also be required to meet the tuition costs of the unit. These will vary depending on what type of student you are. Most domestic students enrolled in an undergraduate degree will receive a Commonwealth Supported Place, the student contribution to which can be deferred to HECS-HELP. Students and high school teachers not enrolled in a degree may enrol in the unit on a non-award basis. Information on tuition fees is available at:

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Units of Study: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Credit points
University of Sydney students can earn 6 credit points at undergraduate or postgraduate level by undertaking this Summer Program. All students enrolling in the Summer Program 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 Program 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 the Marion Macaulay Bequest Scholarship for overseas studies in Arts and Education.
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Contact and registration

To register your interest, please complete the enclosed application form and return by June 30, 2015 to:
Dr. Lesley Beaumont
Department of Archaeology A18
University of Sydney NSW 2006

Download the Athens Summer Program application form

Program January 2019

Friday 4 January – Day 1

  • Participants arrive
Saturday 5 January – Day 2
  • Introduction to the course and assignment tasks
  • Lecture 1 – The natural and urban topography of Athens: Urban organisation and discoveries from the Metro excavations.
  • Lecture 2 – Athenian Architecture: Origins, function and the orders      
  • Visit Temple of Olympian Zeus, exhibitions at Akropolis and Evangelismos Metro stations and Lykabettos Hill
  • Group welcome dinner

Sunday 6 January – Day 3 (Epiphany)

  • Lecture 3 – The Athenian Akropolis in the Archaic Period: Architecture and Sculpture      
  • Lecture 4 – Athenian Akropolis in the Classical period: Architecture and Sculpture
  • Visit Athenian Akropolis

Monday 7 January – Day 4

  • Visit Pnyx and Akropolis Museum

Tuesday 8 January – Day 5

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

Wednesday 9 January – Day 6

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

Thursday 10 January – Day 7

  • Visit Plato’s Academy, Piraeus (including Archaeological Museum), Trireme Olympias, Trachones Theatre

Friday 11 January – Day 8
  • Lecture 7 – Athenian sanctuary organisation and cult requirements
  • Visit Eleusis and the Sacred Way
  • Visit the border fort at Eleutherai
Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January – Days 9 & 10
  • No organised activities

Monday 14 January – Day 11

  • Lecture 8 – Athenian Free standing Sculpture: The Archaic Period                 
  • Lecture 9 – Athenian Free standing Sculpture: The Classical Period        
  • Visit National Archaeological Museum sculpture collection

Tuesday 15 January – Day 12

  • Visit Marathon, Rhamnous and Oropos (Amphiaraos Sanctuary)

Wednesday 16 January – Day 13

  • Lecture 10 – Athenian Vase Painting I          
  • Hands on pottery session at the British School of Archaeology at Athens
  • Visit numismatic collection at the Alpha Bank

Thursday 17 January – Day 14

  • Lecture 11 – Athenian Vase Painting II           
  • Visit National Archaeological Museum pottery collection

Friday 18 January – Day 15

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

Saturday 19 January – Day 16

  • No organised activities

Sunday 20 January – Day 17

  • Early evening Lecture 12 on Delphi

Monday 21 January – Day 18

  • Early departure for Delphi
  • Visit Delphi Museum
  • Overnight stay in Delphi

Tuesday 22 January – Day 19

  • Delphi site visit
  • Return to Athens

Wednesday 23 January – Day 20

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

Thursday 24 January – Day 21

  • Lecture 14 – The Case of the “Hephaisteion Architect” (mini-lecture delivered en route to site visits)
  • Visit Temple of Apollo Zoster and the cave of Pan at Vari
  • Visit Sounion (Poseidon and Athena Sanctuaries)
Friday 25 January – Day 22
  • Departure from Summer Program accommodation