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The Minoans

Based principally on the island of Crete, the Minoans flourished from about 2600 to 1200 BC. The civilization was lost, but “rediscovered” at the end of the 19th century through the legendary Knossos. We have little written evidence relating to the Minoans, but a wealth of archaeological evidence, which has historians asking more questions than they can provide hard and fast answers for. SUGGESTED READING Rodney Castleden, Minoans: Life in Bronze Age Crete. Routledge, 1990 COURSE... [More]

Beyond Vesuvius

Explore one of the most archaeologically and historically dense areas in the world – the sultry city and expansive bay of Naples. Look at the development of the area over four millennia and at the way human culture in the region was shaped by its dynamic volcanic environment and proximity to the sea. The mazes of ancient tunnels and catacombs throughout the region, its spectacular natural beauty and mysterious, at times spine chilling, ancient sites will be explored along with some... [More]
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Beyond Vesuvius

<p>Explore one of the most archaeologically and historically dense areas in the world – the sultry city and expansive bay of Naples. Look at the development of the area over four millennia and at the

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The Birth of the Classical World

The Iron Age of the Mediterranean and Aegean seems dwarfed by the later glories of Classical Greece, and the rise of Rome. Yet the period 750-500 BC saw an explosion of trade and cultural exchange, from the shores of North Africa to the Far East areas of Turkey, as Greeks and Phoenicians traded, colonized and fought each other for over 200 years. Explore cities and areas as varied as the great Greek cities of South Italy and Sicily; Carthage; Lake Van; South East Turkey and... [More]

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The Exodus

The Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt to the ‘Promised Land’ is one of the most famous stories of the Old Testament. It is a story that is played out against the world of the pharaohs, involving escape from servitude and the attainment of freedom. This course investigates what the Old Testament says about the Exodus in the context of the known history of New Kingdom Egypt, using the findings of archaeology to examine the narrative. SUGGESTED READING Arnold, B.T. and Hess, R.T.... [More]

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