Day 62: Thursday, June 8 (That’s a wrap!)

Friends,

Today was our final day in Greece. We spent our final class hours in the National Archaeology Museum, and while some of us didn’t give it a second thought, we were able to classify pottery with so much more ease than when PCC set us to the same task ten weeks before. You know what that means?

We grew! We know so much more than we did when we started this trip, some of us as sophomores and some as juniors, and now we move up to juniors and seniors. I’m proud of us.

I’m proud of us for so many reasons. It’s not just that we walk away able to tentatively say “I’m an archaeologist, I have a database on the past and its wonders in my mind, I love Athens and hate the Persians, the Derveni Krater is the most beautiful thing on this Earth and that’s not just me making fun of PCC,” but that we walk away with irreplaceable experiences and as people who feel like they know themselves just a little bit more with the help of two great profs, a handsome TA, and ten of the most amazing people I have ever met.

We walk away with the Greek countryside etched into our minds and our hands, with all its hardships and beauties impressed upon us forever. The soil of endless rolling mountains and plains will stay stuck under our fingernails and the sea salt will remain in our lungs forever. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and I think I can safely speak for us all when I say this: to the twelve other people on this trip, thank you. To the ten other students, I love you, I miss you, and I can’t wait to see you again.

We walk away hand in hand, strong despite the tears, knowing this was the best three months of our lives.

Sincerely,

Victoria Corwin and my ten new best friends: Max Barg, Michael Bodek, Ben Bonner, Saphfire Brown, Grace Caldwell, Tim Conner, Natalie Ferneau, Max Frankel, Shania Kee, Dan Pomerantz

Thanks for following.

PS

A note from DA TA Tim Shea

Hi everyone,

I wanted to send my deepest thanks to Professor Paul Christesen, Professor Julie Hruby, and to the Dartmouth Foreign Study Programs Office for allowing me to be an assistant on this program. I am thankful that Duke let me slip away for semester in order to be an assistant on this FSP. All parties were accommodating leading up to and throughout the trip, and made me feel like I was part of the Dartmouth community.

I also wanted to extend a warm thank you to the students who participated in the program. Being surrounded by such intellectually engaged and mature students reminds me why I entered this field in the first place and revitalized my passion for the ancient world. I hope that all of you will stay in touch with me over the years.

To the friends and family members who followed the blog, you are lucky to have such brilliant men and women in your lives. I hope that those of you who followed along were able to get a sense of the scope of this FSP and the joys and turmoils that any trip like this entails.

Thanks again to all involved,
Tim Shea

Day 61: Wednesday, June 7

Site Visited: CHS Nafplio

Leaders: ?

Hi everyone,

Because all of the students are diligently working, I thought that I would take over the blog for the day. Most of the students are busy tidying up their final papers before the 8:30 pm deadline. Some are working at the Center for Hellenic Studies near the old Venetian harbor of Nafplio, while others seem to be working from their hotel rooms.

All of us have enjoyed our time on the FSP, but I think I speak for all of the students, when I say that we are ready to have these papers over with.

Thanks for following our blog over the last couple months (I am looking at you Spain and Bulgaria).

Best,
TA Tim Shea

Day 60: Tuesday, June 6

Site Visited: Lerna

Leaders: Frankel and Shania

In the morning we went to Lerna,
Middle Helladic but without a Taverna,
Some people forgot their ID’s,
We saw lots of lemon trees.
The were some pretty cool bricks
Max Barg was picking up sticks.
They still call it a corridor house,
Nobody lives there except a mouse.
On the bus back to Nafplio we went,
Our archaeological curiosity spent.
It was time to write our papers,
Or time for Choriatiki with Capers.
I hope you enjoyed hearing rhymes
Good bye; until next times!

-Shania “McFlowDaddy” Kee and Max “#Creative” Frankel

Day 59: Sunday, June 4

Site Visited: Corinth

Leaders: Tim and Vic

Salvete omnes!

Today we spent our free mornings working on our final papers, and after grabbing lunch we hopped on board the Spiros Express to Corinth for the afternoon. Unfortunately, our guide for the day missed his flight from Croatia yesterday and left us flying solo, but Professor Hruby, Tim, and Katie from the Corinth Museum did an admirable job of guiding us through the site. Although our hike up the incredibly imposing Akrocorinth was cut short by an unexpected 3:00 closing time, we managed to survey the area before reconvening at its base and going over the basic history of the site.

We spent rest of our afternoon dividing our time between the museum and the ancient site, which with the exception of the extremely early Temple of Apollo is almost entirely Roman. When the Romans first captured Corinth, the city was the capital of the Achaean League, and as a result the displeased Romans burned most of the settlement to the ground, killed all its men, and enslaved all its women and children. All in a day’s work for a bunch of angry legionaries. The museum is full of amazing Roman portrait sculpture and mosaics, as well as two colossal statues of captive Phrygians, who are shown wearing their barbaric Phrygian caps and – worst of all – pants, which were unthinkable for any self–respecting Roman. We wrapped up the day by splitting up and delivering brief presentations on a handful of the buildings throughout the site before hopping back on the bus and heading back to Nafplio for the evening.

Vale et cureas!

Victoria and Tim