Greece, the cradle of Western civilization, boasts a storied history of more than 5,000 years. This study tour will concentrate on two important periods of that history: the Bronze Age as illustrated by the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete (of Minotaur and Theseus fame) and the Mycenaean civilization on the mainland (the society depicted in the Homeric poems); and the period of the Crusades and following, during which time the Knights of St. John, the Hospitaliers, established themselves on the island of Rhodes. We will spend concentrated time at each of these locales, while seeing important classical sites in Athens, Corinth (where St. Paul lived and preached), Epidaurus, and elsewhere. As always, we will, on a daily basis, encounter modern Greek society, with plenty of opportunities for sharing good food, excellent fellowship (what the Greeks call “parea”), and plenty of Greek dancing!
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