Sunday, March 20, 2016

Greek Odyssey '16 -- Athenian Highlights

Today was our first full day of sight seeing. We spent most of the day exploring the Athenian archaeological sites. Obviously this included the Acropolis with its iconic Parthenon.

The weather was perfect and we were able to enjoy an extended walk through the ancient Agora. Though it seems a bit odd to say, one of the highlights was seeing the prison in which Socrates was executed. The wonderful thing about this site, was the chance to reflect on Socrates' importance to Western philosophical and ethical traditions. 

A bit later along our walk Miss Hardwick was able to point out the various styles of masonry and teach the students about the differences between classical Greek and Byzantine masonry. It was impressive to hear from some of her former students just how much they understood about the Christian traditions and how their reception in the ancient world.

And we saw two turtles mating. So... science happened. 

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