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Week 5

Saturday April 25

Sites Visited: Thermopylae (Persian War battle site), Dimini (Neolithic and Mycenaean settlement), beach!

Where did we stay tonight?: Volos

Leaders: Ally Begly and Chris Johnson

After a delicious spread at breakfast of miscellaneous starches and tang, we bid goodbye to Hotel Philippos and the wonderful bowling alley (sigh) of Levadhia. We boarded the bus and headed to Thermopylae. Having just watched a recent adaptation of the battle, 300, we were all excited to see the site of the famous Greek and Persian clash of 480 BCE. After looking around and confirming the lack of mutant rhinoceri and/or giant trolls, Professor Faro gave us a lecture in front of the modern monument to the battle. There wasn’t much to see, because the coastline had receded back about 5km from ancient times, and what was once was a narrow pass was now just a road in the middle of a plain. However, it was still exciting to see the site of such a famous battle, and the Spar-Students announced their profession to the other visitors at the site (see video 1). Back on the bus, we stopped at an oasis of overpriced snacks, German tourists, and fascinating arcade games for a brief lunch. We continued on to Dimini, an ancient Neolithic and Mycenaean settlement, where we met Dimitra Rousioti, who told us about the settlement. After an informative lecture, Dimitra suggested we all take a trip to the beach and save the museum for the morning. No one protested. At the beach, we relaxed, played basketball, and had an intense FSP volleyball face off. After much (valiant) flailing, rolling in the sand, and ducking out of the way of the ball, we called a day and went to our hotel in Volos. Tomorrow morning we have off, and then we head to Chalcis, our last stop before returning to Athens. For a more creative take on today, email alexander.assaf@dartmouth.edu.

Spear-rattling campaign:

Dimini lecture highlights:


Day 35 Photo Gallery:

Admiring the American-funded roadside monument at Thermopylae

Admiring the American-funded roadside monument at Thermopylae

Charlie, Jerry, Jason, Ally, Dallis, and KT puzzle out the Spartan epitaph at Thermopylae.

Charlie, Jerry, Jason, Ally, Dallis, and KT puzzle out the Spartan epitaph at Thermopylae.

Basking in the glory of times gone by.

Basking in the glory of times gone by.

Soldiers of the FSP army brave the existential threat of modern times: oncoming traffic.

Soldiers of the FSP army brave the existential threat of modern Thermopylae: oncoming traffic.

Archaeologist Dimitra Rousioti lectures to the group at Dimini.

Archaeologist Dimitra Rousioti lectures to the group at Dimini.

Heading into the Mycenaean tholos tomb that is built into the side of the magoula at Dimini.

Heading into the Mycenaean tholos tomb that is built into the side of the magoula at Dimini.

Alex A. examines the masonry techniques in use at Mycenaean Dimini.

Alex A. examines the masonry techniques in use at Mycenaean Dimini.

Joe, Alex A. and Kate consider the early evidence for sociopolitical complexity at Dimini.

Joe, Alex A. and Kate consider the early evidence for sociopolitical complexity at Dimini.

After some hasty calculations regarding domesticable crop yields, They share their conclusions with their compatriots.

After some hasty calculations regarding domesticable crop yields, They share their conclusions with their compatriots.

Beach volleyball near Volos.

Beach volleyball near Volos.

Jason serving: 15-love

Jason serving: 15-love

Alex A. in action.

Alex A. in action.

Chris and Joe vye for access to volleyball glory.

Chris and Joe vye for access to volleyball glory.

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