Week 6

Week 6

Monday April 27th

Sites Visited: Eretria (Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic city-state), Marathon (Persian War battlefield)

Where did we stay tonight?: Athens

Leaders: Charles Clark and Kait Barber

Today was the grand finale in our whirlwind tour of Central Greece. Our scheduled visit to the site and museum at Eretria evolved into a series of fencehoppings, when our Swiss guide failed to appear. At the site, we were divided into pairs and commissioned to read and present on some of the well-preserved Classical and Hellenistic buildings including houses, a theater, a gymnasium, and the temple of Apollo Daphnephoros. Having completed our tour of Eretria, we traveled back to Attica from Euboea via a short ferry ride.

            The next stage of our day’s festivities was a lecture at the site of Marathon, where a combined force of Athenians and Plateans defeated the forces of Darius in the First Persian Invasion. We were able to see a large tumulus where the fallen Athenians had been buried. Unfortunately a large fence made it difficult to explore the area. After another dramatic reading by Assaf we climbed on the bus and headed back to Athens.

            Back in Athens we all relaxed and did various things. After napping and catching up on the internet, some of us headed out to a noodle place for dinner. With tummies full everyone headed off to bed.  

Day 37 Photo Gallery:

Prof. Faro explains the morning's assignment shortly after arrival at Eretria.

Prof. Faro explains the morning's assignment shortly after arrival at Eretria.

Dallis and Alex M. head for the theater, while Jason and Kathryn focus on the "human drama" of Eretrian domestic architecture.

Dallis and Alex M. head for the theater, while Jason and Kathryn focus on the "human drama" of Eretrian domestic architecture.

Flora a-plenty at the overgrown site of Eretria.

Flora a-plenty at the overgrown site of Eretria.

An old wagon, overgrown like everything else at Eretria.

An old wagon, overgrown like everything else at Eretria.

Charlie consults his notes while Dallis, KT, Joe, and Chris look on with bemusement.

Charlie consults his notes while Dallis, Kait, Joe, and Chris look on with bemusement.

Waiting for Eretria presentation inspiration.

Waiting for Eretria presentation inspiration.

Prof. Faro provides a visual aid while Ben and KT present on a Hellenistic house at Eretria.

Prof. Faro provides a visual aid while Ben and KT present on a Hellenistic house at Eretria.

Kathryn explains the phasing of one of the houses at Eretria.

Kathryn explains the phasing of one of the houses at Eretria.

KT presents while Kate and Joe listen at Eretria.

KT presents while Kate and Joe listen at Eretria.

Dallis admire's Ben's "graceful" fence-jumping technique.

Dallis admire's Ben's "graceful" fence-jumping technique.

Alex goes for the fence-hopping gold...

Alex goes for the fence-hopping gold...

...he sticks the landing!  And the crowd goes wild.

...he sticks the landing! And the crowd goes wild.

Scenic vista at Marathon Lake.

Scenic vista at Marathon Lake.

Group photo at Marathon lake.

Group photo at Marathon lake.

Alex A. brings the past to life with a semi-dramatic reading of Herodotus at Marathon.

Alex A. brings the past to life with a semi-dramatic reading of Herodotus at Marathon.

Unfortunately, Marathon had a case of the Mondays.

Unfortunately, Marathon had a case of the Mondays.

If the FSP had an Homeric epithet, this might be it.

If the FSP had an Homeric epithet, this might be it.

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