Male and Female in the Greek Polis (Athens)

Location: Athens, Greece

June 22, 2015 to July 18, 2015

Program Type

Field school



Project Director:

Robert F. Sutton, Emeritus Professor of Classical Studies UPUI; Research Associate, Bryn Mawr Coll.

Project Description

The culture of the ancient city state examined through the lens of gender via first-hand study of ancient sites, artifacts, and works of art considered with selections from Greek literature and modern scholarship.  Focusing on Athens and Sparta, the course considers the role of gender and sexuality in the institutions of politics, warfare, athletics, marriage, domestic life, myth, religion, and ritual.  Based in Athens, students will visit nearby sites and museums (including Acropolis, Agora, Piraeus, Marathon, Brauron, Sounion, Eleusis, and Isthmia) with overnight trips to Sparta, Olympia, Delphi, and Thermopylae.

Period(s) of Occupation: From the Bronze Age through the Classical era and beyond

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum age: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Students are housed within walking distance of the CYA Academic Center in either CYA student apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens or in hotel accommodations arranged by CYA. CYA apartments are simply furnished and equipped with a full kitchen and air-conditioned bedrooms. Towels, linens and housekeeping service will be provided. Hotel accommodations will be simple ‘B’ or ‘C’ class, double-occupancy, air-conditioned rooms with breakfast included.

A full mid-day meal will be served weekdays in the CYA cafeteria. A portable packaged lunch will be provided on those weekdays when the group is away from Athens on a day-trip. During overnight stays outside Athens, hotel breakfast is included daily.

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered Recommended credit: 4 Summer CYA courses are the equivalent of a regular semester-long course at CYA. A detailed syllabus outlining the contact hours, reading and assesment is available upon request.
$2,990 including accommodations, lunch midweek (Monday-Friday) while in Athens, and hotel breakfast daily during overnight stays outside Athens.


Contact Information
College Year in Athens
PO Box 390890
617 868 8200
617 868 8207