Island Life in Ancient Greece and Turkey Aboard LE SOLÉAL

September 24 - October 2 , 2014

Over 3,000 years ago, the Mycenaeans founded one of the earliest great civilizations of the world on the archipelago stretching from Greece to Turkey across Homer’s “wine dark” Aegean Sea. This exclusive and comprehensive itinerary cruises these waters into the very cradle of Western civilization and the classical world of Greece.

Study Leader Information

Jaclyn Maxwell earned her Ph.D. in History and the Program in the Ancient World at Princeton University, and her B.A. in History and Classics at Tulane University. She is currently Associate Professor in the Departments of History and Classics/World Religions at Ohio University (Athens, OH). Her research focuses on the social, intellectual and religious changes during the Late Roman Empire, with a particular interest in areas that are today Turkey and Syria. Her first book, Christianization and communication in Late Antiquity: John Chrysostom and his Congregation in Antioch examined the social context of Christian preaching in the Roman Empire. Her teaching ranges from ancient Greece and Rome to thematic courses on World Religions that include contemporary events and problems. A native of Greece and more than 25-year veteran study leader of Greece and Turkey, Eleni Zachariou is fluent in five languages, has an M.A. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of La Verne and has completed graduate work in Byzantine and Biblical studies. She will share her extensive knowledge of the islands, peoples, art and cultures of Greece and Turkey throughout the cruise.

Tour Itinerary


For a detailed listing of daily activities and excursions during our trip, please click here for the tour brochure.


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