“The lost world of ancient Crete” Summer school at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies

The Institute for Mediterranean Studies (Rethymno, Crete) organises a ten-day summer school (1-10 Juy 2019) on the civilization of ancient Crete.

The prehistoric civilization of Minoan Crete is world-famous and attracts major scholarly and lay attention. As for classical antiquity, the history and archaeology of Crete have largely remained outside wider purview and mainly explored by specialist scholars. This is despite the variety and fascinating nature of the existing sources about ancient Crete and the important questions and answers they provide.

The purpose of this summer school is to introduce participants to the lost world of ancient Crete and its history, archaeology and culture. The classes offered will explore politics and warfare; the development of institutions and laws; writing systems and their uses; economic and social conditions; sexuality and gender; religion; material and visual culture; the image of Crete and Cretans in ancient Greek literature.

Classes will be held in the premises of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, in a stunning complex of buildings of the Venetian and Ottoman era. Accommodation will be provided by the House of Europe, hosted in a traditional refurbished building. Both classes and accommodation will be located in the scenic Old Town of Rethymno, allowing participants to explore also the post-classical history and culture of Crete and its Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman and Modern Greek phases and elements.

This summer school is addressed to undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology, Philology, Near Eastern studies and Late Antique studies. There is a limited number of places available (between 10-15) in order to offer an intensive learning experience to all participants. The cost will be 650 euros, which covers the tuition fee, trips to archaeological sites, and accommodation.

Organising committee
Assistant Professor Kostas Vlassopoulos, University of Crete
Associate Professor Melina Tamiolaki, University of Crete

The deadline for applications is the 10thof March 2019.

Further information, enquiries and submission of applications should be addressed to summerschool@ims.forth.gr


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