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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Monumental Politics Greece

Monumental Politics in Greece and Italy

 When people fight over the ‘sacred ground’ of the 9/11 memorial, grieve for people who resisted economic austerity, or regulate the size and design of funerary memorials, they demonstrate the political stakes and importance of public monuments. Monuments highlight the affective and aesthetic dynamics of politics--particularly around the production of a democratic, tragic, or tyrannical political body through death and sacrifice. This class compares the political significance of monuments in ancient democratic Athens, Imperial Rome, and the contemporary United States. What lives are worthy of commemoration? How should those lives and actions be remembered? We will also examine contemporary monumental practices in Greece in response to the recent austerity and immigrant crises. Looking at different ways that democracies, republics, and empires have attempted to memorialize, glorify, and mourn the ‘public’ dead improves our understanding of political life. 

Program Details

Credits Offered:

  • History (HIST) 388: Topics in European History
  • Government (GOVT) 329: Issues in Political Theories and Values
  • Art History (ARTH) 398: Study Abroad in the History of Art
  • Honors (HNRS) 130: Conceptions of Self
  • Graduate credit may be possible.


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University


Double or triple occupancy rooms in hotels

Program Cost (Winter 2018): $4100

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Daily breakfasts included at hotels
  • Transportation to all required program activities
  • Flight from Athens to Rome
  • Lectures
  • Guides and tours
  • Entry fees for required program activities
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending

Program Itinerary*

Pre-Meeting (TBD) Lecture and tour of DC Monuments
Day 1 Arrival in Athens. Walking tour and lecture around the Acropolis
Day 2 Visit and lecture: Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
Day 3 Visit to Agora followed by evening lecture
Day 4 Visit to Keramikos followed by evening lecture
Day 5 Visit to Excarcia. Lectures on austerity and mourning
Day 6 Drive and visit to Delphi while enjoying a lecture on the bus
Day 7 Drive and visit to Olympia while enjoying a lecture on the bus
Day 8 Visit to Mycenae, return to Athens, then depart for Rome. Lecture on Modern Greece
Day 9 Visit to the Roman Forums. Lecture on Imperial Triumphs
Day 10 Visit to the Pantheon and Navona. Lecture on public events and public religion
Day 11 Lecture on Reformation and political vision with a visit to St. Peters Bascilica 
Day 12 Student presentations at site
Day 13 Student presentations at site
Day 14 Depart Rome for the US
Post-Meeting (TBD) Film Assignment and Dinner

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Contact Information

Program Officer

Laura Scobey

Academic Director

Char Miller

Dates / Deadlines:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.